Recipe: Venison Hamburger Soup

posted on August 25, 2018

Fall is just around the corner, and cooler temperatures mean a big pot of soup for lunch or dinner. Whether you’re at home or in hunting camp, soup is great comfort food for many outdoor enthusiasts. Of course, it’s always better with wild game, and ground deer, elk, moose, caribou, antelope and even wild hog works great with this recipe.

Hamburger soup is quick and easy to make, letting the heat source do all the work while you’re out playing. Barley is a hearty way to add body to the soup, but potatoes or pasta can also be used, just make sure to put them in near the end of the simmering process so they don’t overcook and break down.

It can be made on the stove or in a crockpot, and it freezes well if you want to make it in advance of a big event. Browning the meat is an important part of generating the final flavors in your soup, so don’t take any shortcuts.

• 2 lbs. ground venison
• 1 medium onion, finely chopped
• 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 28 oz. can tomatoes
• 2 cups water
• 4 cups beef stock
• 1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
• 4 carrots, finely chopped
• 2 bay leaves
• 3 sprigs parsley (or 2 tsp dried parsley flakes)
• 1 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• Pepper to taste
• ½ cup pearl barley

1. Brown meat, onions, celery and garlic. Drain well.
2. Combine all ingredients in large pot. Simmer covered for one to two hours.


Benelli SBE3 28 Gauge 3 Inch Lead
Benelli SBE3 28 Gauge 3 Inch Lead

New for 2022: Benelli SBE3 28-Gauge, 3-Inch

For 2022, Benelli raises the bar in the growing sub-gauge movement with the release of the 28-gauge Super Black Eagle 3, featuring a 3-inch chamber.

Winchester Debuts Bismuth Waterfowl Ammunition

Winchester's Bismuth brings to market a premium, uniform shot, which is tin-plated to produce smooth and round bismuth.

First Look: Rock River Arms Predator HP LAR-BT3

Chambered in the venerable .243 Winchester, the new Predator HP LAR-BT3 is field ready and capable of MOA accuracy.

First Look: TNT T-Rex Pro Treestand in Realtree Edge Camo

Weighing in at just 21 pounds, the True North Treestands (TNT) T-Rex self-climber in Realtree Edge camo is a stand-up/sit-down style all-aluminum stand that features True North's new patent-pending "T-Rex” toothed dual-cable design and the Rapid Claw attachment system.

First Look: Primos Trigger Stick Apex Carbon Fiber Tripod

With carbon-fiber-wrapped aluminum legs and a solid Apex-Clamp design, the Trigger Stick Apex Carbon Fiber Tripod allows firearms or crossbows to be secured to it.

Browning Introduces New A5 Sweet Sixteen Shotguns

Browning’s A5 Sweet Sixteen lineup grows with several new models for designed for upland and waterfowl hunting.


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.