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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


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


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


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



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: 120mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0g
Keyword dairy free, gluten free
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