Caprese burger on a plate with a basil garnish and green and white napkin

This Venison Burger Recipe is part of a kick-butt burger grill giveaway hosted by #GirlCarnivore! However, the burger epicness is all my own. #BurgerMonth

This Caprese Burger is made with ground venison mixed with oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil. Then, they are grilled to perfection and topped with a sun dried tomato aioli for an awesome gourmet burger recipe!

Fire up your grill and make this Caprese Venison Burger for your next gathering of friends or family! These low carb burgers are excellent served as a burger bowl or sandwiched between a keto slider bun. However, your non keto friends will be happy to enjoy them on a regular burger bun also!

Venison Burger Recipe Between toasted Tuscan Pane Bread with fresh basil and sun dried tomato aioli toppings

Offering up a Caprese Burger for Burger Month!

I was excited to find out that Burger Month was kicking off the same month Honeybunch Hunts would be live! This is the month where you will find all kinds of delicious burgers to sink your teeth into! So, be sure to check out the websites listed at the end of this post for more burger inspiration!

Since we always have a lot of ground venison in the freezer, I knew that would be my protein. All I had left to do was decide on flavors. When I was sorting through my pantry looking for ingredients to make my venison burger recipe, I came across a jar of sun dried tomatoes. That’s when I decided I had to make a caprese style burger!

Caprese burger on a plate with a basil garnish and green and white napkin

Venison Burger Recipe FAQs

Why do people add extra fat to ground venison?

Venison is a very lean protein. Because of this, extra fat is added to the ground meat to add flavor and moisture.

How much fat do you add to your ground venison?

When we have our deer processed, we always have a ratio of fat added to the burger mix. The normal amount is 1/2 lb of fat per 2 pounds of venison. Because we like our ground venison to have more fat in it, I tend to add more fat to the ingredients.

What do you season your ground venison burger recipe with?

The sky’s the limit when creating ground venison burgers! You can go with salt and pepper and leave it at that. Or, you can do what I did in this recipe and add some chopped sun-dried tomatoes along with some of the oil from the jar.

Can I add an egg to help bind the venison burger?

An egg will add fat and moisture to venison so it’s acceptable to do so. However, it is not needed in this recipe. The burgers will hold together well on their own. As a result, adding too many wet elements would cause your burger to not hold together well.

Caprese Venison Burger

To start, I like to crumble up the ground venison burger meat and add salt and pepper. Next, I dice the sundried tomatoes and fresh basil. I like to use brick cheese. So, I shred my own. However, you can also use pre-shredded cheese in this recipe.

A venison burger recipe ingredient line up of sun dried tomato, chopped fresh basil and ground venison

I wanted to add a little more fat and flavor to the ground venison. So, I added some of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes to the venison burger ingredients.

ingredients for the venison burger recipe, shredded mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and fresh chopped basil in prep bowls

I’m a New York girl (as in state, not city, mind you). And, this girl is all about the Cabot Cheese! I feel Cabot makes the best cheese in all of the New England states! Because I prefer brick cheese over shredded, I went with their 8 ounce brick of Mozzarella.

Once I add the ingredients to my ground venison burger, I use my hands to combine and I do not overwork the burger. Once the mixture is combined, pat them into burger shapes. Less handling of the burger meat is best because you want it to be tender!

uncooked and fully assembled venison burger recipe on a white plate ready to grill

Once the grill is hot, and the venison burgers are shaped, you will be one step closer to burger deliciousness! Your burgers should sizzle when they hit the grill. So, make sure the grill is steaming hot before you add the meat.

For a perfectly cooked Caprese Burger, you only need about 5-7 minutes on a hot grill for each side. The last minute of cooking you can add the optional cheese slices so they have time to melt onto the burger removing.

The assembly of your Caprese Burger is where it can become very versatile! You can please those who want no bun, want a keto roll for sandwich, or, those who don’t care and want it all!

What to serve with this recipe

When we eat grilled burgers we love to add this Potato Salad Recipe as a side dish. If we are in the mood for dessert, or are feeding a crowd, I like to share this recipe for Cookie Butter Swirled Brownies!

Tips for a successful Venison Burger

  • Be careful not to overmix the burger mixture because this will cause your burger to be tough.
  • Pat the ground venison gently but firmly to shape into burgers.
  • These venison burgers have extra fat in them. However, they can still stick to the grill. To prevent this, I suggest oiling the grill grates before heating up the grill.

