My family is one full of burger lovers, but if I had to choose one person to top them all, it would be my dad. He doesn't often make burgers for dinner at home, but when we go out for a meal he will seldom order anything else, and when summer comes around you can rest assured he will be cooking them on the BBQ as often as humanly possible.
The beauty of burgers, in general, is the fact that they make a perfect family or group meal. By serving up a plate of patties along with buns and various toppings and sauces, you're bound to please absolutely everyone.
It was my dad who opened my eyes to the wonder of the venison burger. The meat is succulent and rich, and far better than that of a regular beef patty in my opinion. I've not yet attempted to make my own, but by the looks of these delicious recipes, it won't be long before I do.
1. Venison Burger with Blue Cheese and Shallots
Blue cheese isn't everyone's thing, but it certainly is mine. After a year studying in Paris, the city of love and good cheese, I like to reminisce by finding ways to incorporate my favorite foods from that experience into my meals now.
I love that the cheese in this Venison Burger with Blue Cheese and Shallots is enclosed within the meat, as opposed to being placed in a slice on top. Of course, this is far more exciting. Those crispy shallots on top will give the perfect crunch, and I feel like this topping will frequently be appearing at our summer BBQs now that I have come across it.
2. Mini Venison Burgers
You can't go wrong with mini anything in my opinion. Canapés are my favorite thing, they elevate a gathering of friends to a sophisticated soiree, and keep everyone going before you can bring out the big guns.
These Mini Venison Burgers are simple to make and sure to please. The patties themselves are just meat and seasoning, meaning you will get that venison flavor coming right through with no interruptions. The suggestion to top them with redcurrant jelly is a good one in my opinion, as a hint of sweetness would pair well with the richness of the burger.
3. Venison Cheeseburger with Jalapeño and Guacamole
I must admit I would never have thought to put guacamole on a burger, but now that I have seen it done I am intrigued to give it a go.
With a burger you either have to keep it extremely simple or go all the way, you can't be half-hearted about it, and this Venison Cheeseburger with Jalapeño and Guacamole isn't holding anything back. Multiple different spices and flavors are going on in there, and of course that punchy jalapeño too. A burger isn't complete without cheese for me, so I am glad that element hasn't been abandoned.
4. Grilled Roquefort Stuffed Venison Burger
Give me anything stuffed with cheese, and I will happily wolf it down like this Grilled Roquefort Stuffed Venison Burger.
As well as that delicious burger itself, packed full of melting cheese, some epic sounding toppings are going on here too. You have thickly sliced portobello mushrooms, grilled and tossed with truffle oil, fresh tomatoes and onions, all topped off with ketchup and balsamic vinegar sauce. Sounds like a taste sensation.
5. Simple Venison Burger
This simple venison burger is what I was referring to when I said that with a burger you either have to be extremely simple, or go all the way. This recipe for a Simple Venison Burger has gone with the former, but it does it so well that the flavor will make you forget how simple it is.
Because venison is game meat it packs a punch when it comes to flavor, lending it perfectly to a simple burger. The meat is plainly seasoned, with a combination of Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and anything else you fancy, and then lightly grilled. Pop it into a bun, decorate with whatever toppings you like and dig in.
6. Posh Venison Burgers
From the simple to the posh. These Posh Venison Burgers looks so incredibly appetizing, and although I am not always the best at making food look pretty, I would take my time trying to make these look exactly like the photograph.
The recipe and method are simple, especially considering how delicious they look. The burgers themselves are merely made up of meat and seasoning, so it is the toppings and sauce that bring the excitement. The slightly salty, strong dolcelatte cheese is an excellent choice, especially when paired with crisp watercress and the combination of mayonnaise and mustard.
7. Venison Bacon Burgers
In my experience, I have found that adding bacon to pretty much anything instantly increases people's interest in it. I can't blame them of course as I am the same.
I was drawn to these Venison Bacon Burgers thinking that they would be regular venison patties with bacon on top. You can imagine how delighted I was with the discovery that the bacon is incorporated in the burger patty itself. In this example the burger is between two thick grilled pieces of bread as opposed to a regular burger bun, which I love the look of as it is something a little different.
8. Spicy Venison Burgers
Although you could adjust the size to fit your preference, these Spicy Venison Burgers look incredibly thick and juicy. I love burgers with a bit of a kick, so I can imagine this not lasting too long on my plate.
The spice in these burgers comes from red chilies, and they are also flavored with red onion, garlic and satay sauce. It comes along with a recipe for a delicious looking greek yogurt dressing, and some thinly sliced cucumber, both of which will be making it onto my summer BBQ spread this year.
9. Venison Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
I love a good twist on an old classic, and these Venison Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes certainly deliver on that front. The idea of the whole family sitting around the table, faces covered in sauce and tummies happy makes me smile.
Even with lots of yummy ingredients going into it, this recipe is not at all difficult to follow and will not take long to make. There is little actual hands-on work. It is a perfect example of comfort food, and all the flavors sound warming. Of course, this dish would not be complete without being covered in melted cheese, so don't be afraid of being a little heavy handed with the cheddar.
10. Venison and Apple Cheeseburgers
Pork and apple burgers are always the first to disappear at our family BBQs, and I can't imagine that these Venison and Apple Cheeseburgers would be any different.
Once again part of the cheese is incorporated within the patty itself which I love the sound of and will be using in the future. The sweet, sharp taste of apple will be perfectly paired with the rich, gamey flavor of the meat, and these burgers would be so flavorful that you would only need a couple of extra simple toppings if any.
I can already tell that this year's BBQs are going to have a prominent venison theme about them. Not only that, but I will be working these recipes into our weeknight meal planning. Venison burgers are just as simple to make as regular burgers, so there is no excuse for not giving them a try sometime.
The recipes that are particularly drawing me in are the Venison Burger with Blue Cheese and Shallots, unsurprisingly, and also those Venison Bacon Burgers, mostly because I can tell just by looking at them that they would go down incredibly well with my whole family.
Have you ever tried a venison burger as opposed to a regular beef one? Which of these recipes can you see becoming your new favorite treat?