Crispy Duck Patties Over Asian Cabbage

Crispy Duck Patties Over Asian Cabbage

Savory and Sweet. These Crispy Duck Patties have a touch of crunch that surrounds their meaty interior. The tangy Asian Cabbage is the perfect complement to the rich duck meat, and the orange dipping sauce adds just the right amount of sweetness.

Overhead photo of two duck burgers on a plate with orange sauce, sesame seeds, and scallions.

This crispy duck burgers recipe is satisfying and delicious in oh so many ways!

While it may seem fiddly and difficult to make, the extra effort is well worth the time you’ll invest and it will also win you rave reviews and a round of applause.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making duck burgers over Asian cabbage is available at the end of this post. 

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Closeup photo of a crispy duck patty on a plate with orange dipping sauce, scallions, and sesame seeds.

The ingredient list for making crispy duck burgers over Asian Cabbage;

  • Duck Breast
  • Ground Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Nappa Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Shallots
  • Sesame Seed Oil
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Grated Ginger
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Scallions
  • Orange Marmalade

Why this crispy duck patty recipe works;

When my husband and I were dating (oh so many years ago), we had a favorite upscale Chinese restaurant we used to go to called Don Moy.

Sadly, Don Moy is no longer in business, but my husband and I still talk about their pressed duck to this day, and how we both loved it so much!

The ground duck burger recipe that I’m sharing with you today is my attempt at recreating Don Moy’s iconic pressed duck.

Although it doesn’t quite hit the mark with what we both remember from the original, these crispy duck patties over Asian cabbage are still quite exceptional and they managed to get the full two thumbs up a sign of approval from my husband.

If effort counts for anything (and we all know that it does), then this dish hits the target smack dab in the center!

Colorful horizontal photo of two duck burgers on a plate with Asian cabbage with carrots and scallions.

How to make crispy duck patties;

  • Remove most of the skin from partially frozen duck breasts and cut them into cubes.
  • Place them in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is completely ground.
  • *Note – due to the richness of the duck meat, the ground meat mixture will seem a bit pasty. Not to worry. This is normal.
How to make Crispy Duck Burgers
  • Once ground, pat the ground duck mixture into two containers. I did this to keep my duck patties equally proportionate and to alleviate some of the sticking, but this set is optional.
  • *NOTE – to hand-form patties, keep hands wet with water to control some of the sticking.
  • Season each liberally with salt, pepper, ground ginger, garlic powder and a heavy coating of cornstarch.
How to make Crispy Duck Patties
  • Heat a heavy cast-iron skillet and add a bit of grapeseed oil.
  • Fry the duck, cornstarch side down, and season the other side of the duck patty with additional ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, and a heavy coating of cornstarch.
  • Brown each side of the duck patty to golden.
  • Once golden, turn the heat to medium and cover the skillet (partially to allow some of the steam to escape) and continue cooking the duck patties until they are no longer pink in the center.
  • The proper temperature for cooked duck is 135-degrees Fahrenheit.
How to make crispy ground duck burgers
  • Meanwhile, shred the Nappa cabbage and carrots.
  • Add them into a skillet with a touch of grapeseed oil, salt, and pepper, and saute until wilted.  
How to make Asian Cabbage
  • Stir in sliced shallots, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and freshly grated ginger.
  • Cook until heated through.
  • To make the dipping sauce combine orange marmalade, teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and ground ginger.
  • Stir until combined, and serve alongside the duck patties for dipping.
  • Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, and chopped scallions if desired.
  • Serve the duck patties over the Asian cabbage and along with the dipping sauce.
How to make Nappa cabbage slaw

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Below is the printable recipe card and instructions for making for today’s crispy duck patties over Asian cabbage

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. 

5 from 3 votes
A plate of crispy duck patties with Asian cabbage and orange dipping sauce.
Crispy Duck Patties Over Asian Cabbage
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Delicious and savory. These Crispy Duck Patties have a bit of crunch that surrounds the rich and meaty interior. The Asian Cabbage is the perfect compliment to the rich duck meat.
Course: Main Course – Poultry
Cuisine: Asian Cuisine
Keyword: Asian cabbage, crispy duck patties, crispy presssed duck patties, pressed duck
Servings: 4
Calories: 664 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
For the duck patties
  • 2 pounds duck breast partially frozen, boneless, with most of the skin removed.
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger divided
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder divided
  • 1 cup corn starch divided
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
For the cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 head Nappa cabbage shredded
  • 1 medium carrot shredded
  • 2 medium shallots sliced
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
For the sauce
  • ½ cup orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • small pinch sesame oil
  • toasted sesame seeds optional
  • chopped scallions for garnish optional
Tools and equipment
  • Cutting board for poultry and chefs knife
  • Food Processor
  • 1 cast iron skillet with lid or aluminum foil
  • 1 large skillet
  • cutting board for veggies
  • 2 containers for the ground meat mixture, about 2 cups each
  • medium bowl for mixing sauce
  • whisk
  • spatula for turning the patties
To make the patties
  1. Cut the duck breast into chunks.
  2. Pulse the duck meat in a food processor until completely ground. *Note – the mixture will be thick and pasty due to the high fat content of the meat. This is normal.
  3. Divide the meat in half and press into the containers for easier handling because the meat is sticky. Season each with half of the salt, pepper. ginger, and garlic powder.

  4. Top each with the cornstarch.

  5. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Carefully scoop the duck patties out of their containers and into the skillet with the grapeseed oil (cornstarch side down) and cook until golden and crisp.

