Juicy Ostrich Burgers with Homemade Mustard Sauce

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burgers with ostrich meat

What’s Up, Hungry People

Yes, you read that title correctly. Ostrich. Like the giant bird that buries its head in the sand—that kind of ostrich. Who knew you could even get ostrich meat?!

Well, if you’ve ever been to Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, you’ll know uncommon meats are their specialty. So when I found this ostrich meat, I knew immediately I needed to try it.

Ostrich meat basically tastes like chicken pretending to be red meat. It tastes a tiny bit like turkey but chews like beef. It’s really quite a pleasant meat once you get past how “weird” it is. Ostrich meat is lower in fat than beef and closer to poultry in nutritional value—so if you’re looking to keep it light while also stuffing your face with red meat, then ostrich meat is for you. It cooks just like beef but needs to be cooked like chicken—so making sure you reach an internal temperature of 160°F is very important.

pretzel ostrich burgers

We had our ostrich burgers at our own little backyard cookout. I served our ostrich with pretzel buns and a simple Greek yogurt mustard sauce that really highlighted all the flavors of the meat.

Check out your local specialty butcher and farmers’ markets to find ostrich meat near you!

Here’s What You Need

  • Ostrich meat: Juicy, lean protein with a flavor mix of chicken and beef.
  • Shallot: Adds a mild, sweet onion flavor to the meat mixture.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Gives a savory depth to the patties.
  • Italian bread crumbs: Helps bind the patties while adding a subtle Italian flavor.
  • Fresh parsley: Adds a fresh, herbaceous note to both the patties and the sauce.
  • Salt & pepper: Essential seasonings to enhance the overall taste.
  • Plain Greek yogurt: Provides a creamy base for the mustard sauce.
  • Stone ground mustard: Adds tangy, rich flavor to the sauce.
  • Pretzel buns: Soft and slightly salty, perfect for the burgers.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese slices: Melts beautifully over the patties for extra flavor.
  • Tomato slices: Fresh and juicy, adding a refreshing contrast.
  • Red onion slices: Crunchy with a slight bite, perfect for toppings.
  • Butter lettuce: Adds a crisp, refreshing layer to the burger.
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Let’s Cook

First, let’s get that Greek yogurt mustard sauce ready. In a small bowl, whisk together the plain Greek yogurt, stone ground mustard, and freshly chopped parsley. Pop it in the fridge to chill until you’re ready to serve. This simple sauce will add a nice tangy kick to your burgers.

Mix the Patties

In a separate bowl, combine the ground ostrich meat, finely chopped shallot, Worcestershire sauce, Italian bread crumbs, fresh parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix everything well until it’s thoroughly combined. Now, divide the mixture into four equal parts and shape them into patties about half an inch thick. This ensures they cook evenly and hold together nicely on the grill.

ostrich burgers with pretzel buns and sauce

Time to Grill

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, place the ostrich patties on the grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. You’ll know they’re done when they reach an internal temperature of 160°F. It’s crucial to get the temperature right to ensure they’re cooked through but still juicy.

Let the patties rest for about 5 minutes after grilling. This helps the juices redistribute, keeping your burgers moist and delicious.

grilled ostrich burgers

Assemble Your Masterpiece

Now for the fun part—assembling your ostrich burgers. Start with the pretzel buns and layer on the Greek yogurt mustard sauce. Add the grilled ostrich patty, followed by sharp cheddar cheese slices, tomato slices, red onion slices, and butter lettuce.

Feel free to add any other favorite toppings you love. Serve these bad boys at your next cookout and watch your guests’ faces light up with surprise and delight.

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Extra Tips for Ostrich Burger Success

  • Don’t Overcook: Ostrich meat can dry out quickly, so keep a close eye on the grill and use a meat thermometer to ensure you reach exactly 160°F.
  • Chill the Patties: If you have time, chill the formed patties in the fridge for about 30 minutes before grilling. This helps them hold their shape better.
  • Experiment with Toppings: While the classics are great, try adding avocado, bacon, or a spicy aioli for an extra twist.
  • Sauce Variations: Not a mustard fan? Try mixing the Greek yogurt with sriracha or a bit of honey for a different flavor profile.
  • Storage: If you have leftovers (though I doubt you will!), store the patties and toppings separately to keep everything fresh for the next meal.
american cookout with burgers

Ostrich burgers might sound unusual, but they’re a fantastic way to switch up your typical burger night. With their unique flavor and lean meat, these burgers are both tasty and a bit adventurous. Pairing them with pretzel buns and a tangy Greek yogurt mustard sauce adds a gourmet touch that’s sure to impress. Don’t forget to hit up your local specialty butcher for the best ostrich meat. Happy grilling, Hungry People!

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Ostrich Burgers

The Starving Chef
These ostrich burgers offer a unique blend of flavors with lean meat, tangy mustard sauce, and pretzel buns.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Grill
Cuisine American, Burgers
Servings 4



  • 32 oz ostrich meat
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parlsey chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup stone ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped


  • pretzel buns
  • sharp cheddar cheese slices
  • tomato slices
  • red onion slices
  • butter lettuce


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, mustard, and parsley. Chill until ready to serve.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the ground ostrich, minced shallot, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir well until combined.
  • Separate the meat mixture into four quarter-pound patties. Flatten the patties to be about a half-inch thick.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the ostrich patties for 3-4 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Let the patties rest for 5 minutes prior to serving.
  • Assemble the ostrich patties on the pretzel buns with the Greek yogurt mustard sauce, lettuce, cheese, tomato, and onion as desired. Add your favorite toppings for more fun! Enjoy!
Keyword burger, grill, ostrich
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