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Traeger Grilled Venison Chops

These tender, delicious Grilled Venison Chops are so easy to make, and my favorite cut of venison! These cook in less than 10 minutes. You’ll probably spend more time preheating your grill than you will cooking these, but it is totally worth it!

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If you love venison, you probably already know the amazingness that are venison chops. Venison chops are actually medallions still attached to the bone from the backstrap (loin) of the deer.

The backstrap is one of the most tender cuts of meat on a deer, and is highly prized among hunters.

Recently, we discovered a source for wild Axis deer out of Hawaii, called Maui Nui Venison. In Hawaii, Axis deer are considered an invasive species, so they have a special license for harvesting these animals for commercial sales. There’s typically a wait list to be able to purchase, but it is worth the wait if you aren’t a hunter or don’t have any hunters in your life.

Want a great sauce for these chops? This Cilantro Chimichurri from Girl Carnivore would be great!

Grilled Venison Chops shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Get our favorite Wild Game Seasoning here!

How to make Axis Venison Chops on the grill

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Preheat your pellet grill to 400°.



Season both sides of the chops well with all of your seasonings.



These only need about 3-4 minutes a side. Don’t overcook! Venison chops are part of the backstrap, and is one of the most tender cut of meat. It shouldn’t be cooked past medium rare.



Let the meat rest before you dig in. Since they are pre-cut, it only takes about 5 minutes or so.

Grilled Venison Chops FAQ

How do you store leftovers?

We put ours in a freezer baggie in the fridge. Don’t keep them longer than 2-3 days.

What’s the best way to reheat leftovers?

Toss those back on the grill to reheat, or in a pan on the stove with some butter.

Are there any substitutions for the Wild Game Seasoning?

Yup! You can skip the rub completely if you want. These don’t really need more than salt & pepper. If you have a favorite brand of game rub, feel free to sub that in! These are very flexible.

Try this Greek Salad on the side!

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Yield: 6 servings

Traeger Grilled Venison Chops

Traeger Grilled Venison Chops

Tender, fresh Axis deer chops are simply seasoned and cooked right on the pellet grill! These were delicious, and I can't wait to make them again.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 6 venison chops
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Wild Game Rub


  1. Preheat your pellet grill to 400°.
  2. Season the chops on both sides with the salt, pepper, and Wild Game rub.
  3. Cook for approximately 3-4 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 125°.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 401mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 26g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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