Rifle season opens in a few weeks here in Michigan and I’m sure I’m not the only deer camp widow. Who all can relate? Every year, my husband packs a bag and his hunting rifle and heads to the Upper Peninsula for a week at deer camp. My husband averages 2-3 deer a year between bow and rifle season so we are always trying new recipes. Our kids have grown up on venison and they are no stranger to venison sautéed in butter, onions and mushrooms or grilled venison kabobs. Sometimes though, we like to keep our recipe simples and venison sloppy joes are easy and delicious!
My husband often processes his own deer but this past fall we had several days here in Northern Michigan where it was 80 degrees. It was our son’s first year participating in the annual youth hunt and he ended up shooting a 4 point buck. With the weather being so warm and my husband being due into work the next work at 6am, he ended up having the buck processed at Walloon General Store, our go-to place for deer processing here in Emmett and Charlevoix counties. My son LOVES beef jerky so half of the meat was turned into jerky while the other had we had made into burger.
I love venison burger. It’s so versatile and can be made into almost anything. If you have a picky eater you often can’t taste the difference between venison and beef. This sloppy joe recipe is super quick and our kids love it. It’s perfect on a busy weeknight or a lazy weekend.
Vension Sloppy Joes Recipe
- 1 pound venison burger
- 1/2 tbsp. minced onion
- 1/2 C. ketchup
- 1/8 brown sugar
- 1/8 C. mustard
- Brown the burger and minced onion.
- Add in the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard.
- Let simmer and allow the flavors to mix.
- Serve on your favorite buns with potato chips or fries.
Do you have a favorite venison recipe? We would love to know what it is!