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Black bear burger with all the toppings sitting placed on a round plate with lager in background

Black Bear Burgers Recipe

Tara Klippert
These bear burgers are packed with seasonings to make them super juicy and flavourful. Pile them high with loads of toppings and you will barely know you are eating wild game.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 218 kcal


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


Bear burger patties

  • 2 1/2 lbs ground bear meat
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp flour (I used gluten free)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp beef tallow (or other fat or oil of choice)


  • Hamburger buns
  • Butter
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Ripe avocado
  • Red onion
  • Mayonnaise


Bear burger patties

  • Remove the packaging on your ground bear 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 meat.
    Wet and dry ingredients added to raw ground bear in bowl
  • Press roughly 10 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, but they will be much more even and well-formed if you use a press.
    Ground bear with burger ingredients in burger press
  • Heat a cast iron pan on low to medium heat and add 1 tbsp beef tallow to the pan so that the burgers don’t stick.
    Heated cast iron pan with melting beef tallow
  • Add your 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 patties 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 fixings

  • 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 bear burger patty, lettuce, sliced tomato, diced red onion, avocado and mayonnaise.


In the blog post above you will find recipe ingredient substitutions as well as frequently asked questions and recipe pairing ideas.
The nutritional information is based on just the burger patty and not the other burger fixings.


Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 2.5gProtein: 25gFat: 12gCholesterol: 39mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0g
Keyword dairy free, gluten free
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