Deer Shepherd’s Pie

Our Deer Shepherd’s Pie recipe is so good it will make your tongue smack your lips. Get ready to loosen your belt buckle!

This is one recipe you’ll make over and over. It’s a family staple and it’s so easy to make. This recipe serves eight so you could make it smaller if needed. With my big family, this size is just right. 

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Deer Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 37 minutes

Total Time: 42 minutes

Yield: 8 pieces

Serving Size: 1 piece

Calories per serving: 660

Fat per serving: 25 g

Deer Shepherd’s Pie


  • 2 lbs of ground deer burger
  • 2 cups of mixed vegetables
  • 2 cans of cream of celery
  • 1 can of cream of chicken
  • 6 cups of mashed potatoes (I like the Idahoan Four Cheese Mashed Potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup of finely shredded mild cheddar cheese or cheddar cheese blend of your choice (optional)


  1. Put the ground deer burger in a large frying pan. Crumble it as it fries. Once it’s done–about 7 minutes, drain the excess fat from the burger. Add the cans of cream of celery and cream of chicken soup into the burger. Stir well, and then add the mixed vegetables, and stir well again.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350. Pour the deer shepherd’s pie burger mixture into a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish, and spread the mixture evenly. Make sure to leave head room for the mashed potatoes.
  3. For the potatoes, prepare as directed on the package or if you use homemade just make them as you normally do.
  4. When done, dip mashed potatoes out of the bowl one tablespoon at a time and spread them evenly on the deer shepherd’s pie.
  5. Once you are finished with the potatoes, sprinkle mild shredded cheddar cheese on top. You don’t want too much cheese. Make sure you can still see a little of the potatoes under the cheese.
  6. Place the dish in the oven and let it bake for about 30 minutes. The best way to tell if it’s done is when the cheese melts and it starts to brown. If you didn’t put cheese on yours, the mashed potatoes will start to crack and brown when it’s done.

This goes great with rolls or biscuits and maybe a side salad. It’s great as leftovers too! Yum Yum!

Some people like it best without the cheese. It cuts calories if you leave the cheese off. I am one of those people, so I make two dishes and fix one without the cheese or you can do half with cheese and a half without cheese. Either way, your family, and friends will love this Deer Shepherd’s Pie recipe.

The good, the bad and the delicious…

  • The Deer Shepherd’s Pie has lots of protein, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
  • It is also very high in calories and sodium and high in cholesterol, especially for those that are on a strict diet.

See tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.


Deer Shepherd’s Pie Nutrition Facts


Yields: 8 Pieces Serving Size: 1 Piece
Calories 660 Calories from fat: 34%
  % Daily Value*
Total Fat 25 g 38%
Saturated Fat 10 g 48%
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g  
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g  
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 105 mg 35%
Sodium 2724 mg 113%
Potassium 456 mg
Total Carbohydrates 73 g 24%
Dietary Fiber 6 g 25%
Sugars 8 g  
Protein 34 g  
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 20% Iron 25%

To make this dish more diet-friendly…

  • To help lower the cholesterol and fat you could use less fat in your ground venison burger. This recipe was calculated using 80/20 ground venison burger. You could also use low-fat cream of celery and cream of chicken soup and low-fat cheese. You could also omit the cheese altogether. 
  • To help lower the sodium you could use homemade mashed potatoes and use a salt alternative. You could make your own cream of celery and cream of chicken soup or use a low sodium brand.
  • Doing all of the above will also help lower the calories.
  • Whatever changes you make to your Deer Shepherd’s Pie, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at

Bon Appétit

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12 thoughts on “Deer Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. As always your recipes look delicious… and because of them I just may TRY some deer when I’m somewhere that they are serving it! hahaha

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