Elk burgers are incredibly juicy and packed full of flavor. These are not gamey at all so fire up the grill and grab your favorite condiments! In just 15 minutes you can whip up some wild game burgers for a dinner the whole family will enjoy. Even better, switch things up and serve these incredible elk burgers at your next summertime BBQ or cookout!
In a medium mixing bowl combine the ground elk meat, seasoning (salt, pepper, paprika - ⅛ teaspoon of one or both onion powder and garlic powder are also great here), and grated butter. Mix lightly, just enough to evenly distribute the seasoning and butter.
1 lb ground elk, ¼ cup butter, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon each, salt & pepper
Portion your elk burger patties out and flatten to approximately 1 inch of thickness, then make an indent with your thumb into the top of each patty.
Heat your grill, cast-iron skillet, or frying pan to medium-high heat (the higher end, almost to high heat, or 375-400°F for grills).
Place the patties onto the grill or into your skillet or frying pan. Cook the burgers without moving them until they are cooked and have formed a caramelized surface, which should take 4-5 minutes for a burger that is 1 inch in thickness,
To finish cooking your burgers on the grill or in a grill pan:For the perfect medium-rare elk burger flip and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes over indirect heat (or in a grill pan). Add cheese if desired and melt for the last minute.
4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
Remove your cooked elk burgers from heat and rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Assemble and serve your burgers with your favorite condiments and toppings.
*Nutritional values are estimated including all optional toppings.
Place your stick of butter in the freezer while you prepare all of the ingredients so that it's easier to grate. Use a knife (rather than your warm hands) to free any butter from your grater when done.
Lightly coat your skillet or frying pan with coconut oil or any oil with a high smoke point if you are cooking on the stove.
Storing: Leftover elk burgers can be stored without toppings or condiments in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezing: Burger patties can be frozen in a heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 12 months if raw (place parchment paper between raw patties) or up to 4 months if cooked. Thaw in the fridge before cooking or reheating.
Reheating: Reheat burgers in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.