Venison Burger topped with pulled BBQ Rabbit

Venison Burger topped with pulled BBQ Rabbit

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3 people

Shawn Bailey from Game On! is digging into his family recipe book to give you the very best BBQ burger possible. Don’t expect a basic beef burger from Shawn, because this burger uses venison and pulled rabbit with homemade barbecue sauce to make a unique taste that will make you wonder why you’ve never had a venison burger before.

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  • 1 rabbit
  • 1 tablespoon Allspice
  • 6 onions
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound venison
  • 3 slices smoked bacon
  • 3 leeks with leaves (can use scallions)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • 1 Cut up rabbit.
  • 2 Salt and pepper to taste, set aside.
  • 3 Roughly slice 6 onions.
  • 4 In dutch oven pot with lid, put 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the 6 onions and rabbit.
  • 5 Add 1 cup water.
  • 6 Add 1 tablespoon Allspice.
  • 7 Cook for 1-1hr 30 minutes on medium heat, stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick. Add more water if needed.
  • 8 While rabbit cooks prepare burgers.
  • 9 Place one pound of venison in a bowl.
  • 10 Finely dice three slices smoked bacon.
  • 11 Finely chop 3 leeks or (optional scallions), use leaves for extra flavor.
  • 12 Add 1 egg.
  • 13 Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 14 Mix well and make patties.
  • 15 Place burgers on grill or stop top griddle. Coat with cooking oil/spray to avoid sticking.
  • 16 Flip burgers only once. The burger will get a grill line midway up the patty; this lets you know they are ready to flip.
  • 17 When burgers are done, set aside, cover with foil to keep warm and allow to rest.
  • 18 Remove rabbit pieces from dutch oven, shred with fork, meat should fall off of bone and be nice and tender.
  • 19 Cut roll or bun, place venison burger on bun, drizzle with BBQ sauce, add shredded rabbit, drizzle more BBQ sauce, place top on bun.



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