Fast-food behemoth Arby's has always claimed they "have the meats." Well, their most recent addition to their menu truly supports the claim: Arby's recently announced the addition of the Big Game Burger to their offerings.
The patty combines 34% venison, 33% elk, and 33% ground beef. The partially wild-game burger is completed with a delicious combination of fried onions, pickles, Swiss cheese, and a dark cherry steak sauce. Clearly, it's a winning combination—one that venison meat enthusiasts can get their hands on starting September 12 for a limited time, nationwide.
This isn't the first time venison has been on Arby's menu. In 2017, the company debuted a venison sandwich. The chain also introduced an elk sandwich to their fan base at the same time. Both sparked a little controversy when Montana's Wildlife Federation scolded the company for using farm-raised meat in the sandwiches and for sending the wrong message about Montana's hunting culture.
To celebrate this launch, Arby's offered a handful of burger fans the opportunity to go to the most remote Arby's in the world via the first Arby's Hike-Thru on The Big Game Burger Trail. The event was set in the Colorado Rockies, allowing attendees to hike through an exclusive scenic trail.
"Arby's has always been known for our meat expertise, and we're taking it to the next level—literally—with our new Big Game Burger's one-of-a-kind blend," said Ellen Rose, the chief marketing officer of Arby's, in a press release. "We're dedicated to crafting unique culinary experiences for our guests, and we hope the Big Game Burger and the immersive Hike-Thru experience allow our fans to tap into their sense of wild adventure—in our restaurants and on the trail."
The closest any other burger place has come to a wild-ish offering was when Burger King and Wendy's offered fish sandwiches to customers during Lent.
While we love that wild game is becoming more mainstream, there's also nothing better than grilling up your own tasty venison burger at home, with fresh deer meat you caught yourself.