Wild Game Recipe: Sausage Patties


Wild game recipes are so popular where we are in Montana, and they have been popular at our house for years — even when we lived in other states. This wild game recipe is my favorite so far: homemade sausage patties. I had looked for sausage recipes online for some time, and when I found Gluten Free Goddess’s “Gluten Free Maple Apple Breakfast Sausage” recipe, I was hopeful it could be converted to wild game — specifically deer or elk meat. I played with it a bit and the recipe below was born.

Wild Game Recipe: Sausage Patties

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 25 patties.

Wild Game Recipe: Sausage Patties


  • 2 Pounds Ground Meat (Deer, Elk, or other Wild Game Meat)
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 1/2 Small to Medium Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup (the "Good Stuff")
  • 1 TB Fennel Seed
  • 2 tsp. Thyme
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Allspice
  • 1 tsp. Curry
  • 2 TB Kosher or Sea Salt


  1. Finely dice apply, onion, and jalapeno (remove seeds from jalapeno if you don't want it spicy).
  2. Mix all ingredients.
  3. Heat olive oil large skillet over high heat. Oil should cover the bottom of the skillet -- be generous with the oil. Remember: olive oil is a fat that is good for you.
  4. Form into balls in the palm of your hand (about 1/2 the size of a large palm, 3/4 the size of a small hand palm). Press into patties about 1/2" to 1" thick.
  5. Cook until you see them cooked over half the way through the patties. Bottom should look burned -- it is just the maple syrup caramelizing (this is a great thing).
  6. Flip and cook through.
  7. Oil pan between each batch of sausages. Makes about 25 patties.


This wild game recipe is such a treat. I am very sensitive to the gamey-ness of deer (I am so sorry to any die-hard deer fans, but it’s true), and I assure you that gamey flavor is gone. Finding a really good sausage recipe and getting to use our proteins of choice — family-hunted deer or elk — is so cool. If you want to use ground turkey or beef, just cut way back on the spices, and it should work very well.

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