wild game recipes

6 Incredible Wild Game Recipes

You’ve spent hours preparing for hunting season. All the scouting, finding and preparing stand locations, early mornings and late nights paid off with a successful hunt. The work is over, and now the fun begins. It’s time to break out your best wild game recipes.

Grilled wild game, outside over an open flame, is a deeply rooted tradition. The sound and smell of searing meat over a hot grill grate is a reward we look forward to all hunting season. We asked the Zippo Outdoor Field Staff for their best wild game grilling recipes, and as they always do, they knocked it out of the park. Everyday deer steaks on the grill are delicious, but if you are considering adding a few recipes to your wild game cookbook, you came to the right place. These recipes are great for adding some flavor to your usual grilling routine or perfect for introducing new people to wild game in a fun and delicious way.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey With Jalapenos
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Bacon Wrapped Turkey With Jalapenos
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cut the turkey breast into 1.5-inch pieces.
  2. Grab a slice of bacon and start to wrap around the turkey chunk. Before securing the bacon with a toothpick, add a jalapeno under the final wrap of bacon.
  3. Toss the turkey and bacon wrap onto the grill and allow to cook for around 10 minutes or until desired doneness.
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Quick Marinated Venison Loin Steaks
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Venison can be tough to grill as it is very lean and can be overcooked quite easily. Adding a marinade to the venison allows it to keep the moisture and seals in great taste. This super easy marinade uses your favorite steak seasoning as a base so pick your favorite and start adding flavor to traditional steaks.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 5 minutes
Quick Marinated Venison Loin Steaks
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Venison can be tough to grill as it is very lean and can be overcooked quite easily. Adding a marinade to the venison allows it to keep the moisture and seals in great taste. This super easy marinade uses your favorite steak seasoning as a base so pick your favorite and start adding flavor to traditional steaks.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Slice the venison into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Place venison in a re-sealable bag with the 10 ounces of steak sauce. You can then freeze for later or marinade for 2-3 hours.
  3. When ready to grill take out of the marinade and allow venison to warm up to room temperature.
  4. Wrap venison pieces in bacon (optional).
  5. Place over high heat and cook on the grill for 5-7 minutes, turning halfway through.
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Bacon Wrapped Duck in BBQ Sauce
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Anything wrapped in bacon is good, but duck wrapped in bacon is so tasty it’s hard to even talk about. This is a super easy meal that can be made right at camp or at home. If you have a good day out in the field, this is a recipe you need to try.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Bacon Wrapped Duck in BBQ Sauce
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Anything wrapped in bacon is good, but duck wrapped in bacon is so tasty it’s hard to even talk about. This is a super easy meal that can be made right at camp or at home. If you have a good day out in the field, this is a recipe you need to try.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cut duck breast into 1-inch pieces and wrap with one slice of bacon. Hold together with a toothpick.
  2. Dip each bacon wrapped duck piece in bbq sauce and place on the grill for 10 minutes, turning halfway through.
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Crock Pot Venison Roast
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We realize this isn’t necessarily a grilling recipe, but it’s too good not to share. We like to sear the venison roast on the grill for a few minutes before cooking in the slow cooker as it gives it a great grilled flavor and helps seal in moisture. What completes this recipe is the addition of a jar of dill pickles.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Crock Pot Venison Roast
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We realize this isn’t necessarily a grilling recipe, but it’s too good not to share. We like to sear the venison roast on the grill for a few minutes before cooking in the slow cooker as it gives it a great grilled flavor and helps seal in moisture. What completes this recipe is the addition of a jar of dill pickles.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Using high heat, sear the venison roast on the grill on all sides.
  2. Add the roast to the crock pot and add the onion and a jar of kosher dill pickles with liquid.
  3. Turn the crock pot on LOW and let cook for 8-10 hours, leaving the lid closed during this time.
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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Back Straps
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Some would consider it a crime to add anything to backstraps. Tenderloins and backstraps are the prize cuts of meat for most wild game grillers, so if you plan to add anything to them, it better be delicious. This is an easy way to make backstraps bites that are paired with something equally delicious and sought after.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Back Straps
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Some would consider it a crime to add anything to backstraps. Tenderloins and backstraps are the prize cuts of meat for most wild game grillers, so if you plan to add anything to them, it better be delicious. This is an easy way to make backstraps bites that are paired with something equally delicious and sought after.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Place chunks of venison into a shallow baking dish, and pour enough apple cider in to cover them.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Remove, and pat dry.
  4. Discard apple cider, and return venison to the dish.
  5. Pour barbecue sauce over the chunks, cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 more hours.
  6. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  7. Remove meat from the refrigerator, and let stand for 30 minutes, or until no longer chilled.
  8. Wrap each chunk of venison in a slice of bacon and secure with toothpicks.
  9. Brush the grill grate with olive oil when hot, and place venison pieces on the grill so they are not touching. The bacon will kick up some flames, so be ready to control your grill.
  10. Grill, occasionally turning, until the bacon becomes slightly burnt, 15 to 20 minutes. The slower, the better.
  11. Dig in, and prepare to want more!
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Venison Sausage With Peppers And Onions
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There is something about the combination of sausage, peppers, and onions that always tastes great. Make it venison sausage from a successful hunting season and the combination is a true winner.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Venison Sausage With Peppers And Onions
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There is something about the combination of sausage, peppers, and onions that always tastes great. Make it venison sausage from a successful hunting season and the combination is a true winner.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Clean the seeds out of the acorn squash - wrap the acorn squash with foil and place on the on the grate out of your way for now. Pinch the foil on one side when wrapping them to make a guide and a handle for the tongs, this helps when you need to turn the squash.
  2. Cut the bell peppers and onions into rings, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Using either foil or a large roasting pan that fits on your grill, melt butter (amount varies by the quantity of food being cooked - you want at least a thin coating across the bottom of the pan) and add olive oil. Add the peppers and onions, along with a bit of water or beer (no more than a cup) to prevent burning. Cover with aluminum foil to keep the moisture in the pan.
  4. Start browning your sausage on the grill - you don't need to cook the sausage through at this point, just get some of the flavors from the grill on it. If you have some smoking chips, they work great at this stage.
  5. Check the onions and peppers every few minutes to make certain there aren't any hot spots in the pan, adjust the pan and stir as needed.
  6. After 10 minutes, turn the acorn squash to let them cook evenly.
  7. When the peppers and onions have softened, add the sausage to the pan, along with the canned tomatoes. Turn the heat up (or adjust the pan position for maximum heat) and keep the aluminum foil on top as much as possible to keep the moisture in the pan.
  8. In another pan, combine the second can of diced tomatoes and mixed greens, simmer while finishing the sausage.
  9. Check the acorn squash - with an oven mitt (or leather glove) press on the sides, if they are soft, they are ready to eat and can be moved to the warming rack, or pulled off of the grill.
  10. Check the sausage mixture roughly every five minutes. You want the liquid in the pan to be simmering. The sausage should be cooked through in ten minutes or less, depending on the thickness of the sausage and how hot the grill is.
  11. After no more than ten minutes, cut one sausage in half (or use a cooking thermometer) to check - if cooked through, pull off of the grill and enjoy, if not, wait another 4-5 minutes and repeat.
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