How to make your own Swedish pheasant burgers

Tired of the same old meats? Pheasant might spice up your kitchen and your cooking repertoire, while making them into burgers will ensure they'll go down a treat for the whole family.

How to make your own Swedish pheasant burgers
Pheasant burgers are a new twist on an old Swedish classic, the veal burger. Photo: John Duxbury/Swedish Food


Makes: Two large burgers 

Level: Moderate

Time: 15 minutes (including cooking time, plus 30 minutes chilling time before cooking)


3 slices of white bread, crusts removed

2 pheasant breasts, about 120g (5oz) each

2 egg yolks

120ml (1/2 cup) double (heavy) cream

1/2 tsp salt 

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp butter


1. Use a food processor to make the bread crumbs. Divide the breadcrumbs between two large plates or two sheets of baking parchment.

2. Mince the pheasant breasts.

3. Put the mince, salt and pepper in the food processor and blitz to thoroughly mix.

4. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, blitzing briefly after each addition.

5. Slowly add the cream with the motor running. You will end up with a loose mixture, quite different to an ordinary beef burger mixture.

6. Chill the mixture for 30-60 minutes as this makes it easier to shape.

7. Heat a frying pan and add a tablespoon of oil and a tablespoon of butter to the pan.

8. When the frying pan is nearly hot, divide the mixture into two portions and spoon on to one of the plates with breadcrumbs on. Use a knife to shape into two burgers, about 1¼ cm (½”) thick. Top the burgers with breadcrumbs from the other plate.

9. Fry the burgers for about 3 minutes per side until they are golden brown, but don’t overcook them.

10. Serve with potato puree and wilted ground elder or wilted spinach.


– Make sure all the ingredients are really cold when you start mixing, otherwise the mixture is likely to separate.

– Pheasant breasts vary a lot in size. Allow approximately 1 egg yolk and 60 ml (¼ cup) of cream for every 125 g (4 oz) of meat.
– You can use other parts of pheasant as well as the breast, but take care to avoid the numerous tiny bones in the thighs.

This recipe was originally published on food writer John Duxbury’s Swedish Food website. 


Swedish recipe of the week: coleslaw with cinnamon

If you have some leftover cinnamon from last week's cinnamon bun day, food writer John Duxbury shares his take on this classic salad, adding his own Swedish twist to it.

Swedish recipe of the week: coleslaw with cinnamon
The finished and garnished coleslaw. Photo: John Duxbury/Swedish Food

Swedes tend to eat a lot of raw vegetables so it is not surprising that coleslaw makes a regular appearance at mealtimes in Sweden. Adding cinnamon may seem a little strange, but a small amount adds a little interest. It goes well with robust foods such as with venison burgers.

Serves: 4-5

Level: Very easy

Preparation: 5 minutes (Plus 20 minutes for the cabbage to marinate)
Takes 25 minutes
300 g (12 oz) white cabbage (about half a cabbage)
1 medium cabbage
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 pinch ground cinnamon
5 tbsp mayonnaise
Freshly chopped herbs to garnish

1. Remove the core of the cabbage and any blemished leaves.

2. Finely chop the cabbage into long thin strips. (You can do this with a julienne slicer fitted to a food processor if you have one.)

3. Peel and thinly slice the carrot.

4. Mix the cabbage, carrot, lemon juice, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and toss thoroughly. Leave to stand for about 20 minutes.

5. Tip the cabbage and carrot mixture into a colander and drain thoroughly.

6. Add the mayonnaise and mix thoroughly.

7. Garnish with a light coating of cinnamon and some chopped herbs.


– Don't add too much cinnamon. It needs to add interest without being overpowering.

– Don't be tempted to use reduce fat mayonnaise. We were, but the coleslaw wasn't nearly as nice as it somehow seemed to make it greasier. The amount of saturated fat in one portion is, in any case, fairly small, at under 2 grams, so we didn't feel too guilty eating coleslaw made with ordinary mayonnaise!

Recipe courtesy of John Duxbury, founder and editor of the Swedish Food website.