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6 Offbeat Venison Recipes to Try with This Year's Deer

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Future Venison Dinner

Anything made with venison is pretty hard to beat, but try these recipes to take it to the next level. 

I am not a professional chef by any means, but I do enjoy cooking. My favorite main dish will always have some form of venison in it.

It's always fun to come up with a recipe--even better when it turns out well. With my busy schedule, the most important aspect of a recipe is that it needs to be fairly easy. These recipes are great by themselves, or you can add your favorite side dishes and make it a great meal.

1. BBQ Pineapple Meatballs

  • 1 lb venison burger
  • 2 cups Sweet Baby Rays barbecue sauce
  • 2 8 oz cans pineapple chunks

Form the burger into golfball-sized meatballs. Cook the meatballs on all sides in a deep pan until fully cooked. Meanwhile, mix the barbecue sauce and juice from both cans of pineapple in a bowl. Add the pineapple chunks to the pan and brown for one minute, then pour in the sauce-and-juice mixture. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over rice.



2. Teriyaki Steak

  • 1 lb of venison steaks
  • 1 onion
  • 2 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 17 oz. bottle of teriyaki sauce

Slice steak 1/4" wide strips. Slice the peppers and onion into your preferred size. Add both the steak and peppers into a deep pan. Cook until onions are tender and steak is cooked thoroughly, stirring periodically. Add the whole bottle of teriyaki sauce to the pan, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over rice.


3. Butterflied Backstrap

  • 1 5-6" piece of venison backstrap
  • 1 smaller onion
  • Seasoning salt
  • 1 apple
  • Garlic Salt

Butterfly the backstrap until 1/2" thick throughout. Place in a smaller baking pan and sprinkle garlic and seasoning salt over the top. Slice the onion into smaller pieces and dice the apple. Add the onion and apple on top of the backstrap. Cook in an oven preheated to 400 degrees until it reaches your desired "doneness"!


4. Cheese-Filled Burger Dogs

  • 1 lb venison burger
  • 1 brick of cheddar cheese

Cut the cheese into 1/2" x 1/2" x 3" sticks. Take a chunk of burger and form it completely around one piece of cheese. Repeat until the entire burger has been used. Move to a preheated grill and cook all the way around. It should take around 12 minutes total. Serve it as you would a normal hot dog.


5. Spicy Cheeseburger With Mushrooms

  • 1 lb venison burger
  • Mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Seasoning salt to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Cheddar cheese slices

Form the burger into patties and place onto a preheated grill. Sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper flakes and again after flipping before you add the cheese. Cook until they reach your desired doneness.

While the burgers are cooking, slice the mushrooms and sauté them in the butter. Cook them until done all the way through, but still firm. Once the burgers are done, place them on a bun and top with the cooked mushrooms.


6. Pineapple Upside-Down Meatball Cornbread

  • 1 lb venison burger
  • 1 can pineapple slices
  • 1 box cornbread mix

Form the burger into golfball-sized meatballs. Cook the meatballs on all sides until cooked about halfway through. Place the pineapple slices in a single layer on the bottom of a baking pan. Put the meatballs in the middle of the slices, as you would cherries for a cake. Follow directions on the box to prepare the cornbread. Once it is fully mixed, pour the batter over the pineapple and meatballs. Cook for 25 minutes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees. When it's done, let it cool for a few minutes before flipping it upside-down onto a serving dish. 


All images courtesy of Cody Wegener

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