14 Amazing Ground Elk Recipes

Elk burger in a bun with melted cheese and fries on side

Have you ever tasted ground elk? This is a leaner and healthier version of beef with incredible flavor.

Moreover, this beef has loads of nutrients and vitamins, perfect for anyone craving meat while dieting.

Elk burger in a bun with melted cheese and fries on side

Ground elk has a unique and delicate flavor. This means that you can use it to create many mouthwatering recipes. So, if you have ground elk lying idol in your fridge, now is the time to reap its benefits and enjoy its flavor.

Dig in as we explore 14 different ground elk recipes and give you a chance to prepare a feast at home.

Easy Ground Elk Recipes

Often considered an alternative to ground beef, ground elk isn't quite popular. However, it is always a wise idea to try something new today. Check our recipes.

1. Elk Ragu

If you love pasta dishes, this recipe is quite delicious and interesting. Elk Ragu combines ground elk and classic ragu, providing you with a rich recipe that tastes like heaven.

The trick to enjoying a wonderful  Elk Ragu is slow cooking. Moreover, if you are trying this dish for the first time, we recommend following the recipe card and all the instructions to the tee.

2. Elk Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

If you have the best and most fresh ground elk, try making these stuffed cabbage rolls.  These rolls taste great for a Sunday afternoon to treat when you want something comforting. Moreover, you can make these roles beforehand and reheat them when required.

Serve the rolls with tomato sauce and elevate your food experience manifolds.

3. Elk Burger

This elk burger is juicy, moist, and oh-so-delicious. In addition, it is easy to make, and you can play around with various ingredients when combining the meat with the buns and sauces.

For instance, if you love mayo and tomato sauce in your burger, add a layer to make it according to your liking. Then, enjoy this burger with french fries or coleslaw.

4. Kashmiri Elk Curry

This curry can easily blow your mind and might convince you to want more. The recipe combines Morrocan meatballs made from ground elk and curry from ingredients like tomato paste, garlic, ginger, and many Indian spices.

This recipe isn't spicy and can be served with boiled rice. You can also enjoy it with chapati, a traditional Indian bread.

5. Elk Meatballs With Sweet and Spicy Sauce

Elk meat has a mild flavor, making it convenient to use in many ways. For instance, you can convert the ground meat into meatballs and then prepare a delicious sweet and spicy sauce to elevate the dish's flavor.

These meatballs can be enjoyed on their own as appetizers or snacks. In addition, you can use these meatballs for a meal by enjoying them with rice or garlic bread.

6. Mexican Lasagna With Ground Elk

Do you want to try a Mexican dish this weekend? Use ground elk to create a wonderful lasagna that might transport you to Mexico with every bite.

So, what is so special about this recipe? For starters, it takes only one hour to cook it. In addition, the recipe uses taco seasoning that blends well with other ingredients and makes your meat taste great.

Load this lasagne with a good amount of shredded cheese, so you can enjoy the creamy flavor while you take a bite with a cold drink.

7. Elk Taco Salad

Now, this one is unique, isn't it? This elk taco salad can be your number-one companion for all your diet plans. Not only is this salad beautiful and colorful, but it also tastes great.

You can check the tagged recipe for all the ingredients. For the dressing, try topping the salad with lime juice, salsa, or a greek yogurt dressing. Believe us; you will love every part of this salad, which might become your favorite food this summer.

8. Elk Zucchini Burger

These light and healthy burgers are a delight to eat. They are also one of the best ways to introduce meat to children, who may otherwise like consuming beef.

Once you have prepared the patties, serve them in a bun with sauces of your choice. You can also layer the patty with vegetables such as cucumber, tomatoes, and cabbage leaves.

9. Kidwell Family Tacos

One of the best things about tacos is that they are perfect for busy nights. They don't take long to make and are also always delicious, meaning that you get no rejections from your family.

This recipe uses ground elk with other ingredients like chili powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, salt, and Mexican oregano. You can top the tacos with guacamole, cream, cheddar cheese, green onions, and cilantro.

