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Heavenly Elk Cheeseburgers with the Works Recipe

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Photo and Recipe by Summer Yule

What’s one dish we never tire of eating? Burger, burgers, and more burgers! For that reason adding a fresh burger recipe to our collection is always welcome. November Featured Chef Summer Yule’s Elk Cheeseburgers has us excited to have a classic burger with a meaty twist!

“What’s the best way to cook elk burgers? It’s my recipe for ground elk patties! (Of course. Haha) Learn my top tip for the juiciest, most moist ground elk burgers around. Hunters and other connoisseurs of wild game will definitely want to know your secret for cooking elk burgers. You’ll also get ideas for elk burger seasonings, toppings, side dishes, and more!

Never tried elk? Well, why not try something new this BBQ and grilling season with this elk hamburger meat recipe?

If the taste of venison has put you off of wild game, I hope you’ll give elk a chance. It’s game without that strong “gamey” taste. Nevertheless, like venison, it’s a very lean healthy meat.”

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Photo and Recipe by Summer Yule

Heavenly Elk Cheeseburgers with the Works

Recipe By: Summer Yule

Servings: 3

What are the calories, net carbs, and protein? One elk hamburger patty has 344 calories, 0.1 grams net carbs, and 32.9 grams protein. This nutrition information does not include the burger bun or any toppings you choose to add.

USWM Shopping List: Ground Elk


  • 1 lb. ground elk
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 3 slices provolone cheese
  • 3 brioche hamburger buns
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons crispy onions 3 leaves green leaf lettuce
  • 3 slices fresh tomato
  • 1 caramelized sweet onion
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce


  1. Mix the salt, pepper, and avocado oil into the ground elk with clean hands. Shape the mixture into 3 large patties that are each about 31⁄2 inches in diameter and 1⁄2-3⁄4 inch thick.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking oil spray. Heat the skillet over medium heat for a few minutes. Carefully place the elk patties in a single layer on the pan.
  3. Cook the elk patties for 4-5 minutes per side over medium heat. Top with provolone during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking.
  4. To Serve: Put the hamburger buns on plates. Add the mayo, crispy onions, lettuce, cheeseburger patties, sliced tomato, caramelized onion, and barbecue sauce (in that order). Enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • You need: cast iron skillet
  • Minimum safe internal temp for ground elk is 160°F (but some would call this overdone)

Browse Summer’s recipes on the Discover Blog.


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Summer Yule

Summer Yule is a registered dietitian with a Master’s in Health Promotion from the University of Connecticut. After surviving breast cancer and sustaining a 70-pound weight loss, Summer created Summer Yule Nutrition as a free information and recipe resource for adults who enjoy delicious food and want to achieve a healthier lifestyle. She lives with her husband and son in central Connecticut and works to create recipes and promotes healthy weight management.