We are honored that Jessica White, founder of Wander Woman KS, agreed to share her award-winning Pheasant Burger recipe with us. She even mixes in a little back story about her foray into the world of pheasant hunting, and her experience meeting wonderful women, hunting guides and bird dogs along the way. – Jackie Richardson
Growing up as an avid turkey hunter, I had little knowledge of other types of hunting – especially upland hunting. So, when a friend offered to take me out on my first pheasant hunt, I jumped at the opportunity to go. We drove out to Harveyville, Kansas, to a nearby game reserve early on a Saturday morning.
Brought with us were 3 hunting dogs, my guide and my excitement. I was so used to sitting in 1 spot for hours calling-in turkeys, maybe only moving to a different spot during the day if I wasn’t having any luck. Pheasant hunting is a constant movement between the hunter and dogs, who sniff their way around the grounds trying to pick up the scent of a bird. Watching as the 3 dogs work together is just a part of the experience of upland hunting. Just as soon as we got started, all 3 dogs went on point. I held up my Remington 870 shotgun and gave the nod for the dogs to flush the bird. That was how I harvested my very first pheasant.
As I continue to grow Wander Woman Kansas, I am fortunate that other hunting opportunities are available to me. There are so many organizations that have a passion to provide hunting events to women in Kansas and Missouri. Recently I spotted an upcoming hunt for women only, and knew I had to join-in on the fun. I helped promote the event and encouraged other women I knew to head out to Mayview, Missouri. In a group of 6 women, we hiked out to the field with our hunting guides and our now-favorite guide dogs. With this group I finally harvested my first rooster.
Although I enjoy being outside in nature, building these moments in my life, the biggest reason I continue to hunt is for the meat to add to my freezer for the year. I knew I wanted to try pheasant in different recipes, but had to think of how best to prepare it. I found online different blogs for ground turkey and chicken recipes, and thought to myself — why can’t I just substitute the turkey or chicken with the pheasant meat I brought home? Well, turns out was I right! Pheasant is just as good, if not better, than chicken or turkey.
During the summer I love to be outside, especially to grill. That was when I thought of a great recipe to use up some of my pheasant: grilled feta and spinach pheasant burgers. These burgers have great flavor, are super simple to put together and everyone enjoys them. I like them so much that when I saw a recipe contest from the National Wild Turkey Federation, I did not hesitate to submit my new, favorite recipe to them.
Optional Toppings: Red onion, lettuce, cucumber, mayonnaise, brioche buns
A few weeks later, after submitting my burger recipe to the National Wild Turkey Federation Recipe Contest, I received an email that out of the entries I had been narrowed down to the top 5! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, a couple weeks later I was told that I had placed 1st out of that selection! Be sure to check out the video on the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Facebook page, as well as the other submissions.