Venison HamBurger Helper

Like the recipe you grew up loving, but so much better! You can use elk, deer, moose, and even bear for this recipe! It’s perfect for an on the go camp meal or a weeknight meal in a hurry.

Hamburger helper was my absolute favorite as a kid. Now that I’m older and try not to eat as much processed food. So, I set a goal to try to make a hamburger helper that I would love with a lot less of that bad stuff. This recipe is great- so great, that the kids will want seconds. It’s loaded with flavor and of course, lots of cheese!

We cook outside a lot. I’m the kind of person that wants gourmet meals on the go so I try to get creative with using recipes with minimal packing. This recipe has a lot of spices, but thats what makes it so flavor packed. To make this recipe easier, just pack the uncooked noodles and spices in a jar before you go. You can even do this at home and leave it in pantry for nights when you’re really busy.

Another camping hack I’ve picked up through my travels, is cooking with a CanCooker. It’s one pot does all design is compact and heats off of any heat source. Did I mention it’s nonstick? I use it at home and I abuse it at camp. I can’t imagine not having one. It makes this recipe a breeze and more of a “set it and forget it” compared to using a Dutch oven.

If you don’t have a Cancooker, this recipe can be made in a large deep skillet or a well seasoned Dutch oven. Be sure to stir a few times during the cooking process to avoid the noodles sticking to the bottom of the pan.

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Venison HamBurger Helper

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Camping friendly wild game burger helper. Make this delicious family friendly recipe on the go or at home with either the Cancooker or Dutch oven cooking methods.

  • Author: Jenn Homa
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Venison
  • Method: CanCooker or Dutch Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Cooking Spray or Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 pound Ground Venison (Or Bear, Moose, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (More or Less to Taste)
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper (More or Less to Taste)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can Tomato Sauce
  • 3 cups Beef Bone Broth (or Regular Beef Broth)
  • 1 cup Uncooked Tubular Pasta
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  1. If making this recipe while camping: Mix together the seasonings and pasta in a mason jar before you leave.
  2. CanCooker Method
    1. Spray with CanCooker with nonstick cooking spray or 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add in onions. Allow the onions to cook for a couple minutes before adding in ground venison. Cook the venison until it’s browned but still pink. Drain any fat with a paper towel if needed.
    2. Add in tomato sauce, bone broth, and mason jar contents. Mix well then latch with the lid of the Cancooker.
    3. Allow to cook for 40-45 minutes with the lid latched. Pasta should be fully cooked. Add in cheese and mix until melted, then serve.
  3. Dutch Oven Method:
    1. If using a Dutch oven and a small amount of cooking oil to the bottom of the pan if not well seasoned then add in onions. Allow the onions to cook for about 5 minutes stirring often
    2. Add in ground venison and cook it until its mostly brown but still has some pink. Drain with a paper towel if needed.
    3. Add in tomato sauce, bone broth, and mason jar contents and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook for 12-15 minutes or until the pasta is tender and fully cooked.
    4. Mix in cheese until its melted and serve.

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  1. Prepped this for the work week using PA whitetail, absolutely amazing! Will keep this in my prep rotation.

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