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The Best Ground Venison Recipes

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If you are an avid hunter, or you know one, there is a chance you have a freezer full of ground venison. Here is a collection of recipes to help you turn that bounty into delicious meals your family will love.

Collage of recipes using ground dear meat like venison chili, venison burger, venison stroganoff and venison lentil stew.

Just like anything, it can be easy to grow tired of your go to venison recipes. When your freezer is full it is nice to have some inspiration. So below are some of our favorite ground venison recipes for you to try.

I think it is pretty common to get in a rotation of a handful of recipes for each type of protein you eat regularly. I know that happens to me.

My family tends to keep it pretty simple when they process deer. They do it themselves and pull the backstraps and grind the rest.

The backstraps almost always turn into a yummy bul gogi inspired recipe that is cooked on the grill and we all love. Though every once in a while I make some into backstrap and broccoli which we also enjoy tremendously.

Some of the ground meat gets turned into homemade summer sausage. They make the absolute best smoked sausage and it is a favorite of everyone we know.

We use quite a bit in chili as well. Ground deer meat makes excellent chili, and we have a pot of hearty venison chili almost every week during football season.

Of course you can use venison in almost any of your favorite ground beef recipes. If anyone in your family is sensitive to the slightly gamey taste, you should stick to recipes that use big flavors or lots of spices to blend with the earthy flavor.

Venison tacos are a favorite here. Just use a pound of ground meat and a packet of taco seasoning. Add your favorite toppings and you will be enjoying taco night in no time.

Spaghetti is another super easy option. Just add a jar of spaghetti sauce to the browned meat and dinner is ready!

Another family favorite is sloppy joes. There are several great ways to make the tasty sandwiches, but cola sloppy joes are one of our favorites.

Things to Remember When Using Ground Venison

It is good to keep in mind that ground venison meat is much leaner than ground beef or even ground turkey. Some butchers add tallow to up the fat content a bit, but we tend to keep ours really lean.

If yours is also lean, you may want to add a little bit more oil to your skillet when browning the meat that you might with other proteins. Especially if you plan to use the grease to sauté onions, garlic cloves, green bell pepper or other vegetables.

You may also want to mix in some pork or beef when making things like sausage or burgers. That will help you to get great sausage texture or juicy venison burgers.

If you are really sensitive to the flavor of wild meat, you can try soaking the beat in milk or buttermilk before using it. Though I cannot vouge for how well it works because I have not tried it myself.

Now Onto The Recipes

Hearty Venison Chili
This hearty venison chili recipe is loaded with ground venison, lots of beans and big flavor. The best part is it is really simple to put together and the leftovers are every bit as good if not better than the first bowl.
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Bowl of venison chili with lots of beans topped with shredded cheese, jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream.
Sheet Pan Quesadilla
If you are looking for a fun new dinner option, sheet pan quesadillas may be just the thing! It has a crispy shell filled with meat and cheese. Add your favorite toppings for an exciting meal the whole family is sure to love.
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Plate with piece of sheet pan quesadilla topped with sour cream and jalapenos ready to eat.
30 Minute Ground Venison Stroganoff – My Kitchen Serenity
Rich and creamy venison stroganoff made with ground venison, mushrooms, onions, and lots of flavor! Hearty! Ready in less than 30 minutes.
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30 Minute Ground Venison Stroganoff - My Kitchen Serenity
Venison Meatballs With Sweet and Sour Sauce
Venison meatballs with sweet and sour sauce is an easy 30-minute meal made with ground venison and topped with a tangy sweet and sour sauce.
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Venison Meatballs With Sweet and Sour Sauce
Venison Jerky
Homemade Venison Jerky made from ground venison or elk. This marinade can also be used for slice wild game meat.
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Venison Jerky
Creamy Ground Venison and Mushroom Rice
Turn a pound of venison into dinner with this creamy ground venison and mushroom rice recipe. It is always a hit with our family and I am sure it will be with yours as well.
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Dinner plate with creamy rice with venison and mushrooms served with steamed broccoli.
Venison Lentil Stew (Instant Pot or Stovetop) – Champagne Tastes®
This venison lentil stew is made with ground deer meat, red lentils, tomatoes and spinach. Make it in the Instant Pot, slow cooker or stovetop!
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Venison Lentil Stew (Instant Pot or Stovetop) - Champagne Tastes®
Juicy Oven-Baked Venison Burgers Recipe
Mouthwatering, juicy Venison Burgers without any added fat! Make lean delicious venison burgers from ground venison in less than a half hour.
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Juicy Oven-Baked Venison Burgers Recipe

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Andrea Nine

Wednesday 15th of June 2022

We are always up for some good venison recipes that we had any in a couple years. Maybe hunting season this year will change that, lol


Wednesday 15th of June 2022

Fingers crossed for you!