24 Wild Game Recipes Worthy of That Hard-Earned Harvested Meat

So you’re back from your weekend hunting trip and are loaded up with a plethora of game meat and no recipes to resolve your freezer’s overcrowding problem. Maybe you’re the significant other to an avid hunter without the slightest clue what to do with all of these game meats.

If this is your first time encountering this so-called “problem”, your brain’s probably in a tizzy, pondering how you could possibly cook these mass amounts of wild game meat.

Luckily for you, there are a multitude of recipes out there to cook up your well-earned and deserved game. In the name of keeping your options in check, here are 24 of our favorite wild game recipes.

Venison

1. Stuffed Venison Backstrap

Camp Chef
Camp Chef

Any time you can stuff any type meat with something, let alone bacon and cream cheese, you know it’s going to rock your world. This stuffed venison is no exception, and will have you wondering where this recipe has been all along.

Get the recipe here.

2. Venison Stew

Grumpy's Honey Bunch
Grumpy’s Honey Bunch

If you don’t want to pay much attention to cooking, opting for a stew is an easy and delicious move. This venison stew is filled to the brim with spices and veggies galore, giving you an easy-to-make and well-rounded meal.

Get the recipe here.

3. Three Cheese Venison Burger Pasta

Delishably
Delishably

What can we say, sometimes you just need pasta. What better way to incorporate some ground venison than by throwing it into a pasta casserole?

Get the recipe here.

4. Slow Cooker Venison Roast

Spark People
Spark People

This recipe is the absolute definition of ‘set it and forget it’ cooking. Not only will this venison roast turn out spectacularly, but you’ll want to add it to your regular rotation of slow cooker recipes. We have.

Find the recipe here.

5. Grilled Apple Cinnamon Marinated Venison Steak

Smoked 'n' Grilled
Smoked ‘n’ Grilled

This recipe is so much easier than it sounds with only six ingredients and a marinade that’s so flavorful, you’ll wonder why you never combined these spices before. I mean, is there anything better than grilled venison?

Find the recipe here.

6. Venison Chili

Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

This deer chili (venison chili) recipe is half store-bought and half homemade – one of our favorite combinations. Top it with sour cream for optimal consumption.

Find the recipe here.

Duck

7. Duck Poppers

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Pro Hunter’s Journal Recipes

Pictures speak a thousand words, and these poppers are nothing shy of photogenic. Once again, bacon and cream cheese can do no wrong.

Get the recipe here.

8. Duck Gumbo

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Taste of Home

A rich gumbo is a good way to keep your meat moist without being greasy at the same time. Mix up your gumbo game by adding duck in place of, or in addition to, andouille sausage, and you’ll be in for a treat.

Get the recipe here.

9. Pulled Duck with Plum Sriracha

Kitchen Sanctuary
Kitchen Sanctuary

If you thought pork was the only meat that could be pulled, the mere idea of this recipe will rock your socks off. Then you add a sweet and spicy topping? Oh my.

Get the recipe here.

Turkey

10. Whiskey-Glazed Wild Turkey Breast

Georgia Pellegrini
Georgia Pellegini

If there was an age old saying about whiskey and meat, it would belong here. This sweet and savory glaze makes this turkey melt in your mouth and you need this recipe in your recipe box ASAP.

Get the recipe here.

11. Wild Turkey and Dumplings

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Real Tree

Give the traditional chicken and dumplings a makeover and add turkey instead. The smokiness of the meat will enhance the overall flavors in the dumplings and sauce.

Get the recipe here.

12. Turkey Jerky

Beef Jerky Recipes
Beef Jerky Recipes

Because what good is game meat for if you don’t make some jerky out of it?!

Get the recipe here.

Dove

13. Green Chile Dove Enchiladas

Honest Food
Honest Food

Dove gets a Tex-Mex makeover in this green chile enchilada dish. Use whole corn tortillas to get the full effect and authenticity of this dish.

Get the recipe here.

14. Drunken Dove

My Wild Kitchen
My Wild Kitchen

The key to this dish is the play on combinations. For instance, we’re all familiar with drunken charro beans, but what about swapping the drunkenness to the meat, and just having a side of charro beans?

An ah-ha moment by My Wild Kitchen just for you. Get the recipe here.

15. Dove Nuggets

Georgia Pellegrini
Georgia Pellegrini

If you have dove, you must fry it. And when you fry it, you must fry bite-sized pieces. Little ones will be more inclined to eat them, and you’re never too old to enjoy a nugget!

Get the recipe here.

Wild Pig

16. Roasted Wild Boar

Food 52
Food 52

For an easy place-and-go meal, try roasting your wild boar in a crock pot for half an hour and there you have it, dinner is served.

Get the recipe here.

17. Wild Boar Carnitas

KCRW
KCRW

Yes, the meat has to cook for a couple hours, but once its simmering is complete, you’ll have tender meat to crisp up in a pan for hearty carnitas.

Get the recipe here.

18. Wild Boar Ragu

The Gourmet Gourmand
The Gourmet Gourmand

To some, cheese and wild boar may seem like an odd combination. That is, unless you’ve tried the masterful dish before. If not, you can thank us later.

Get the recipe here.

Quail

19. Fig and Balsamic-Glazed Quail

My Recipes
My Recipes

There’s nothing like the addition of figs in a dish to bring out flavors you never thought could exist in the dish it supplements. Plus, they’re delicious on their own.

Get the recipe here.

20. Quail with Rice

Taste of Home
Taste of Home

A classic take on a Southern favorite of chicken and rice. This is a recipe you need in your game arsenal for home-cooked simplicity.

Get the recipe here.

21. Stuffed Quail Gumbo

Saveur
Saveur

Back to the stuffed meat game is the stuffed quail but not just any stuffed quail; it’s gumbo-stuffed. Double the flavor and double the yum.

Get the recipe here.

Frog

22. Kung Pao Frog Legs

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Luxury Haven

It’s no secret that frog is considered ‘wild’ and ‘gamey’, but we bet you’ve never thought of eating it with a kung pao glaze, have you?

Get the recipe here.

23. Southern Style Frog Legs

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Traeger Grills

A little bit of heat never hurt anybody, and the same rings true with these frog legs. Roasted to perfection with all the right amount of spice and peppers, and you have one heck of a dish.

Get the recipe here.

24. Swampfire Frog Legs

Just a Pinch
Just a Pinch

Any wild game recipe list wouldn’t be complete without the hunter’s guilty pleasure: fried frog legs. Just a Pinch takes these bad boys up a notch with the addition of Sriracha. Mm-mm good.

Get the recipe here.

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