Shrader Family Deer Goulash

Shrader Family Deer Goulash

Goulash is a family favorite around here and of course, I make it with ground deer burger every chance I get. It’s very simple to make and “it will stick to your ribs” as my family says.

This was one of my Grandpa Shrader’s favorite dishes. He would say, “Eww gosh, it’s goulash! Give me some before I die!” and at family gatherings, he would get mom to hide the goulash until it was time to eat so he could make sure he got some. So that should give you some kind of idea of how delicious it is.

You wouldn’t think it’s diet-friendly because it so delicious, but it is! It only has 231 calories per serving and a serving is a whole savory cup. It will fill you up quickly and keep you full, too. I guess that’s why my family says, it will stick to your ribs–because it stays with you so long.

Shrader Family Deer Goulash

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 231

Fat per serving: 3.9g

Shrader Family Deer Goulash


  • 1 lb of ground deer burger
  • 4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 diced onion (optional)
  • 22 oz of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 of a can of water


  1. Get two frying pans--one for the deer burger and one for the taters. Heat both pans to medium heat and add vegetable oil to the pan you are going to fry the taters in.
  2. Place the deer burger in a pan and crumble it as it fries. Place your chopped taters in the other pan and let them fry until done, which is usually about 20 minutes.
  3. Once the deer burger is done, usually within 10 minutes of frying, drain all of the excess fat. Add the diced onions to the mixture and let it fry until they are tender--somewhat transparent--about 5 minutes.
  4. Then add the cans of cream of mushroom soup, a half of a can of water, and the taters. Mix it well and let it simmer for about five minutes.

Shrader Family Deer Goulash is a meal in itself–you won’t need any side dishes, but it’s great with a big fat cat head biscuit! No, a cat head biscuit is NOT made with a cat’s head.

It’s just my way of saying a big fat biscuit–you know, one that is as big as a cat’s head. I don’t know where I got the expression from, but I’ve heard it all my life and I say it all the time.

Please see our Shrader Family Deer Goulash slideshow below…

The good, the bad and the delicious…

  • The Shrader Family Deer Goulash contains no cholesterol, is low in saturated fat, and very high in vitamin C.
  • There’s nothing bad to say about this recipe, but it might be too high in fat and sodium for those of you on a very strict diet.

Shrader Family Deer Goulash Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Grade: A

Yields: 6 Cups Serving Size: 1 Cup
Calories 231
% Daily Value*
 Total Fat 3.9g 6%
 Saturated Fat 0.7g 4%
 Trans Fat 0.0g
 Cholesterol 0mg 0%
 Sodium 340mg 14%
 Total Carbohydrates 27.4g 9%
 Dietary Fiber 3.8g 15%
 Sugars 3.2g
 Protein 20.0g
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 49%
Calcium 2%
Iron 7%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

To make this dish more diet-friendly…

  • Use low-fat and low-sodium cream of mushroom soup.
    • This will cut out about half of the fat and more than half of the sodium.

Eww gosh, it’s goulash! Give me some before I die!

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