Fried Onion Bear Burgers: Unique Twist on a Classic Dish

Chelsea Hansler // April 2

Grilling season is here and what better way to feed your friends and family than with homemade burgers from your spring bear hunt? That's exactly what I did this spring at our camp. I have made a few variations of these and each time I’m left with a juicy, flavourful, thick burger. 

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I don’t consider myself a great cook but over the years I have learned to make some pretty delicious meals with each season's harvest. In the past, I have struggled to make homemade burgers that didn’t just crumble and fall apart or were too dry from all the bread crumbs. That is, until this recipe. I have adapted to exactly what we like! This recipe can also be made with ground beef as well, you just won’t have to cook it to as high of an internal temperature. 

Fried Onion Bear Burgers


  • 1 Pound of ground bear meat 
  • 1/2 c Onions, sliced ( we prefer Spanish but any will do) 
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1/8 c Italian breadcrumbs 
  • Garlic powder 
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 
  • 1 Tbsp Ketchup 
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • One egg yolk 


  1. Slice all your onions thinly and separate the rings. Place them in hamburger-sized mounds on a baking sheet. 
  2. Gently mix the meat and other ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Form medium-sized hamburger balls and place them on top of the onion mounds. Press the hamburger down gently into the onions. The onions will help keep the burger together while cooking. If you have a burger press, add the onions to the bottom and then add in the burger and press together. It creates a perfectly shaped burger. 
  4. You can use wax paper to separate them and stack them to freeze or cook them immediately. 
  5. Cook them on a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop or grill. Cook until you reach an internal temperature of 165 F. (It is necessary to cook bear meat to min 165F to avoid trichinosis.) Thankfully this recipe, even cooked to this temperature does not dry them out! 
  6. Once cooked through, add your favorite toppings and enjoy! 

I have emitted the bread crumbs and egg and had no issue keeping the burgers intact while cooking! 

There you have it, easy homemade bear burgers! 

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About the Author

Chelsea Hansler

Hunter, mother, wife, artist, gardener, homesteader; these are a few of the titles that best describe Chelsea. She is a wife and a mother to two beautiful 4- and 5-year-old “babies”. After serving time in the Canadian Armed Forces, she moved to a tiny home in Northern Ontario, Canada. They are surrounded by thousands of acres of crown land and closer to home you will find her abundance of chickens, a mini horse, 2 cows, and their hounds. They strive to live a simple country life, hunting, gathering, and growing their own food. Everything her family does revolves around the outdoors and living this lifestyle. Chelsea is an artist, creating one-of-a-kind pieces focused mainly on this lifestyle.