Savory Venison Sliders

Miniature ground venison burgers loaded with fresh herbs, tomato and cheese are a great starter to keep hunger at bay while the main course in on the way. In a pinch, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of dried herbs or an herb blend (like Italian seasoning) in place of the fresh herbs. Load up a tray, and bring them to your next wild game potluck.

Savory Venison Sliders

Yield: 12 sliders

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground venison, about 4 1/2 cups
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup canned diced tomato
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fresh herbs, chopped -- sage, rosemary, basil, parsley, whatever is available
  • 12 small slices Swiss cheese
  • small slider buns or Hawaiian sweet rolls

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder, and sprinkle evenly over meat. Work into meat to distribute evenly. This will help bind the meat together when cooked.
  2. Place meat in a large bowl, and add remaining ingredients except cheese. Using your hands, mix thoroughly. Divide mixture into 3 equal portions. Divide each portion into 4 equal portions to make 12 patties. When forming burger patties, press firmly to help keep burgers intact while cooking.
  3. Place on a medium-hot grill, griddle or skillet and brown on one side. Flip over, cook for a couple of minutes more. Top with cheese, and cook until melted. Place in buns, and serve with condiments, if desired.

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