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Arby's Big Game Burger will be available starting Sept. 12.

Arby’s to launch Big Game Burger made with venison, elk, and beef

The restaurant chain with the slogan ‘We Have the Meats’ is also offering hiking-related merchandise

Arby’s is celebrating football season and its brand positioning as meat experts with the Sept. 12 launch of the Big Game Burger.

The burger is a blend of two types of big game, venison and elk, plus ground beef. That’s cooked in sous-vide in advance and then fried to order, as Arby’s restaurants do not have grills or griddles.

The burger is then topped with fried onions, pickles, Swiss cheese, and a game-meat-friendly cherry steak sauce, and will be priced starting at $8.79.

To promote the burger, Arby’s is releasing a collection of merchandise on Sept. 9 and also offering a hiking adventure on Sept. 12 to what it says is the most remote location of the chain of more than 3.500 locations.

Called a hike-thru, a play on the terms “drive-thru” and “thru-hike,” which is a long-distance hike along a designated trail, guests can follow a three-mile path through the Colorado Rockies with checkpoints that have refreshment stations along the way. At the end of the trail they will receive a free Big Game Burger.

The Atlanta-based chain, a subsidiary of Inspire Brands, said people can learn more about the hike-thru at That site will also offer hiking socks, hats, anorak jackets, and Nalgene water bottles.

Those items also will be available at starting Sept. 9

This isn’t Arby’s first foray into game meats. The chain with the slogan “We have the meats” first offered a venison sandwich in 2016 at 17 locations in communities where deer hunting is popular.

Those sandwiches sold out within minutes, and were followed by a national rollout on Oct. 21, 2017, along with a new elk sandwich at three locations.

The chain also offered a duck sandwich at 16 hunting-friendly locations in October of 2018.

Arby’s is comparatively new to offering burgers, which it first did in May of last year, and won a coveted MenuMasters Award for its efforts.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

Correction: September 07, 2023
This story has been updated to reflect the fact that the microsite is life now.
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