  7. Season the top side of the patties with the remaining salt, pepper, ginger, garlic powder, and remaining cornstarch.

  8. Flip the patties and cook the second side until crisp and golden.
  9. Reduce the heat to low, cover and continue cooking the patties until no longer pink in the center.
To make the cabbage
  1. While the patties are cooking, add the grape seed oil to a second skillet and saute the cabbage and carrots until wilted, over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the shallots, salt, pepper, rice wine vinegar, grated ginger, teriyaki sauce and sesame oil.
  3. Cook until heated through (approximately 5-7 minutes).
To make the sauce
  1. Whisk together the marmalade, teriyaki sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil.
  2. Add the sauce to a bowl.
To serve
  1. Spoon the Asian cabbage on a plate and place the duck patties on top.
  2. Serve with the orange dipping sauce and sprinkle the plate with sesame seeds, and chopped scallions if desired.
Recipe Notes

If you can find pre-ground duck, by all means, go for it and start the recipe from where you divide it into containers.

The dividing the ground duck meat into containers is optional. I did it to keep my duck patties equally proportionate, and to alleviate some of the sticking.

Because the ground duck can be so sticky, be sure to keep your hands wet to avoid too much sticking.

It is important to have the cornstarch layer on the outside of the duck patties. The cornstarch coating is what helps them become crispy. Make sure to add a liberal amount of cornstarch to both sides of the patties.


The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Duck Patties Over Asian Cabbage
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 664 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 175mg58%
Sodium 1909mg83%
Potassium 1277mg36%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 3408IU68%
Vitamin C 79mg96%
Calcium 205mg21%
Iron 12mg67%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Here are a few other Asian inspired recipes I’ve shared over the years that I think you’ll also enjoy:


Pork Meatballs with Asian Flavors


Chicken Salad with Sesame Seeds


Ginger and Cilantro Chili Shrimp


Pad Thai Kudos Kitchen Style

And, naturally, I have to coordinate this ground duck burger recipe with a selection of Asian inspired items I’ve had the pleasure of painting over the years. First up, any sushi lovers out there?

Hand Painted Sushi Wine Glass

Next, what about these fun Asian inspired tea towels that were a special request from a customer:

Hand Painted Noodle Bowl Tea Towels

And last, but certainly not least, what about this fun apron that a food blogger friend of mine asked me to paint for her. She’s even worn it on several television appearances she’s made. How cool is that?

Hand Painted Food Blogger Logo Apron
Food Blogger Logo Apron on TV

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for crispy duck patties over Asian cabbage as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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  1. Dear Renee, I remember we had a great Chinese restaurant near us growing up too, but now it seems that you can’t find restaurants like that anymore, only takeout joints. I love recreating meals at home though. This certainly looks and sounds like a winner. I know my family and I would love it! xo, Catherine

  2. This looks amazing!!! I love that you made them crispy. Great flavors!

  3. What a treat! These sound so delicious!

  4. My dad used to bring home Chinese food from this awesome restaurant that is also no longer around 🙁 However, you have created something really amazing here!

  5. I think if I could live on duck breast I would. It’s one of my favorite foods on the planet, and these duck patties look like a great way to put it to use!

  6. This is truly sensational! Wow! I haven’t had duck in so many years and I remember how good it can be… I’d love to try your recipe. The photos are gorgeous. Yum! Also, your apron on TV — thumbs up! You are such a gifted artist!

  7. I’m always interested in different Asian dishes to try. I think that I’ve never seen duck patties before and now I’m super curious to try them!! Love the Asian cabbage idea with it!!!

  8. I’m a huge duck fan and that dipping sauce sounds like a great match

  9. I love these flavors! This looks delicious!

  10. We love duck in our house! I love putting an Asian spin on it.

  11. This looks wonderful! Great recipe!

  12. This sounds like a wonderful meal! How fun that you were able to (re)create a great dish for you & your husband!

  13. I love fancy dinners like this and SO into this combination of flavors! Beautiful dish!

  14. I’ve never cooked duck before but oh I bet that these ground duck burgers would be amazing for dinner one night! We go on dates to a local Chinese place too haha I’ll have to see if they have anything like this one the menu and then we’ll have to try this recipe out!

  15. I have to be honest I’ve never tried duck, hubby loves it but I’m a bit not sure. I’ve heard it’s delicious and this recipe looks fantastic!

  16. Such a chic dinner recipe Renee! I love the texture that a bit of crispness provides 🙂 I also have to tell you, the apron you made is stunning! I think I know what needs to go on my holiday list 🙂

  17. I love all the flavors here… and you’re right… you totally make it seem doable! And now I want to 🙂

  18. I never thought to grind up duck, but these patties look incredible.

  19. So I’m confused…you put the meat in 2 containers….when do u make the patties and do you top each pattie with the spices or mix them into the duck meat?

    • Hi, Robin!
      Thanks so much for your comment. I’m sorry I left you confused and after I revisited the recipe, I can see why.
      I’ve gone ahead and updated the post and the recipe card with better instructions.
      I’m not sure what my brain was thinking when I published it that way and I apologize for the weirdly written post.
      I very much appreciate your contacting me so I could make the needed adjustments.
      I hope the rewritten instructions are more clear and you can better understand my intent.
      Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I’m here to help.
      Thanks again for contacting me. I appreciate it.
      Take care,

  20. 5 stars
    This was my first time trying ground duck. Terrific!

  21. 5 stars
    I love finding new recipes and this one was very new to me and delicious!

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