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Venison Grilled Cheese

Venison Grilled Cheese

Two grilled cheese sandwiches on a blue plate with a knife off to the side.

Add ground venison to this classic sandwich and you have a filling, quick meal

When it comes to quick and easy meals, it doesn’t get much better than a grilled cheese sandwich. Unfortunately, they just don’t seem to stick to my ribs. Within an hour of eating a sandwich, I always find myself rummaging through my pantry to find something else to subside my hunger. A few weeks ago on a chilly Ohio Sunday afternoon, I decided I’d make some grilled cheese sandwiches for my family. I set the bread aside, grabbed some butter, and reached for the cheese. That is when I saw it – thawed ground venison sitting in my refrigerator. How I had never thought of combining ground venison into my grilled cheese sandwiches before now is beyond me, but I sure am glad I finally had the epiphany. This is not only a recipe that can help to incorporate venison into a quick 15 minute meal, but it is a great recipe to introduce folks to wild game.    

Two grilled cheese sandwiches on a blue plate with a knife off to the side.

Venison Grilled Cheese

Jimmy Jones
A quick and easy meal that works as a great introduction to eating wild game
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 570 kcal


  • ½ lb ground venison
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Pepper to taste
  • 8 slices favorite cheese I use one slice pepper jack and one slice cheddar on each sandwich
  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Brown ground meat in a skillet with shallot or onion, minced garlic, pesto, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Drain excess fat. 
  • With a  butter knife, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Place four slices of bread, buttered side down, in skillet.
  • Add one slice of cheese to each piece of bread that is in the skillet.
  • Equally divide ground meat mixture and place on all four slices.
  • Top meat mixture with remaining four slices of cheese.
  • Top with four remaining pieces of bread, buttered side up.
  • Heat skillet to low heat and cook sandwiches.
  • Flip sandwiches with a spatula when bottom slices of bread are golden brown.
  • Once both sides of sandwiches are golden brown. Remove from heat, slice in half and serve.


Calories: 570kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 33gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 837mgPotassium: 390mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 986IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 533mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Venison
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