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Moose Burgers (Game Meat Burgers)

Try something new with these delicious moose meat burgers! Rich, full of flavour, and topped with applewood smoked cheddar, these game meat burgers are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ! Perfect for those adventurous enough to try a new type of meat!

vertical image of a fully loaded moose meat burger on a cast iron serving platter

Since moose meat is very lean due to its low-fat content, moose meat is ideal for grinding up and use in burgers and meatballs! If you don’t hunt yourself, get in touch with a local hunter or order some game meat online to try this delicious recipe!

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What Does Moose Meat Taste Like?

Moose meat is rather lean due to most of the fat being located right under the hide off the animal to help keep it warm. This makes moose meat fairly dense and tough in comparison to well-marbled beef most folks are used to. Perfect for grinding up into burger meat!

ground moose meat in a steel bowl

Moose can be quite ‘gamey’ in flavour, though the intensity of this is also dependant on the age and gender of the animal the meat comes from. Younger cows (female moose) will have more tender meat than the older bulls (male moose), though be sure to always follow local hunting regulations when selecting an animal to hunt.

Since moose meat is quite strong in flavour, burgers are the perfect way to mask some of that ‘gamey-ness’ with other ingredients such as the bacon and caramelized onions in this recipe.

What If You Cant Find Moose Meat?

If you can’t find any moose meat to purchase online, or don’t have any local hunters you can approach about acquiring some moose meat, you can always use a different type of game meat, or if all else fails simply use beef.

Venison, bison, and wild boar meat are all excellent choices when making game meat burgers, though do note that their flavours will vary!

What You’ll Need:

Since moose meat is so lean, this burger recipe calls for some finely diced, partially cooked bacon to help add some fat into the burger meat. This will help make the moose burgers a little more tender, while also adding some flavour to the mix.

partially cooked diced bacon in a black pan

You’ll also need some caramelized onions. These are added to the moose meat mixture to help add some depth of flavour and tone down the ‘gamey-ness’.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground moose meat
  • 1/2 lb smoked bacon
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic – minced
  • 2 Spanish onions – caramelized
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper

Burger Toppings

Of course, you’ll want to top these tasty burgers with more ingredients. What you end up using is ultimately up to you. We decided to go with a few classic ingredients (and tried to use Canadian or local PEI products!):

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Can You Freeze These Moose Burgers?

Looking for a way to fill up the freezer? Make a double batch of these burger patties and then freeze them!

forming moose meat burger patties

The best way to do this is to form the burger patties and then freeze them in between pieces of parchment paper, or lay them out flat on a sheet tray until frozen and then store them in a freezer bag.

Once frozen, the moose burgers will keep up to 3 months. To cook simply thaw the burgers in the fridge and then cook immediately.

wild moose meat burger on a cast iron serving plate

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wild moose meat burger on a cast iron serving plate

Moose Meat Burgers (Game Meat Burgers)

Chef Markus Mueller
Try something new with these delicious moose meat burgers! Rich, full of flavour, and topped with applewood smoked cheddar, these game meat burgers are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 10 Moose Burgers
Calories 370.5 kcal

Ingredients
  

Moose Burger Mix

  • 2 lbs ground moose meat
  • 1/2 lb smoked bacon diced and partially cooked
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 2 whole Spanish onions caramelized
  • 1 each egg yolk
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper

Burger Toppings

  • 10 each Sesame seed buns
  • 10 each iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 2 whole tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle Smoke Show lightly smoked jalapeno BBQ sauce
  • 1 block Cows appletree smoked cheddar sliced

Instructions
 

Moose Burger Patties

  • Peel and slice the Spanish onion. Caramelize the sliced onions in a pan with a little oil until dark golden brown. Once dark golden brown, remove from the heat and set aside.
  • As the onions caramelize, dice the smoked bacon, and half cook it in a second pan. The bacon should be cooked but not crispy. Once cooked set aside along with the bacon fat.
    partially cooked diced bacon in a black pan
  • Mix the ground moose meat with the caramelized onion, partially cooked bacon, egg yolk, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form the moose meat mixture into 10 burger patties by forming balls and then flattening them.
    ingredients needed to make game meat burgers in a steel bowl before mixing
  • Cook the moose meat burger patties on a bbq grill or pan fry them on the stove. Cook on each side for about 5 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F.
    moose meat burgers cooking in a pan

Assemble The Burgers

  • Before assembling the moose burgers, make sure you have sliced the tomatoes, cheese, lettuce etc. This is best done while the burger patties are cooking.
  • Assemble the moose burgers and serve immediately.
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2 Comments

  1. I have never tried moose meat before, I like what you have created with it 😉

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