It didn’t take long to discover the best moose burger recipe. As it turns out, moose burger is pretty darn flavorful itself!

So, needless to say, our job was actually pretty easy with this one, but we did learn a few tips and tricks along the way to make it even better!

Thick, juicy moose burgers with sesame seed buns brushed with butter.

Moose Burger Ingredients

2 pounds of ground moose burger. Some people will add pork fat. However, we find the burgers to be plenty juicy on their own. (plus, we have a secret ingredient for adding juiciness to our burgers)

1/8 cup of fresh minced onion. The not-so-secret ingredient. You will love how juicy and flavorful these burgers are with this simple ingredient.

The perfect seasonings. We used salt, pepper, paprika, brown sugar, dried minced garlic and cayenne pepper to spice things up.

Cut in half hamburger with more fully assembled hamburgers behind it on a wooden serving tray.

Moose Burger Recipe Instructions

1. Combine the seasonings.

Use a small ramekin or bowl to stir all your ingredients together.

2. Shred your onion.

I use the 3rd smallest grate on a standard box grater. Depending on the size of the onion, you can expect to use half an onion to get an eighth of a cup of minced onion.

Onion shredded up using the small grates of a box grater.

3. Season the meat.

Break up the ground moose meat and add the seasonings and onion. I personally use my hands to mix everything up. However, a wooden spatula will do the trick. Then, all you’ll need to do is form your burger patties!

4. Shape your burger patties.

I like my burgers pretty thick, so I divided the meat and formed six patties.

6 hand shaped burgers made from raw moose meat on a white marble table.

5. Cook your perfect moose burgers.

Preheat a 12″ cast iron skillet to medium heat and carefully add the patties, being careful not to overcrowd them. Cook for about 2-5 minutes per side.

Top tip: The thickness you make your patties will ultimately determine the total cook time. If necessary, reduce the heat to medium-low to allow the burgers to cook through.

Removing the ground moose burgers from the skillet using a metal spatula.
Moose burgers topped with melted cheese on a wooden board.

Moose Burger Cooking Tips

For well-done moose burgers, try doubling the minced onions in the recipe to ensure the meat doesn’t dry out. Admittedly, adding pork fat is a better option, but it isn’t always readily on hand in most households.

Dress the moose burgers with your favorite toppings. Ketchup and mustard are always a must, but I also love sprucing them up with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles.

Sides are a must, no matter what. Of course, you can’t have any hamburger without french fries, but what’s stopping you from throwing together some baked beans or even a light side salad? Ok, maybe not the salad.

Add a little butter to the skillet. While this isn’t totally necessary, it does help the burger develop a beautifully crispy sear! Just like moose chops!

More tips to keep your burger juicy

Add an egg: This is quite possibly the easiest way to add additional moisture to your moose burgers. While the results aren’t game-changing, it does help.

Include pork fat: I include pork fat in my venison burgers because, well, they have no fat, but the results are amazing!

Avoid pressing on the burger: Avoid the temptation to press down on the burger patty with a spatula while cooking, as doing so will force out all the flavorful juices that give the burger its juicy texture.

Onions spilling out of the moose meat hamburgers while they are smothered in cheese and inside a fancy bun.

What makes this the best moose burger recipe?

The best burgers are the ones you cook yourself to your liking!

Do you like your hamburgers thick or thin, with cheese or without? Perhaps you prefer loose meat burgers? That’s the beauty of it: customize it to fit your wants!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you bake burgers in the oven? Yes, follow this hamburger steak recipe to cook the most tender burgers in the oven.

What is the best pan to cook moose burgers? Cast iron skillets are the best pan for cooking moose burgers on the stovetop. They cook them evenly and create a perfect, crispy sear.

Can I make my burgers ahead of time? Certainly, store the cooked hamburgers in an airtight container or tightly wrapped plastic wrap for up to 3 days in the fridge. Just be sure they are completely cooled first.

Can I use another kind of meat instead of moose? Yes! Try using ground beef, elk hamburger, or ground turkey as alternatives.

What temperature should you cook ground moose to? The USDA recommends cooking ground meat, with the exception of ground poultry, to 160°F

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The Best Juiciest Moose Burger Recipe

Laura Ascher
This is the best moose burger recipe for perfectly juicy burgers every time!
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 235 kcal


  • 2 pounds of ground moose
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of ground black pepper and cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 of a cup of fresh minced onion.


  • Combine the spices in a small ramekin or bowl and set aside.
  • Add your ground moose to a mixing bowl along with the spices and minced onion. (see tips on making minced onion below)
  • Use your hands or a wooden spatula to combine the ingredients.
  • Form even-sized burger patties and add them to a preheated cast iron skillet.
  • Cook for 2-5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness.


Use the 3rd smallest grate on a standard box grater to shred the onion. Depending on the size of the onion, you can expect to use half an onion to get an eighth of a cup of minced onion.


Serving: 1ozCalories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 45gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 283mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5g
Keyword easy, weeknight, wild game
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