A friend of ours brought us a deer yesterday. Just what I needed, since I have NO.PLACE.TO.PUT.IT. But thanks, Ian. (pronounced with a long I, as in EYE-un, not EEE-un.) We do appreciate it. We kept the hindquarter and gave the rest away. Really, I have NO ROOM in my freezer. Mr. Hawthorne made deerburgers today. And they were deerlicious.
Mr. Hawthorne's ingredients: about 5-6 pounds deer hindquarter 1 2/3 pound ground chuck 1 pound suet (approximately 3 pounds shown) Mr. Hawthorne trimmed the deer meat of its silverskin.
He added a heaping teaspoon each of Kosher salt, pepper, and Montreal Steak Seasoning, and ran it all through the grinder again.
Deerburger on an Arnold's Sandwich Bun. Mr. Hawthorne just had to add mustard and ketchup. Pickle slices would've been good. And Rodeo Bill's tater chips sandwiched inbetween the Arnold's would have been the ULTIMATE.
I have to say, this was deerlicious. The perfect balance of deer, chuck, and fat. The seasonings needed no adjustments.
I generally don't like a pan fried burger. I prefer grilled burgers. But these? Were wonderful. The fat cooked out, leaving its wonderful essence, and the deer meat gave the burger a wonderful richness and depth. Not gamy at all. Just a hint of deer.