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Epic Elk Venison and Onion Burger Recipe

This is truly an epic recipe for elk venison burgers. Each hamburger is assembled with baby arugula, a tomato slice, a juicy patty, grilled onions and two types of cheese. (Nevada Foodies photo)

With a mild essence of grated onion, chopped parsley, minced garlic and a few other seasonings, this elk venison recipe results in delicious burgers that are juicer than the usual grilled hamburger.

The secret to this flavor-packed elk venison burger recipe is cooking them on an outdoor flat-top grill (some might call it a griddle). They cook more evenly and retain more moisture because the entire burger is seared slightly, which holds in the moisture. On a traditional grill, only the area that touches the grill is seared. Plus, you can cook the onions and toast the buns on the same flat-top grill.

Yield: 6 elk venison burgers
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ pounds ground elk venison
  • 1 cup grated onion
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus additional for buns
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 6 slices Havarti cheese
  • 6 slices mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 6 sesame seed buns, split
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Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together ground elk venison, grated onion, minced garlic, parsley, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Shape into six 1/2-inch-thick patties.

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    The burger patties are a mixture of ground elk venison, grated onion, minced garlic, parsley, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and salt. (Nevada Foodies photo)
  3. Heat a flat top grill over medium heat and brush with oil. Cook the burgers, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 12-14 minutes total for medium-rare or until desired doneness. During the last few minutes of cooking, top each elk venison burger with a slice of Havarti and cheddar cheese. Remove when cheese is melted and set aside.

  4. While the burgers are cooking, melt 2 tablespoons of butter on the flat top grill and cook the onions, stirring occasionally until soft and golden.

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    Use an outdoor flat-top grill to cook the elk venison burgers and onions. (Nevada Foodies photo)
  6. Brush the cut sides of the buns with melted butter and place cut-side down until warmed and golden.

  7. Put baby arugula and a slice of tomato on the bottom portion of buns and top each with an elk venison burger, grilled onions and bun tops.

For more elk venison recipes, visit: NevadaFoodies.com