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Kid-friendly Venison Recipes Ideas

Introduce kids to wild game with recipes they already love, such as spaghetti and meatballs, hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches

Venison Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe (Shaun Davies photo) Venison Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe (Shaun Davies photo)

By: Jenny Nguyen,

I don’t know too many kids who don’t like spaghetti, hamburgers and sandwiches, so why not swap out store-bought proteins with wild ones? And if your kids are extra picky, don’t tell them. I’ve done this a few times with some of my friends’ children, and the realization that they had just enjoyed what they swore they’d never eat is just oh-so precious.

Spaghetti and Elk Meatballs

Spaghetti and Elk Meatballs recipe
Spaghetti and Elk Meatballs recipe (Karin Holder photo)

By: Karin Holder of “Raised Hunting


  • 1 pound of ground elk
  • 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • 1½ teaspoon of dried Italian seasonings
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon of dried red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Chopped fresh basil, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, chopped
  • Butter and olive oil
  • 1 can of fire-roasted tomatoes or spaghetti sauce
  • Spaghetti pasta
  • Garlic bread


Mix ground elk meat, salt, cracked pepper, parsley, Italian seasonings, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, paprika, basil, and thyme, and form into balls. (I made them larger than golf-ball size and smaller than tennis ball size. Also, add as much garlic as you want; I added probably 6 to 8 fresh cloves.)

Next, brown meatballs in 2 tablespoons of butter-olive oil mixture or enough to cover the bottom of a skillet. After meatballs are browned on all sides, take them out of the pan and set aside.

Bring 1 can of fire-roasted tomatoes or spaghetti sauce to a simmer. Prepare pasta to al dente; I used fettuccine. Serve meatballs with sauce, pasta and garlic bread.

Venison Burger

Venison Burger recipe
Venison Burger recipe (Taylor Drury photo)

By: Taylor Drury of “Drury Outdoors

Step-by-step video from Drury Outdoors’ YouTube Channel Killin’ It in the Kitchen:


  • ½ pound of ground venison
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tablespoons of BBQ sauce
  • ½ tablespoon of hot sauce
  • ½ tablespoon of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cracked pepper
  • Hamburger buns
  • Burger fixings: lettuce, tomato, ketchup, pickles, etc.


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently mix with your hands. Shape meat into 1-inch thick patties. Grill for 8 minutes over medium heat or to your liking. Garnish burgers with desired toppings.

Venison Grilled Cheese

Venison Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe
Venison Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe (Shaun Davies photo)

By: Gregg Ritz of “Hunt Masters


  • 6 slices of grilled venison loin (backstrap)
  • 2 slices bread of preference
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of butter


Lightly butter both sides of bread. Place one slice, buttered side down, in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add cheese slice and top with venison slices. Add second cheese slice. Finally, place second piece of bread, buttered side up, on top. When bottom is browned, flip and toast other side until golden brown. Slice and serve!

Venison Sausage Sliders

Venison Sausage Sliders recipe
Venison Sausage Sliders recipe (Shaun Davies photo)

By: Lee and Tiffany Lakosky of “Crush


  • 1 pound of ground sausage venison
  • 6 slices of American cheese
  • 6 rolls/hamburger buns


Form ground venison sausage into small hamburger patties, about 3 inches wide.

Grill or sauté to desired temperature. Top with cheese slices and allow cheese to melt. Serve cooked patties with cheese between split rolls. Enjoy!

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