The Converter Burger

Hey y’all! Here’s a sweet and savory venison burger recipe that will be sure to delight all your taste buds. It takes venison burgers to a whole new level! The cayenne and cracked pepper give a subtle kick that is neutralized by the sharp and creamy goat cheese, all while sweet honey drizzles down the the burger patty.


  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko
  • 1 onion (yellow or white)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 8 TBS goat cheese
  • 4 brioche buns
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 4 tsp honey


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine venison, egg, panko, 1/2 onion (chopped), sea salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  3. Form into 4 equal size burgers.
  4. If grilling burgers, cook to desired temperature and then continue on to step 8.
  5. In a cast iron skillet large enough for all 4 burgers, heat 1 TBS olive oil to coat pan.
  6. On medium-high, brown burger patties for 2 minutes on each side.
  7. Place skillet in oven and set timer according to desired temperature (ovens vary).
    1. 4 minutes for medium-rare.
    2. 7 minutes for medium
    3. 13 minutes for medium-well.
    4. 18 minutes for well.
  8.  While burgers are cooking, heat remaining olive oil in seperate pan. Once heated, add 1/2 sliced onion and saute until tender.
  9. Slice brioche buns in half and place on grill/oven rack for 2 minutes.
  10. Place 1/4 cup mixed greens on top of bottom portion of brioche, put burger on top, then add 2 TBS goat cheese, drizzle with 1 tsp honey, then top with remaining part of brioche bun.

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Bon appétit!

Why is it called the converter? Well my friends, my dear, loving sister whom I have adored for the last 24 years and will continue to do so the rest of my life, has always rejected venison in any shape or form (despite accidentally consuming it in bologna form at the annual Treon Family Christmas in Pennsylvania). It boggled me because it’s local, organic, and healthy which is what she likes! I had offered her some of my October harvest but it was rejected. I had offered to cook her some venison chili. Rejected. Steaks? Rejected. TENDERLOIN? REJECTED!!!

And then came The Converter. If you are looking to change someone’s opinion on venison, do yourself a favor and use this recipe. It takes venison burgers to a whole new level! My sister took a skeptical, small bite at first, then power-housed this savory and sweet burger! This recipe changed her outlook on consuming venison, and she now wants to try more recipes incorporating it into her cooking.

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