Ground elk — a low-fat version of beef — is lean and flavorful meat that is incredibly rewarding when cooked well. Not only is it rich in vital vitamins and minerals and offers a host of health benefits, the elk’s plant-based diet also ensures that you avoid the “gamey” flavor that can be unpleasant to some.
Instead, you get to enjoy a tender, delicate flavor profile that just works with diverse recipes. Convinced yet? These 15 ground elk recipes will teach you to turn this wild game into ultimate delicacies!
This savory pie meal is loaded with ground elk and a combination of tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and garlic, infused with aromatic spices, topped with mushrooms and shredded cheese, then sealed with a flakey pie crust and baked until golden brown. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a green salad to round out the meal.
Who doesn’t love a good curry? And this fusion meal brings together Moroccan meatballs with classic Indian spices to create an otherworldly meal. The meatballs are spiced with onions, mint, and parsley, cooked until brown and then simmered in a stunning “rogan josh” curry featuring a slew of aromatic spices. Garnish with limes and cilantro and serve with naan or rice.
This enchiladas recipe — made with ground elk meat, refried beans, red enchilada sauce, seasonings, chopped onion, green chiles, flour tortillas, and two types of cheeses — does not shy away from packing a punch of flavor. Bake the enchiladas until hot and bubbly, then serve with your favorite toppings to enjoy.
A tasty new take on the all-time-favorite Taco Bell dish, this crunch wrap recipe is made by layering perfectly seasoned ground elk on crunchy tortillas topped with refried beans. The meat layer is then topped with a cheese spread, a tostada shell, and a lettuce-and-tomato mixture, garnished with cheddar cheese, folded in a star pattern, and baked to perfection.
These juicy and delicious elk meatballs are incredibly tender and paired with the perfect sauce. The meatballs are made with ground elk, spicy Italian sausage, and mushrooms while the sauce is deliciously sweet, spicy, and slightly tangy. You can also make a bigger batch of meatballs and pair them with your favorite main!
#6. Elk Meatloaf
Make this iconic comfort food with ground elk, ground pork, tomato sauce, tomato ketchup, as well as some herbs and spices to create a magnificent dish that will have everyone reaching for more. Serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and peas for a filling, hearty meal.
This bite-sized appetizer is elegant, delicious, and super easy to make. All you have to do is combine ground elk with fennel, crispy breadcrumbs, and sweet and salty Gruyere, then use this filling to stuff the sauteed mushrooms and bake until golden brown. Set out a platter of these Hors d’oeuvre and watch them disappear in minutes!
This light, flavorful burger bowl will have you going wild! It features grilled elk and beef burgers paired with mixed greens, roasted sweet potato fries, purple sauerkraut for some probiotics, pickles for some heat and crunch, and creamy cashew butter and tahini to replace any cheese. Serve with sliced avocados for a refreshing summertime meal!
Create this mouthwatering feast by placing elk meat spiced with taco seasoning in puff pastry, topping it with cheese, forming the dough into tube shapes, cutting them into 1 pinwheel, and baking them. The pinwheels are then served with a salsa verde and sour cream sauce for dipping. Did we mention it comes together in 20 minutes?
This delectable comfort meal is cooked with ground elk, fresh mushrooms, garlic, onions, beef broth, heavy cream, and Worcestershire. Once cooked to flavorful perfection, serve with sour cream and egg noodles and sprinkle some fresh parsley (if desired). Feel free to experiment with variations of this recipe to custom-make it to your liking.
#11. Juiciest Elk Burgers
You can’t go wrong with a juicy burger. And these deliciously moist elk burgers are no exception. Make them with ground elk, a whole bunch of seasonings, and grated butter, then grill to perfection before assembling them in buns with your favorite toppings to create a tasty treat!
#12. Kidwell Family Tacos
Take your taco nights to new heights with this oh-so-amazing ground elk twist. This recipe is easy-to-make and incredibly customizable. Make the filling with ground elk and seasonings, then serve the tacos with toppings on the side so everyone can choose what they want to load up on their tacos. A perfect recipe for the pickiest eaters!
This appetizer is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted! Boiled cabbage leaves are stuffed with a lip-smackingly delicious mixture of ground elk, Italian sausage, cooked rice, tomato paste, Better Than Bouillon beef base, and various herbs and spices. Smother them in a gorgeous sauce made with tomato, brown sugar, and beef base, and bake for about an hour for an outstanding dish.
#14. Paleo Elk Chili
Deliciously rich and aromatic, this chili recipe uses ground elk and some simple ingredients along with a crockpot to merge all the flavors together and create the perfect bowl of comfort food. Enjoy it as-is or top it with your favorite toppings for a meal that will warm you up from the inside out.
#15. Quinoa Muffins
These quinoa muffins, made with ground elk, Italian sausage, quinoa, some chopped-up veggies, and spices, are ridiculously delicious and hearty. They’re also extremely adaptable! You can experiment with different spices and vegetables to create different flavor profiles. These tiny champions are also make-ahead friendly, perfect for weekend snacks!