Best Venison Sausage Links Recipe – HuntChef Edition

Jeremy Critchfield

HuntChef has shared his recipe for Hot Italian Sausage Links and you can easily replicate it right at home.  Let’s put your freezer full of wild game to good use this season with this quick and easy Hot Italian Venison Sausage Links Recipe to good use.

Venison Sausage Links for the WIN!  Did you know that you can turn lean venison into Hot Italian Sausage Links that can be used in a variety of dishes and delicacies?  HuntChef offers a Hot Italian Sausage mix that will take your venison cooking skills to the next level.   These kits aren’t just for wild game, such as deer, elk, moose, or wild boar. They also work well with domestic meats, such as chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, or anything else really.  Here’s a quick and easy recipe that anyone can make right at home.

Hot Italian Venison Sausage Links Recipe

Hot Italian Sausage Links are the perfect way to spice up your wild game dinner. with the help of HuntChef’s Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning!  This recipe doesn’t take long and it’s very versatile for a variety of dishes.

  • Total Time:
    • Prep Time for Sausage:  30 mins (less if you know what you’re doing)
    • Prep Time for Veggies:  5 mins
    • Cook Time for Veggies:  10 mins or less
    • Cook Time for Links:  20 mins (approximate)
  • Servings:  Vary depending on size of sausage links

Tips for Making the Best Homemade Sausage

  • Experiment with different meats and ratios of mixtures.  Venison is much leaner than domestic meats like pork and beef, so you might want to add another meat to fatten up your sausage.
  • Cut the mean into small enough chunks so that it easily fits into the grinder.
  • Ensure the grinder is cold!  If you can, disassemble the grinder and place it in the refrigerator or store it on ice.
  • Keep the meat cold.  This will prevent it from sticking to the grinder as much as possible.
  • Season the meat prior to grinding it.
  • Add enough water to the meat to allow the seasoning to permeate all of the meat before grinding begins.

You can apply these tips anytime you’re making sausage, including stuffed peppers, sausage patties, meatballs, or stuffing it into casings for later use.


  • 5#’s of Venison
  • HuntChef “All Dusted Up Wild Bird Seasoning”
  • Natural Casings
  • Onions
  • HuntChef Hot Italian Sausage Mix
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Basil
  • Marinara Sauce (Stone House)
  • Lettuce
  • Olive Oil
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How to Make Hot Italian Venison Sausage Links:

Step 1:  Cut up 5 pounds of venison.  Cutting the meat into smaller chunks will help your grinder do its job and create better sausage in the process.  You will want to size the meat to your grinder!

Step 2:  Season the 5 pounds of cut-up venison with one pouch of HuntChef Hot Italian Sausage seasoning.  There are two pouches in each package and you’ll need only one of them for this recipe.

Step 3:  Chill the 5 pounds of cut-up venison and the grinder if possible.  This makes it easier for the meat to slide through the grinder.

Step 4:  Send the seasoned venison through the grinder for the first time.

Step 5:  Add 1/3 cup of water to the seasoned meat after grinding it for an initial time.  Hand mix the water into the sausage.

Step 6:  Send the sausage through the grinder a second time.

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Step 7: Form burger patties by hand to the thickness that you desire.  For this example, they’re approximately 1/2″ thick.

Step 8:  Cut up your vegetables:  Mushrooms, Mixed Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, and Pepperoncini

Step 9:  Apply olive oil to a heated pan, followed by Mushrooms, Mixed Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, and Pepperoncini

Step 10:  Season the vegetables with HuntChef All Dusted Up Wild Bird Seasoning.  Cook until desired taste is met.

Step 11:  Remove vegetables from heat and cook the venison sausage burger patties in the same pan.  Re-apply olive oil if necessary before adding patties.

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Time to Cook the Venison Sausage Patties:

Step 12:  Cook Venison Sausage patties until the desired temperature.

Step 13:  Reduce the heat of the pan.

Step 14:  Add cooked vegetables and top each patty with Blue Cheese.

Step 15:  Cover the pan on reduced heat to melt the cheese and lock in those flavors!

Step 16: Prepare bread of choice by combining mayonnaise and whole grain mustard into a 50/50 mix.  Apply liberally to bread.

Step 17:  Apply cooked venison sausage burger and vegetable melt on top of bread and enjoy!  #EATWHATYOUKILL

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Notes from HuntChef

Sausage is always a preference for folks. Whether they like what they enjoyed as a kid or have grown into or discovered…the one thing that I’ve found makes a huge difference to people is the texture of the grind. By that, I mean whether you grind the sausage on the smallest die or on the largest it makes a difference to people! For most of my fresh wild game sausage, I prefer to run it twice on my medium-sized die, this seems to mix the seasoning the best and keeps the texture from being grainy (too fine) or too coarse (too big).

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How to cook Hot Italian Venison Sausage directly from HuntChef!

Additional Uses for Hunt Chef Hot Italian Sausage

When making homemade sausage, I like to make extras and utilize the leftover sausage in a variety of ways.  Typically, HuntChef will make five pounds of Hot Italian Venison Sausage to include it in a variety of meals.

For instance, stuffed banana peppers that are par-baked, topped with marinara, mozzarella & pecorino cheeses.  Bake this beautiful concoction until golden. HuntChef also makes an amazing “sausage burger” with olives, roasted peppers, and more on toasted brioche buns that are out of this world.

You can also stuff a length of natural pork casing with the Hot Italian Sausage, coil it up and brown it in a cast iron pan.   Top these sausage links with sauteed peppers, onions, garlic, and more of some homemade marinara.  Bake until full-cooked then add fresh basil and serve with some fresh bread and butter!

Whether you are new to the sausage game or a professional backyard grilling machine, HuntChef sausage kits are the perfect compliment to increase your wild game cooking skills.   #EATWHATYOUKILL

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