Field to Table: Wild Game Recipes for Summer Cookouts

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At Full Draw Adventures, we believe the best part of hunting is sharing your catch with loved ones. Our guide, “Field to Table: Wild Game Recipes for Summer Cookouts,” is made for those who love both hunting and cooking.

Imagine grilling venison steaks, smoking duck breasts, or making wild turkey burgers—all perfect for summer get-togethers. Our recipes will help you turn your wild game into tasty meals everyone will enjoy. Let’s make your next cookout a wild game feast!

Delicious Wild Game Recipes for Your Summer Cookout

Grilled Venison Steaks

Ingredients: Venison steaks, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper


  • Marinate: Combine olive oil, minced garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Coat the venison steaks in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat Grill: Heat the grill to medium-high.
  • Grill Steaks: Place the steaks on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or adjust time for desired doneness.
  • Rest: Let the steaks rest for a few minutes before serving to retain juices.

Wild Turkey Burgers

Ingredients: Ground wild turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, spices, burger buns


  • Prepare Mixture: In a bowl, mix ground turkey with breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, and any preferred spices.
  • Form Patties: Shape the mixture into burger patties.
  • Preheat Grill: Heat the grill to medium.
  • Grill Patties: Cook the patties for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Assemble Burgers: Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato, and aioli.

Pheasant Kebabs

Ingredients: Pheasant breast, bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, marinade


  • Marinate: Cut pheasant breast into cubes and marinate with your favorite marinade for at least 1 hour.
  • Prepare Skewers: Thread pheasant pieces, bell pepper chunks, onion slices, and cherry tomatoes onto skewers.
  • Preheat Grill: Heat the grill to medium-high.
  • Grill Kebabs: Cook the skewers for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until pheasant is fully cooked.

Grilled Quail

Ingredients: Quail, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper


  • Marinate: Mix olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Coat the quail with the marinade and let it sit for 1-2 hours.
  • Preheat Grill: Heat the grill to medium.
  • Grill Quail: Place quail on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through.

Smoked Duck Breast

Ingredients: Duck breasts, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, wood chips for smoking


  • Season: Rub duck breasts with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.
  • Prepare Smoker: Soak wood chips in water for 30 minutes, then prepare the smoker or grill for indirect smoking.
  • Smoke Duck: Place the duck breasts on the smoker. Smoke at 225°F for about 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium-rare.
  • Rest and Slice: Let the duck rest for 10 minutes before slicing thinly.

These detailed recipes will help you make the most of your wild game for a memorable summer cookout. Enjoy the rich flavors and the satisfaction of sharing your hunting bounty with friends and family.

Bringing It All Together

At Full Draw Adventures, we celebrate the full journey of hunting, from the thrill of the chase to the joy of sharing a delicious meal. Our “Field to Table: Wild Game Recipes for Summer Cookouts” guide is designed to help you make the most of your hunting harvest, turning it into mouth watering dishes perfect for summer gatherings.

By following our detailed recipes and tips, you can impress your guests with the rich flavors of wild game, creating memorable cookouts that honor the fruits of your hard work and respect for nature. Remember to embrace ethical and sustainable hunting practices to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same experiences.

We hope these recipes inspire you to explore new culinary adventures and create lasting memories with friends and family. Happy hunting and happy cooking!