These caribou burgers are packed with extra beef tallow and seasonings to make them super juicy and flavorful. Caribou meat can be a little bit “gamey” because it is a wild animal, but with all the incredible flavors in this recipe you wouldn’t know!

This recipe is a result of a collaboration between me and Candace at Northern Nomad Outdoors & Yoga in Whitehorse, Yukon. She supplied the ground caribou meat, and I developed the recipe 😊.

Please keep in mind that Candace, as an Outfitter, practices ethical selective harvest hunting. This means not shooting the first animal they see as well as going for the older males that are on their way out. This promotes the increase of population, not a decline. Outfitters are stewards of the land, conservationists and wildlife managers. It is important to Candace and I that we respect and make use of the whole animal – a term many call “nose to tail” eating. An example of this is using both the bones from an animal to make bone broth, and the extra fat to make tallow or lard.

Side view of caribou burger on a bun with a side of fries

Recipe substitutions and variations

Ground caribou meat substitutions: Instead of ground caribou meat, this recipe also works with ground moose meat or any other wild game such as bison, elk or sheep. If you don’t have access to wild game, you can of course also use lean ground beef.

Egg substitutions: Instead of using 1 egg in this recipe, add an additional 1 tablespoon of flour. This will help the burger stick together and not fall apart when you are frying it, or eating it for that matter!

Gluten-free flour substitutions: Instead of using gluten-free flour, you can swap it out for regular wheat flour, bread crumbs or any other flour of your choice. It would also work with starches such as tapioca starch, cassava flour, potato starch or cornstarch.

Garlic powder substitutions: Instead of garlic powder, you can use 3 fresh diced up garlic cloves.

Onion powder substitutions: Instead of onion powder, you can swap it out for half a medium onion.

Beef tallow substitutions: Instead of using a little beef fat to make sure you get a juicy burger, you could also use pork lard, coconut oil, olive oil, butter or any other oil or fat of choice. You could also add 8 oz ground pork (1/2 pound) for the same effect.

Gluten-free bun substitutions: I used gluten-free buns for this recipe, but you can also use regular wheat flour hamburger buns or a lower carb keto friendly bun.

Recipe pairing ideas

This recipe is mostly about the actual caribou burger patties, but it’s a good idea to dress them up with your choice of condiments! Here are some suggestions. These are the same toppings that you see in the burger photos for this recipe. 

  • Hamburger bun (sliced in half, buttered and then fried on low to medium heat on the stove).
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomato
  • Diced up red onion (or white onions)
  • Condiments: Mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup

You can also add extra flavors, starting with your favorite burger spices. I went with simple paprika, garlic and onion powder. You could also add hot sauce, cayenne, herbs, or even mustard and ketchup right in the patty itself. Making great food means starting with well seasoned meat! 

Lastly, who can forget the cheese!  A double cheeseburger is one of the finest things in life, so feel free to top these patties with your favorite cheese (dairy free or regular) and stack them!

Serve your burgers with truffle fries or onion rings for that classic backyard BBQ feel.  A fresh salad with some garden greens, cucumber, red onion, and avocado is also nice. Top it with a little homemade salad dressing!

Overhead side view of caribou burger with a side fries placed on a wooden plank

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Caribou burger placed on a wooden cutting board with a side of fries in the background

Juicy Caribou Burgers

Tara Klippert
These caribou burgers are packed with extra beef tallow and seasonings to make them super juicy and flavourful. Caribou meat can be a little bit “gamey” because it is a wild animal, but with all the incredible flavours in this recipe you wouldn’t know!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 189 kcal


Caribou burger patties

  • 2 pounds ground caribou meat
  • 2 tbsp melted beef tallow (plus extra for frying)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp flour (I used gluten free)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  • hamburger buns
  • butter (vegan or regular)
  • lettuce
  • Red onion
  • mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • ketchup


Caribou burger patties

  • Remove the packaging on your thawed ground caribou meat and put it all in a large mixing bowl.
    unwrapped ground caribou placed in white bowl
  • Add all remaining wet and dry ingredients to the bowl with your caribou meat.
    Wet and dry ingredients added to raw ground caribou in bowl
  • Press roughly 7 to 8 burger patties in a hamburger press. If you don't have a hamburger press, you can also form them into burger patty shapes with your hands.
    Ground meat with burger seasonings in burger press
  • Heat a cast iron pan on low to medium heat and add some additional beef tallow to the pan so that the burgers don’t stick.
    Heated cast iron pan with melting beef tallow
  • Add your caribou burger patties to the pan and cook for roughly 4 to 5 minutes.
    Raw caribou burger in cast iron pan
  • Using a flipper, flip your burger patties and fry on the second side for roughly 3 to 4 minutes or until cooked through.
    Caribou burger in cast iron pan with one side browned

Burger fixing

  • While your burger patties are cooking, heat a second pan on low heat. Cut your hamburger buns in half and butter the inside of both pieces. Place each bun face down in the pan and fry until the bottoms are getting crispy and starting to brown.
  • Assemble your burger with your buttered and toasted hamburger bun, the caribou patty, lettuce, sliced tomato, diced red onion, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup. Enjoy!
    Assembled caribou burger placed on wooden plank with brown parchment paper



The nutritional information is based on just the burger patty and not the other burger fixings.


Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 26.4gFat: 7.6gSaturated Fat: 3.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 350mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0g
Keyword dairy free, gluten free
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Tara Klippert
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.