You’ve probably made your favorite venison burger so many times that you could do it in your sleep. If you find yourself in a rut or want to shake up the routine a bit, we’ve got you. It’s easy to incorporate exciting flavors and texture into burgers, and the combinations are endless. We’ve put together a list of 12 of our favorite ways to dress up ground deer patties.
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Who doesn’t love a burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, Heinz 57, dill kosher pickle, and a cold draft beer? You don’t need to be a Parrothead to appreciate this classic burger.
Wild Mushroom Swiss Burger
Indulge yourself with a hearty, rich burger topped with sautéed morels, chanterelles, oysters, shaggy manes, pheasant backs, or chicken of the woods mushrooms, plus melted Swiss cheese.
Have a garden growing this summer? Drag that patty through it by adding sweet pickle relish, diced onions, tomatoes, and yellow mustard. Seasoning the venison with a sprinkle of celery salt and black pepper adds the perfect finishing touch.
The cowboy version of a hamburger should include a barbecue sauce, fresh or pickled jalapeños, and fried onion rings. This is a casual dining chain favorite for good reason.
Kick your burger game up a notch by adding rich, caramelized red onions, tangy goat cheese, and a sweet and savory tomato jam instead of ketchup. These unique flavors are a bit fancier, but still super easy to pull together.
Can’t decide between dinner and breakfast? Have both. Just top your burger with a fried egg, a pile of hashbrowns, and garlic aioli (garlic mayo). This is one of the most filling burgers on the list.
This combo is a venison patty stuffed with cream cheese and topped with, you guessed it, bacon and grilled jalapeños. If you live in the upper Midwest, you find this is similar to the region’s famed Juicy Lucy.
Add a slice of grilled pineapple and yellow onions on top of Hawaiian rolls for a sweet and savory take on your burger. Consider this combo for your next summer grill-out.
Santa Fe Burger
Blend roasted hatch chiles with sautéed onions for a spicy, Southwestern kick. The hatch chiles aren’t optional—unlike most peppers, they are known for their flavor as much as their heat.
Spicy Peanut Butter Burger
Blending Sriracha paste and peanut butter adds a unique twist and an Asian influence. I like this best when it’s topped with a little kimchi for textural crunch and acidity. Peanut butter truly does make everything better.\
West Coast Burger
My California-inspired hamburger includes bacon, avocado, sprouts, and quick-pickled onions. Serve it on a pretzel bun with American cheese for an even better flavor and presentation.
Black and Bleu Burger
Last but not least, we can’t forget about the tried-and-true venison burger topped with funky bleu cheese and sweet Vidalia onion rings. You can’t go wrong putting the appetizer on top of the entrée.