Moose burgers are rich, flavorsome, and delicious. These burgers are popular in Canada, Alaska, Sweden, and Finland. Moose meat is quite lean and has low-fat content, thus making it perfect for burgers. Most fat in a moose is right under its hide to keep the animal warm during freezing temperatures. This makes moose meat lean but tough and dense compared to beef. Hence, it’s the perfect meat for grinding and forming into burgers.
In this blog, we’ll discuss some excellent moose burger recipes. These recipes are simple and easy to prepare. Now you can enjoy this exotic meat at home in the form of some great burgers.
Classic Moose Burgers
These classic moose burgers require a cooking time of 12 minutes and a preparation time of one hour. This recipe makes four servings.
- Grounded moose meat
- Half cup caramelized onions cooled
- Four tablespoons of bacon fat (should be cooked from bacon strips)
- Half teaspoon of fresh savory
- Half beat egg
- One clove garlic
- Four slices of cheddar (aged)
- Take a large bowl and combine the ground moose meat with bacon fat, egg, caramelized onions, garlic, and savory. Mix until the mixture is well combined.
- Form the mixture into four patties. Keep the patties at least two centimeters thick. Lay the patties on a tray and cover them. Keep them in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Heat the grill to medium-high and oil it well. Sear the moose meat patties on the grill until well charred. Insert a meat thermometer in the patties and keep grilling until the thermometer reads 71 degrees C.
- Cover each patty with a slice of cheese and broil until the cheese melts.
- Assemble your burgers. You can use thinly sliced onions and tomatoes as the topping. Lather some spicy mayonnaise to make the burger moister and more succulent.
Game Moose Meat Burgers
If you are not a hunter yourself, you can contact a local hunter to get game moose meat. These burgers are rich and delicious and are topped with cheddar smoked by applewood. These burgers will definitely be a hit at your next BBQ!
These burgers require a cook time of 15 minutes and a preparation time of 30 minutes. Each burger contains 370 calories. This recipe makes a total of 6 burgers.
To Make the Patties
- 1 1/5-pound moose meat, grounded
- One-third pound diced and slightly cooked bacon strips
- One and a half garlic clove, mined
- One and a half Spanish onion, XXXcaramelized
- One egg yolk
- Half teaspoon salt
- Half teaspoon black pepper
For the Burger Topping
- Six sesame seed buns
- Six lettuce leaves – preferably Iceberg
- thinly sliced tomatoes
- Jalapeno BBQ sauce, lightly smoked
- Appletree smoked cheddar
- Begin by caramelizing your Spanish onion. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Take a skillet and warm it up on medium heat. Lightly drizzle the skillet with olive oil and cook the onions. Once the onions are dark golden-brown, remove from heat and put aside.
- Next, dice the smoked bacon. Drizzle the pan with olive oil once again, and half cook the bacon. The bacon must be cooked but not fully crisped. Set the pan aside and the bacon and bacon fat inside it.
- Take a bowl and place the ground moose meat. Mix the egg yolk, salt, pepper, and garlic in the meat. Make sure the mixture is well combined. Make six burger patties out of this mixture. First, form the patties into balls. Then flatten the balls to form the patties.
- You can either cook the patties on an outdoor grill or fry them on the stove. Choose the method you prefer. Make sure you cook the patties for 5 minutes on each side. Once the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165F, you can remove the patties from the heat.
- Place the sliced cheddar on the moose meat patties one minute before removing them from the heat. The cheese should be smoothly melted.
- First, toast the burger buns on the grill to assemble the burger buns. Make sure the buns are sliced in half and the underside of the buns is golden brown.
- Lather both sides of the buns with the smoked jalapeno BBQ sauce.
- Place the lettuce leaves on the base bun. Then put the moose meat patty with melted cheese.
- Top the patty with sliced tomatoes and thinly sliced onions.
- Place the top bun over the burger and serve immediately.
- You can easily store these moose burger patties for up to three months! Simple form the patties and place them in between parchment paper. Store them in the freezer and use them when needed. You can also freeze the patties and store them in a freezer bag. When you want to prepare the patty, first thaw it in the fridge and then cook it immediately.
- Want to prepare game burgers are can’t find moose meat? Don’t worry; you can also use venison, bison, or wild boar meat. But note their flavors can vary quite a bit!
- When preparing moose meat, remember the meat can vary in intensity. The animal’s age and gender will alter the flavor of its meat.
- Female moose of younger cows have more tender meat.
- Male moose or older bulls have tougher and more dense meat.
- Since moose meat has a strong flavor, making burgers out of it is a great way to mask that strong taste. The caramelized onions and bacon fat do this nicely.
Our Final Thoughts
These moose burger recipes are simple and easy to make at home. If you want some variety from the standard beef burger, moose meat burgers are a great alternative. They are succulent and flavorful and, when prepared correctly, can taste great. When preparing the ground meat mixture, don’t forget to add the bacon fat and caramelized onions. These two ingredients are key to masking the intense taste of moose meat. Once the burgers are prepared, rest assured they taste wonderful.