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Caprese burger on a plate with a basil garnish and green and white napkin

Caprese Venison Burger Recipe

Shelby Law Ruttan
A ground venison burger full of sun dried tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese! Grilled on your grill and served as a burger salad bowl or between your choice of bread!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 293 kcal


For the Venison Burgers

  • 1-1/2 lb ground venison
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese sliced (for topping burger)(optional)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Sun Dried Tomato Aioli

  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes packed in oil


  • Preheat grill
  • In a large mixing bowl, using your hands, combine 1-1/2 lb ground venison, 1/3 cup diced sun dried tomatoes, 4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp ground pepper until just combined.
  • Divide burger mixture into 6 equal portions and shape into patties.
  • Divide burger mixture into 6 equal portions and shape into patties.


Nutritional values for venison burger recipe only. Includes the optional cheese for topping. 


Serving: 6BurgersCalories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 769mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g
Keyword Caprese Burger, Caprese Venison Burger, Ground Venison, Venison Burger Recipe
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A huge thanks to the #BurgerMonth sponsors for the Ultimate Burger Grilling Giveaway:  Cabot Cheese, Char-Griller Grills, Crow Canyon Home, Porter Road, Melissas Produce, Red Duck, Spiceology, &  Western BBQ

I personally would like to thank Kita aka Girl Carnivore for hosting this awesome event – along with all the other bloggers who have joined in!

Burger Month 2019 Bloggers!

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Honeybunch Hunts is a website dedicated to Hunting, Homesteading and Harvesting. Written by Shelby Law Ruttan, author and owner of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, she (Honeybunch) and Phil (Grumpy) have come together in a joint effort to share their knowledge and experience from the woods, to the garden, to the table.


  1. Anonymous May 19, 2019 at 2:10 pm - Reply


  2. Jenni May 20, 2019 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Man, with all the flavor in the patties and piled on top, there is no way this burger isn’t a home run!! Looking forward to many more Burger Months with Honey Bunch Hunts!

  3. Gwynn May 20, 2019 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Can you believe I’ve never tried venison? But you can be sure I’ll be making these venison burgers because they look so delicious and I simply cannot resist them!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan May 21, 2019 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Eeks, well, we will remedy that problem Gwynn! I will make sure you get to try some 🙂

  4. Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls May 21, 2019 at 12:57 am - Reply

    I love how you mixed cheese into the burger! And that sundried tomato topping … OMG. My family hunts and they give me LOTS of ground venison so I’m definitely trying this.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan May 21, 2019 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Thanks Ann! I love having plenty of ground venison around, there is so much you can do with it!

  5. Abra May 21, 2019 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    I’ve never had venison either, but I am loving all of those yummy cheese bits throughout the burger!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan May 22, 2019 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Abra! Venison is a great protein. I hope you get a chance to try it out sometime! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Sarah May 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    That looks amazing. I have never had a venison burger. Also great idea about putting cheese in your burger. Umm.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan May 24, 2019 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Hi Sarah! Thank you, as far as I am concerned, the more cheese the better. Yeah. I’m a definite cheese addict!

  7. Laura May 26, 2019 at 12:17 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Ooooh! I’ve had venison but never ground venison. This burger is definitely calling my name!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan May 27, 2019 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks Laura, I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  8. Angela Paris May 27, 2019 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve never had venison before but this looks super tasty!
    Pinning for later 🙂

    • Shelby Law Ruttan May 27, 2019 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Angela! It is a must try recipe for sure!

  9. Christie June 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I have had venison, but wasn’t a fan of it. I think if I had some fresh venison it might be different. The bite I had was chewy, tough, and not very good. I’m always open to keep trying things I haven’t liked to either change my mind or make sure it’s something I don’t like. Like salmon. I hope I can find ground venison to try this. If only to make that sauce. It looks killer!!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan June 2, 2019 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Christie, sometimes with wild game meat, you may get a “gamey” taste. It’s all in how it was processed by the butcher and the conditions it was processed in. However, venison is also very lean, so it will be tough if it is overcooked. It is likely, whoever made the venison you ate, overcooked it. You’ll have to come visit and I’ll feed you some venison you will love 🙂 As a matter of fact, someone who said they hated venison ate this burger and liked it!

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