Elk wontons
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Unwrapped wontons on a cookie sheet

Elk wontons

A different spin on a conventional recipe

By Dustin Mitchell
Wildlife Biologist
Southeastern Region

Cooking elk wontons

My family and I love hunting, and we love consuming what we harvest. We also love Chinese food, particularly wontons, so we tried a few variations and found we really enjoy this wonton recipe with elk burger.

It's always fun for me to use game meat to put a different spin on conventional recipes. Wontons, for instance, are a traditional Chinese dumpling filled with meat — most often pork. So, when my wife Danielle harvested a cow elk last season on the La Sal Mountains, we processed most of it into burger and used it to experiment on a lot of recipes, including this one.

Anyway, it's something a little different that everybody in my family loves.


For the meat filling
  • 1 lb. of elk burger (I like to use a ratio of 70% elk meat to 30% pork suet)
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • ½ of a medium sweet onion (finely diced)
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
For the skins
  • 1 package of wonton wrappers
  • 1 egg white mixed with ¼ teaspoon of cold water
For cooking
  • 2–3 cups of cooking oil (e.g., vegetable oil, canola oil, etc.)


Step 1:

Place the elk burger and other ingredients for the meat filling in a medium-sized bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Unwrapped wontons on a cookie sheet
Step 2:

Lay as many of the wonton wrappers as you can on a cookie sheet.

Step 3:

Brush the edges of the wrappers with the egg white and water mixture.

Step 4:

Put approximately one tablespoon of the meat filling in the middle of the wrappers. Then fold the wrappers in half, forming a triangle. Be sure to seal the edges of the wrappers together with the egg white/water mixture by pressing and rubbing it along the edges.

Wontons cooking in a pot
Step 5:

Using a large pot on your stovetop, preheat about 2 to 3 cups of cooking oil to approximately 300 degrees.

Step 6:

Drop as many wrapped wontons into the pot of boiling cooking oil as you can fit. Cook the wantons in the pot for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. To ensure both sides are the same color, use tongs to periodically flip the wontons.

Step 7:

Once the wontons are fully cooked, scoop them out of the pot and lay them on a baking pan lined with paper towels.

Wontons on a plate
Step 8:

Wait a few minutes for the wontons to cool, then serve, preferably with rice. I also like to dip them in sweet and sour sauce.


Dustin Mitchell

Dustin Mitchell

A longtime wildlife biologist and Utah Division of Wildlife employee, Dustin won the Division's award for best employee-submitted game recipe in 2020.

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