Cabernet Venison or Beef Burgers

Friday, May 1, 2020
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This recipe is made with bacon fat or another kind you rendered from pork, in a pinch you can use butter or olive oil.

I love the blend of flavors and venison needs some special ingredients added to make an over the top burger.

If you're looking for a great burger made with deer meat, this will surely a keeper recipe for you.

Adding some cheese on top and any kind of condiments will enhance the burgers but they taste great just the way they are.

We make several delicious recipes using venison meat like venison sauerbraten, stew, venison fried rice, fried venison steaks, even a venison pot pie.

Scroll down to the recipe card and try these Cabernet Burgers, you won't be sorry and since we have some giveaways during Burger Month don't forget to enter to win a great prize!

this is a deer meat burger called venison with bacon and cheese in a hard roll bun

Something Different

These burgers adding the bacon gives them the right amount of flavor for your burgers.

There is nothing worse than a dried-out venison burger if you're just using that ground meat, so always wrap it in bacon it's the best flavor!

Some simple additions will make this a delicious burger everyone will love.

these are venison bacon cheeseburgers on a white plates and with pickles speared on a toothpick

Hunting Season

For those not familiar with deer meat, this is hunter meat.

During the season for hunting, hunters from all over sports deer.

If they bag a deer, it then is sent to a butcher and various cuts of meats are made from the deer.

Ground venison can be used in place of ground hamburger meat for any recipe with some alterations.

As I previously said, it's lacking fat content and very lean so fat needs to be added for flavor and keeping it from drying out.

this is a bacon wrapped venison burger in a fry pan frying in bacon grease

Fat is Flavor

I have tried adding ground pork, and that definitely is a good substitution for just frying and wrapping these in bacon, however, my family loves bacon cheeseburgers, so these were fondly received on our table!

If you would like to add pork fat, try adding 1 1/2 pounds of ground venison and 1/2 pound ground pork butt instead.

Proceed with the same recipe ingredients in the recipe card.

this is a clear bowl filled with seasoned venison meat ground

Ingredients You Will Need for Cabernet Venison Burgers

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  • ground venison or ground sirloin for regular burgers
  • Cabernet wine or more (you can also use Merlot or other dry red wine)
  • egg
  • Italian flavored bread crumbs
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • granulated garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional dash of cayenne pepper
  • Extra sharp cheddar
  • Applewood smoked bacon to wrap the burger and some fried
  • hard rolls
  • grease from fried bacon or use butter around 2 tablespoons
  • Optional: sauteed mushrooms, peppers, and onions

this is deer meat ground to make hamburgers

Wines to Use

Only use wine that you would drink, don't buy something low grade in flavor.

The wine that isn't good to your palette will ruin your foods.

I like to use Cabernet or Merlot, you can use whatever red wine you prefer.

When baking burgers, add more wine in the pan if it evaporates, these taste great baked in it or even a little in the frying pan besides being added to the meat.

this is ground deer meat with cabernet wine and seasonings in a clear bowl

More Recipes To Try:

Venison Merlot Stew
Venison Cacciatore
Venison Stew Old Fashioned
Fried Venison
Venison with corn potatoes and carrot stew
Venison Fried Rice
Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

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this is a venison burger made with ground deer meat in a bun on a white plate

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 Cabernet Venison Burgers

Cabernet Venison Burgers

Yield: 8
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 45 M
This is ground venison meat seasoned and fried to perfection. These burgers are flavorful and juicy and any hunter would be as proud to serve and very tasty.


  • 2 pounds ground venison or ground sirloin
  • 1/4 cup Cabernet wine or more (you can also use Merlot or other dry red wine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional dash of cayenne pepper
  • Extra sharp cheddar
  • Applewood smoked bacon to wrap the burger and some fried
  • hard rolls
  • grease from fried bacon or use butter around 2 tablespoons
  • Optional: sauteed mushrooms, peppers, and onions


How to cook Cabernet Venison Burgers

  1. Note: Because of the lack of fat content, I suggest cooking these in bacon grease or any rendered pork fat so I also cook some bacon for breakfast when making these and save the grease for burgers.
  2. Mix the venison in a medium-sized bowl with the egg, wine breadcrumbs, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, dried parsley, salt, and pepper.
  3. Shape into patties and wrap each one with bacon ( as much as you want).
  4. You can either freeze these on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and save for another time or cook immediately. (If saving place in ziplock bags when frozen.)
  5. Melt the butter and add oil to a heavy-duty fry pan or use rendered bacon or pork fat.
  6. Saute the burgers on low until the bacon is crisp or you can also bake these in some butter and 1/4 more Merlot of Cabernet wine and burgers are cooked to your preference. 
  7. Add the cheese last on top of the burgers.
  8. Place on a hard roll.
  9. You can top this with your favorite sauces or condiments.
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this is a venison burger made with ground deer meat in a bun on a white plate

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these are venison burgers in a bun with pickles and melted cheese on a white plate

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  1. I don't have access to venison these days but think your recipe would made any burger very good.

  2. HUbby brought home a ton of venison this year and I keep looking for new recipes, but there aren't many. This one was a keeper, for sure! Thanks!

  3. Oh YUM! This sounds delicious. My local butcher has venison I’m soooo going to pick some up in our next order!

  4. I have to try your recipe. Sounds amazing

  5. What a great idea for venison, I still have some in the freezer from last hunting season. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,483.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I am on the fence with venison. The only taste I've had was very gamey. But I bet the additions you've added make them oh so good.


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