By Josh Boyd
When most hunters think of ground venison, they envision savory burgers cooking on the grill or in a cast iron skillet. While no one can argue against this wonderful way to prepare ground venison, there is also an alternative way to serve venison burgers, that is really not a burger at all.
While this might sound contradictory at best, with a little ingenuity, you can serve up what one could best describe as equal parts venison burger and potato soup. Venison burger soup is an easy to cook favorite, which is guaranteed to become an instant classic at deer camp.
Gather Your Supplies
Before actual cooking can begin, you will need to gather all supplies that will be needed. Outside of basic kitchen utensils, much of what must be prepared will center around procuring all of your ingredients.
* 1 lb. ground venison
* Extra virgin olive oil
* ½ yellow onion
* 1 green bell pepper
* 2 fresh jalapenos
* 1 tsp. of salt
* 1 tsp. of pepper
* 1 tsp. minced garlic
* 1 cup of flour
* 2 quarts of beef stock
* 1-30 oz. package of hash browns
* 8 oz. cream cheese
* 1 package shredded Mexican blend cheese
Prepare Ground Venison
You will begin by finding an appropriate size skillet to hold your venison. Place a small amount of the extra virgin olive oil in the pan, and add your venison to it. Cook the venison, breaking it into small pieces, until the meat is thoroughly cooked. Next, you will need to drain any excess oil from your meat, then add the meat back into the pan.
Completing the Meat Mixture
While your meat is browning, using a cutting board or similar surface, cut up your onion, green pepper, and jalapeno peppers. Before cutting the green pepper and jalapeno peppers, carefully slice them open and clean the seeds from within. Then finely dice all of the peppers and onions.
Now place your browned meat, chopped onion, chopped peppers, salt, pepper, and minced garlic into the skillet. Continue cooking this mixture until the onion and peppers are tender. When complete, add and evenly mix your flour, and set this mixture aside.
Making the Soup
Now it is time to prepare your soup base. Begin by selecting a large enough stock pot to hold the necessary ingredients. Add your beef broth and hash browns to the pot. Place this pot on the stove, and turn the burner on medium-high to bring the broth to a boil.
Carefully monitor the pot so that it does not boil over. Once the broth has come to a boil, add your meat mixture and hash browns into it. Now you will cut your cream cheese into small chunks and add it to the soup.
Continue to cook on a medium heat setting for 30 minutes, or until the hash browns are tender and the cream cheese has melted. Be mindful to stir frequently, as to prevent the soup from sticking. To add a little extra flavor, garnish your soup with shredded cheese.
The Best of Both Worlds
If you like venison burger or potato soup, you are sure to find instant favor in this deer camp classic. However, if you are a fan of both, then venison burger soup is likely to take a permanent place toward the front of your cookbook.
Perhaps the greatest characteristic of this dish is that it is quick, simple, and quite convenient to prepare. If you have had a long day at work, yet long for a mouthwatering home-cooked dinner, then few dishes will fit the bill quite as well as venison burger soup.