Crispy Ground Duck Burgers

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 compliment to the rich duck meat, and the orange dipping sauce adds just the right amount of sweet.

Crispy Duck Patties Over Asian Slaw

When my husband and I were dating (oh so many years ago), we had a favorite up-scale Chinese restaurant that we used to go to called Don Moy’s. Sadly, Don Moy’s is no longer in business, but my husband and I still talk about their pressed duck and how we both loved it so much!

Ground Duck Burger Recipe with Asian Cabbage

The ground duck burger recipe that I’m sharing with you today is my feeble attempt to recreate Don Moy’s iconic pressed duck. Although it doesn’t quite hit the mark with what we both remember, my Crispy Duck Patties over Asian Cabbage is still quite exceptional and managed to get the full two thumbs up 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!

Crispy Duck Burgers with Asian Slaw

Making crispy ground duck burgers is easier than you might think to make. Follow the easy step-by-step photos and I’ll show you how:

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. Season each liberally with salt, pepper, ground ginger, garlic powder and a heavy coating of corn starch.

How to make Crispy Duck Patties

Heat a heavy cast iron skillet and add a bit of grape seed oil. Fry the duck, corn starch side down, and season the other side of the duck patty with additional ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, and a heavy coating of corn starch. Brown each side of the duck patty to golden. Once golden, turn the heat to medium and cover the skillet to cook the duck patties until no longer pink.

How to make crispy ground duck burgers

Meanwhile shred the Nappa cabbage and carrots. Add them into a skillet with a touch of grape seed oil, salt and pepper, and saute until wilted.  

How to make Asian Cabbage

Stir in sliced shallots, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and fresh 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, and serve.

How to make Nappa cabbage slaw

Crispy Duck Patties Over Asian Cabbage
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.
For the duck patties
  • 2 pounds partially frozen boneless duck breast 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 grape seed oil
For the cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed 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.
  4. Season each with half of the salt, pepper, ground ginger, garlic powder and a liberal amount of corn starch.
  5. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Turn the duck patties out into the skillet with the grape seed oil (corn starch 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 a liberal amount of corn starch.
  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.
If you can find pre-ground duck, by all means, go for it and start the recipe from where you divide it into containers.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 394 Fat: 15g Saturated fat: 2g Unsaturated fat: 13g Carbohydrates: 64g Sugar: 27g Sodium: 1803mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 2g
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Ground Duck Patties with orange dipping sauce

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 shushi 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

All of my hand painted glassware items are completely dishwasher safe as well as being non-toxic. Each glass comes in its own gift box and personalization is always free. The fabrics I paint on are machine washable and tumble dryable (no fabric softener please). The bright vivid colors are heat set for durability! My aprons are a 65/35 cotton poly blend, have adjustable neck straps, extra long ties, and two large front pockets. The flour sack towels are 100% cotton and are a generous 24″ square.

Custom orders are always welcomed, and always encouraged. I will happily paint and design from any photo, idea, or description you send my way. Please contact me:  for your specific price quote, or feel free to visit my shops: Etsy, Wazala, or at Kudos Kitchen Paints.Together we give the gifts that people remember!

Kudos Kitchen by Renée ~ Where food, art, and fun collide each and every day!

Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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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.