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Cherry Bourbon Burgers

Rated as 3.33 out of 5 Stars

"Concocted for a neighborhood burger cook off. I used venison for the contest and enjoyed many favorable reviews. Serve with your choice of bun, toasted or not."
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35 m servings 398
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 quarter-pound patties)


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  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Combine venison and ground beef together in a bowl. Add bourbon; set aside until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add bacon and black pepper; mix until thoroughly combined. Form into 4 equal-sized burger patties.
  3. Cook burgers on preheated grill, basting with barbeque sauce throughout cooking, until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Top burgers with pepper jack cheese and cook until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Use ground beef alone in place of the venison, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 398 calories; 10.8 23.5 23.8 92 831 Full nutrition

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I was excited to find a new way to use up all the venison in the freezer. I even made a special trip to the store for the bourbon. I fried the burgers in a cast iron frying pan on the stove but ...

I love burgers and this one didn't dissapoint. I just used beef as it's not that easy to get venison around my area. The bourbon adds a great touch and its flavor works great with the BBQ sauce,...