Last year, Arby’s released a limited-time Venison Sandwich — they just didn’t realize how “limited” it would be. The sandwich sold out in just a few hours. Only a few “hunting-centric” states received the speciality item, but after strong support and requests to bring it back, Arby’s will take the burger national this time.

Beginning October 21 (and possibly ending), the Venison Sandwich will be added to all Arby’s menus nationwide.

“If people are interest in trying the sandwich, the only way to guarantee they can get one is to get there when we open or a little before and make sure they are in line, just like the folks last year,” said Arby’s Chief Marketing Officer Jim Taylor.

The venison (aka. deer meat) burger is fairly simple sandwich. It features a thick-cut venison steak, crispy onions and a berry sauce served on a toasted bun, according to the company.

Arby’s is the first fast food-chain to offer venison at a national level. Taylor believes this is the “biggest venison promotion in the world any restaurant” has ever done.

Sourcing enough meat from the U.S. was not feasible so Arby’s deer meat is imported from New Zealand, where it is grass-fed and free-range. Taylor told WHAS that it took a year to get enough meat to run the promotion, which may only last one day if last year was any indicator. So interested customers should head to Arby’s restaurants early.


If venison steaks weren’t enough, Arby’s is also launching the Elk Sandwich on October 21 in limited locations, as well — one in each Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The sandwich features an elk steak, crispy onions and a blackberry port steak sauce.

If you live in those states — or are down for a road trip, here is where you can find the Elk Sandwich:

  • 200 East 144th Ave., Thornton, Colorado 80023
  • 2607 CY Ave., Casper, Wyoming 82604
  • 2834 King Ave., W. Billings, Montana 59102





Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.