| | Venison Cheeseburgers

Author / John

Since I am still working through the venison in my freezer, I thought I put out another burger recipe for ground beef. The combo of cheese, Worcestershire and egg makes for one of the best burgers I have made since the mint lamb burgers. I have included a recommendation for GF buns, but if the gluten doesn’t bother you, go full monty and get the real buns. Unfortunately, the gluten puts me in a bad space, as evident last Saturday night when at $20 burger joint in Austin they replaced my GF bun with a normal bun. As I was eating it, I kept thinking, this is the best GF bun I have ever had and how amazing it was. A few minutes, everything became very clear that the bun was not GF free.

Enjoy your day off and I will see you back here soon.




4 lbs ground venison
¾ lbs bacon (minced)
6 large egg yolks
Dash Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
6 slices cheese (swiss or raw white cheddar)
6 gluten-free buns, toasted or grilled
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Coarsely ground mustard
Sliced dill pickles


1. Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Or fire up the BBQ.

2. In a bowl, combine the venison, bacon, salt, pepper, egg yolks, and Worcestershire sauce with your hands. Divide the mixture into 6 baseball sized balls. Smash them flat into a 1 1/2-inch-thick patties.

3. Brush the grill or skillet with a little oil. Grill or sear the patties until very well browned on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip and place a slice of cheese on top of each patty. Cook for about 3 minutes more for medium-rare to medium, or longer according to your desired doneness.

Serve the burgers on the buns with mustard and pickles and this serves one.


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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