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!

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

Recipes 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 also swap it out for regular wheat flour 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 1/2 of a diced up white onion.

Beef tallow substitutions: instead of using beef tallow to add some additional fat to your burgers, you could also use pork lard, coconut oil, olive oil, butter or any other oil or fat of choice.

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, and you can dress them up however you like! But here are some suggestions on toppings and condiments. These are the same toppings that you see in the burger photos for this recipe. 

  • Hamburger bun, sliced in half and buttered and then fried on low – medium heat on the stove.
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomato
  • Diced up red onion
  • Condiments: mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup

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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!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 189 kcal

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Hamburger press
  • Stove top
  • Cast iron pan
  • Flipper
  • Cutting board
  • Large knife

Ingredients
  

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 pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Toppings

  • Hamburger buns
  • Butter
  • Lettuce
  • Red onion
  • Mayonaise
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup

Instructions
 

Caribou burger patties

  • Remove the packaging on your thawed ground caribou meat and put it all in a large mixing bowl.
    unwrapped ground bear 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 bear 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 bear with burger ingredients 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 bear burger in cast iron pan
  • Using a flipper, flip your burger patty and fry on the second side for roughly 3 to 4 minutes or until cooked through.
    Bear 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 burger patty, lettuce, sliced tomato, diced red onion, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup. Enjoy!
    Assembled caribou burger placed on wooden plank with brown parchment paper

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Notes

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

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 26.4gFat: 7.6gSaturated Fat: 3.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 120mgPotassium: 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.