Venison Burger With Peaches And Blue Cheese

My Venison burger takes the earthy meat and tops it with gin cooked peaches and blue cheese… Yes, I am that kinda cook! Whether you cook it on the BBQ or in your kitchen it is guaranteed to please the mob!

Portrait image of a venison burger with a peach, blue cheese and basil garnish

Venison Burger With Peaches And Blue Cheese.

My latest BBQ recipe is a burger, you cannot go wrong with a good burger and this venison burger is superb!

You could be forgiven for thinking that I don’t necessarily think less is more when it comes to cooking. But for all of my recipes with dozens of ingredients I have many with just a few.

This burger is one of them a few simple ingredients that work with venison in the burger patty. Then some toppings that are all designed to do the same.

Flavour wise here we want the Venison to be front and centre it is, after all, a venison burger recipe.

The first flavour that venison screams for is Juniper, that is present in both the burger and the gin in which we cook the peaches.

Yes, you read that correctly, the summer peaches get flambeed in gin. Not only does it taste amazing you look like a cooking god/goddess.

Just be careful folks and remember if you are going to set fire to yourself, send me a video!

We then match those sweet and sour peaches and venison with some gloriously salty blue cheese. Don’t go too heavy with cheese you want it to work as a seasoning for the burger.

Finally, we have some peppery and vibrant basil for a great fresh finishing flavour.

Portrait image of venison burgers cooking on a BBQ with a flame

Burgers That Are Not Beef Burgers.

It would be easy to assume that I have a thing against the good old beef burger. This venison burger is the fifth Burger recipe to date here on my site and not one of them is a beef burger.

So why is that? Well to be perfectly honest I am predictable and boring when it comes to beef burgers!

Gimme ketchup, mustard, a little crisp lettuce, raw onion, maybe a little sweetcorn relish and some melted cheese and I am good to go.

I don’t mess around with bacon or heaven forbid fried egg… That wee list above is perfection all the flavours and textures I need are there.

Fortunately, beef burgers are not the only game in town and when it comes to those I am really rather adventurous.

If you want to change up your burger game and look beyond beef you really should check out these bad boys:

Of course only if and when you have tried this Venison burger!

Portrait close up image of a venison burger with a peach, blue cheese and basil garnish

Burgers Made For Eating.

One thing that you will notice in all my burgers is that they are made for eating. There is no need for a knife or skewer to hold them together, for me that indicates a burger is poorly balanced.

You should be able to pick up a burger and eat it!

You should not have to work out how to remove the thing holding it together without it toppling over. Then deal with picking the toppings of your burger out of your lap as you go along.

Freak food is one of my bug-bears as a food writer, I get irrationally annoyed by it. I often browse through my FB feed or Instagram, which are both heavily filled with food, and think how the feck am I meant to eat that.

I have no idea how or why we ended up in a place where food is so often designed to be photographed rather than not eaten. But apparently, we did!

Anyway not for me. This Venison burger recipe like all my burgers is developed to go into your belly and not to drip down your t-shirt and end up in your lap!

Landscape image of a venison burger with the top removed showing the peach, blue cheese and basil garnish
Venison Burger With Peaches And Blue Cheese

Venison Burger With Peaches And Blue Cheese

Yield: 2 Burgers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

You can't beat a good grilled burger, but there is life beyond beef. This venison burger is topped with gin cooked peaches and blue cheese! It is both a head turner and a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

For the Burger Patties

  • 300 g Ground Venison
  • 50 g Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 20 g Snipped Chives.
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 6 Juniper Berries

For the Toppings:

  • 1 Peach
  • 1 Tsp Cooking Oil
  • 100 ml Gin
  • 2 Burger Buns
  • 100 g Roquefort Cheese
  • Fresh Basil Leaves

Instructions

  1. Crush and chop your juniper berries.
  2. Finely dice your garlic and onion.
  3. Fry in olive oil for 3-4 minutes over a medium heat to soften but not colour.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  5. When cooled add in the venison, chives, egg yolk, salt and pepper.
  6. Form into a burger around 1-1.5cm larger in diameter than your burger buns.
  7. Whilst your BBQ is heating up remove the stone from your peach and cut into 16 wedges and crumble your blue cheese.
  8. Heat a frying pan on your bbq and add the oil, then throw in the peaches.
  9. Cook for 3-4 minutes flipping occasionally.
  10. Now flambe the peaches in the gin, tip in the gin and then lean the pan back away from you and allow the gin to catch light.
  11. Be careful and ensure you lean back and tilt the pan away from you!
  12. Move the pan to the indirect heat and allow to sit whilst you cook the burgers.
  13. Oil the grates and then add the burgers.
  14. Flip after 3-4 minutes and then cook the other side for the same time.
  15. Allow the burgers to rest before building.
  16. Begin with your burger, followed by the peaches and then blue cheese and finally your basil leaves.

Notes

You can make up your burger patties a couple of days in advance and refrigerate them or even freeze them.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1017 Total Fat: 40g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 289mg Sodium: 1765mg Carbohydrates: 83g Fiber: 20g Sugar: 38g Protein: 65g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

12 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. What a wild combination of flavors! Juniper, peach, gin, blue cheese, basil โ€ฆ my mouth wouldn’t know what to do with itself!

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    • It’s really a lot more restrained than you think venison, juniper and blue cheese is a pretty classic combination… The gin just follows through that juniper flavour into the sweet/sour fruit element, which is aimed at cutting through the richness of the blue cheese and venison combo and lightening it up. Give it a shot ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I love the idea of the flambeed peaches! How creative. I’ve had venison chili before, but never a burger, so this is def something I’d like to try.

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  3. Wow, the flavor combination in this burger is brilliant! I don’t know how anyone look at this burger, read the ingredients, and not be salivating! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. These burgers sound incredible. I would never have thought to put these flavours together but it sounds like it’s amazing and really works

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    • That flavour combinations are really not that unusual, peaches and blue cheese are a classic, venison and blue cheese are classic, venison and sweet fruits are classic so in reality it is just a rejig of some pretty classic ideas.

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  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets annoyed at food that is all for show and the logistics of actually ingesting it don’t matter.

    As for your burger, I love the wmsweet savory combo, it looks interesting and enticing.

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