These juicy elk burgers are easy to make and can be piled high with all of your favourite burger toppings. It can be daunting to make burger patties from wild game meat, but it’s actually quite similar to working with lean ground beef so don’t fret! With some simple spices, you may not even be able to tell the difference between these and regular beef burgers.

If you aren’t able to get your hands on elk meat (you often can’t buy elk meat in your local grocery store), these burgers can also be made from lean ground beef or any other wild game such as moose, caribou, sheep etc.

Elk buger with a clean white back drop sitting on a modern ceramic plate

Recipe ingredient substitutions

Ground elk substitutions: Sometimes you can access elk meat from your local butcher shop, but if you can’t get elk meat, this recipe also works great with lean ground venison, beef, bison, moose, caribou etc. Basically, any lean ground red meat.

Gluten free flour substitutions: Any flour will work great in this recipe including white flour, whole wheat flour, white rice flour or other starches including tapioca starch, corn starch, potato starch etc. If you use one of the starches, you probably only need 1 or 2 tablespoons instead of the 3 tablespoons of flour the recipe calls for. The starch in this recipe is really just to hold the burger patties together from crumbling apart.

Garlic powder substitutions: You can also use fresh garlic cloves. Use anywhere from 3 to 6 fresh cloves and dice them up finely before adding to the mixing bowl.

Onion powder substitutions: You can also use fresh diced up onion. Use roughly 1/2 of a white onion, diced up finely. Around 4 tablespoons.

Recipe variations

Add some extra flavour: These elk patties are pretty darn tasty on their own, but if you want to add some additional flavour and spice, try some bbq sauce or worcestershire sauce.

Recipe pairings

This recipe just contains ingredients for the elk burgers, so I wanted to include some suggestions for toppings:

  • Burger buns (duh!)
  • Cheddar cheese, blue cheese or pepper jack cheese (or a slice of dairy free cheese if you don’t do dairy!)
  • Red onion, caramelized onions, or fresh white onion
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Slice of tomato
  • Pickles
  • Condiments: ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise

Storage tips

Store the raw uncooked burger patties: The uncooked burger patties store really well in the freezer. Store them in an airtight container with a small piece of parchment paper separating each burger patty. Once you are ready to use them, you can take them out of the freezer and thaw them on the counter for a few hours or in the fridge overnight. You can also cook them from frozen.

Store the cooked burger patties: Store the cooked burger patties in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a few days, or in the freezer for up to a few months.

Elk burger sitting between a fluffy bun with all the fixings and placed on a modern white ceramic plate

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Easy Homemade Elk Burgers Recipe

Tara Klippert
These juicy elk burgers are easy to make and can be piled high with all of your favourite burger toppings.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 235 kcal



  • In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, flour, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper (and your added fat if you're using some) and mix thoroughly using your hands.
  • Form equal portions of your ground mix into roughly 6 burger patty shapes. Or if you have one, you can use a hamburger presser.
  • Place the burgers in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. You may have to do a few at a time depending on the size of your skillet.
  • Cook the first side for roughly 4 – 5 minutes and then flip each of them carefully.
  • Cook the second side for about the same amount of time or until they are fully cooked through and the top of the burgers have browned nicely.



Above in the blog post I provide recipe ingredient substitutions, variations and storage tips. I also provide suggestions on burger toppings and condiments!


Calories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 3.5gProtein: 40gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 470mgPotassium: 460mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0g
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, nut free, soy free, sugar free
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About the author Tara Klippert

Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. She shares her gluten free, dairy free & allergy friendly recipes.