If you follow the recipe properly, there won't be any failures. However, if you have made tacos before, you can adjust all the ingredients according to your liking. Serve these elk tacos with salsa or a nice tomato dip for an amazing and healthy feast.

10. Tequila Elk Green Chili Enchiladas

If you are having a party soon and want your guests to try something new, these elk enchiladas are worth a try. The recipe features tortillas filled with ground elk and cheese.  The tortillas are then baked in a green chili sauce that contains just the right amount of tequila.

If you have kids over, you can avoid adding tequila and prepare a separate batch for them. For adults, adjust the quantity of the drink according to your taste and preference.

This dish tastes great on its own and is also quite fulfilling, thanks to ground meat and loads of cheese. However, you can always serve it with rice, french fries, or a nice salad to please the crowd.

Finally, if you are not a fan of green chili sauce, replace it with red chili sauce to make it according to your liking.

11. Savory Garlic Mushroom Ground Elk Over Rice

This is an easy recipe for beginners. However, if you aren't skilled enough to cook a stroganoff at home, you may want to follow the instructions in the recipe card and prepare this recipe.

There are no fancy ingredients required for this one. In fact, you may find everything in your pantry.

Mushrooms and ground elk taste great together. Moreover, when served with rice, this recipe feels quite fulfilling.

12. Elk Salisbury Steak With Onion Gravy

This ground elk steak is to die for. Plus, the onion gravy helps increase the flavor and value of the steak by ten folds.

This dish gets ready within 30 minutes, making it a perfect meal for your urgent guests. In addition, it doesn't require many ingredients, and most of the things mentioned are readily available.

Many people avoid eating onions. If that's the case with you, use mushrooms instead. They give the same sweet taste required for this recipe.

13. Elk Meatloaf Green Chilies

If you often make meatloaf, you will know how delicious this dish is. However, it is always good to give your traditional recipe a nice twist and use ground elk instead of regular meat.

To make this recipe, you may need a few major ingredients. For instance, stock your kitchen table with ground elk, Italian seasoning, onion powder, eggs, quinoa, Worcestershire sauce, Italian bread crumbs, and roasted green chilies.

The procedure is a little tricky, especially when you haven't handled this beef before. Follow all the instructions properly and enjoy with your favorite bread or rice.

14. The Cowboy Elk Pizza

This pizza is a delight to make and eat. In addition, it is loved by kids and adults, a wonderful reason to make it at home.

To make things easy for yourself, buy the best ready-made pizza crust from the market. Next, choose the toppings as per your liking. You can add chopped mushrooms, black olives, onions, jalapenos, and sliced tomatoes with ground elk.

There is no limit when it comes to adding ingredients to your pizza. Also, choose a pizza sauce that isn't too spicy. This way, it can be eaten easily.

Finally, when making this pizza, take all instructions seriously. Set your oven accordingly so the crust bakes properly and you get a nice meal to enjoy.

Elk meatballs

Elk Meatballs

This Elk Meatballs recipe is wholesome and can be enjoyed during a lunch or dinner.
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Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground elk, meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Corrie


  • 1 pound ground elk meat
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ chopped onion
  • 5 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • cup beef broth
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Mashed potatoes/egg noodles for serving


  • Take a skillet and melt one tablespoon of butter in it. Once melted, add onions and garlic to sautee.
  • Take a large bowl and mix ground elk, bread crumbs, garlic, onions, egg, salt, pepper and Allspice. Use hands to mix everything.
  • Make meatballs with the meat mixture and cook them in melted butter and olive oil. Place the meatballs aside when cooked.
  • Now whisk flour in the melting unsalted butter. Also, pour in broth and whisk continually.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, sour cream and mustard and cook the sauce.
  • Put all the cooked meatballs back and mix
  • Serve the meatballs over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.


Serving: 1person Calories: 625kcal Carbohydrates: 175g Protein: 1g Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g Trans Fat: 0.04g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 10mg Potassium: 187mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 172g Vitamin A: 44IU Vitamin C: 71mg Calcium: 21mg Iron: 1mg
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