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venison burger with cheese

Juicy Venison Burgers with Smoky Aioli

Rachel Riesgraf
Venison burgers that are juicy, flavorful and so easy to make! A few slices of bacon mixed with the ground venison adds both fat and a little smoky flavor, making these venison burgers so delicious! Serve with smoky aioli, and you won't be able to put the burger down!
5 stars
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 3 slices uncooked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • ½ tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • butter
  • 4 cheese slices
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • your favorite burger toppings: lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc.

Smoky Aioli

  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ½ tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ tablespoon pickle relish
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together the venison, bacon, egg, dijon, Worcestershire, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Shape into 4 burger patties that are slightly larger than the buns. Let rest for about 10-20 minutes. This helps the burgers hold together when transferring to the stove or grill.
  • Stovetop: Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of butter. Once hot, fry the burgers about 3-5 minutes per side, about 6-7 minutes total for medium doneness. Work in batches if needed, so you don't crowd the pan. Add more butter as needed. Top the burgers with cheese during the last 1-2 minutes.
  • Grill: Preheat the grill over medium-high heat, and scrape the grate clean so the burgers don't stick. Once hot, grill each patty about 3-5 minutes per side, about 6-7 minutes total for medium doneness. Top the burgers with cheese during the last 1-2 minutes.
  • Toast the buns: If desired, spread butter on the insides of the top and bottom buns and place butter side down in the skillet or on the grill. Toast for 1-2 minutes until golden brown; watch closely so they don't burn.
  • Smoky Aioli: In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  • Spread the bottom buns with smoky aioli. Add the burgers and your favorite toppings.
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