I don't add anything to my ground venison for burgers, just make sure the grill is really hot and don't flip them too soon. Sear each side good, and keep the inside pink. When I make italian sausage, I add 1 part pork butt to 2 parts veni. I have added chopped raw bacon to burgers before cooking and they turn out pretty good, we just prefer pure venison, though.
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I agree with Old Hunter in why add anything to make it less healthy and I rationalize that by saying on a 3 to 1 mix, the fat content might go down to about 93% to 7%. We just have friends & family dislike the taste of game (more like just too accustom to beef) and they seem enjoy more when they relate to the taste of beef.
Umpqua Hunter had some good ideas with the bacon wrapped vension burger and keeping other recipes lean. thx
This year, I'm going to experiment with the bacon for burger meat, pork roast mix and 2 kinds of beef hamburger mix - lean & more fatty. And if I'm lucky enough to harvest a whitetail this year, I'll try not adding anything, just haven't harvested a deer for a few years. This year we've been dining on 2 moose and found the flavor is very mild, but mostly we relied on the elk we've taken.
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Last edited by meathunter; 07-15-2012 at 10:38 AM.
I used to always add a little beef fat but a few years back switched to nothing added and grind twice with the course plate. Leaving the grind course allows for easy burger forming and BBQing.
They taste great no matter the critter!
Used to add fat. Depends on what recipe we planned on using most burger for. Now we grind it straight and if neccessary ill add raw egg and mush it all together for the grill. Helps it stay solid.
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Bacon burger is delicious. I used to add beef fat to ground venison, but found that straight venison is better tasting (I've found beef fat to have a slightly off flavor that gets worse with time in the freezer) but straight venison also has trouble sticking together for grilling burger patties.