This is the best duck burgers recipe! They are easy to make with just 5 ingredients including ground duck, maple syrup and soy sauce. You will love that these burgers are ready in only 10 minutes. Perfect for summer cookouts or barbecues!
Why you will love this recipe:
- These ground duck burgers taste amazing. A little sweet and a little smokey, you will love the flavour.
- They're so unique! You've had beef burgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, and even chicken burgers but duck burgers are a juicy step above the rest and a delicious substitute for a typical ground beef patty.
- You only need 5 ingredients to make these burgers. No complex sauce recipes or spice blends here. They're an easy option for all your summer cookouts.
- They are so quick and easy to make and are ready in just 10 minutes.
- These homemade burgers are simple enough to make on weeknights, but good enough to serve to guests. You are sure to impress all your family and friends when you serve these duck meat burgers.
- You can easily make them gluten free and paleo.
- No breadcrumbs and no eggs needed! These patties hold together without any binders.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Ground duck breast — Duck is one of my favorite proteins, but it's hard to have on a budget. Enter ground duck burgers! They give you that luscious, gamey duck flavour without the fine dining price. I made these burgers with ground duck breast to make them super simple and easy to make.
- Maple Syrup — maple syrup is one of my favourite natural sweeteners. It gives a special sweet but smokey flavor to the duck.
- Soy Sauce — I love the smokey, savory flavor soy sauce brings to any burger patty. You can always swap for coconut aminos or your favorite burger marinade too.
- Salt and pepper - simple seasonings are all you need to make these juicy burgers.
How to make this recipe:
First, place all the ingredients, except the coconut oil, in a bowl and stir them together to combine.
Next, form the ground duck mixture into 4 evenly sized patties, making a thumb print in the middle of each patty.
Then place a large frying pan or skillet on the stove on medium-high heat and allow the coconut oil to melt. Once the oil is melted, add the patties to the pan and cook the burgers for 3-5 minutes per side, until cooked through and no longer pink inside. Now serve and enjoy!
Tips and variations:
- To make these burgers gluten-free or paleo, use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
- If your patties aren't sticking together, place them in the fridge for 20-30 minutes before cooking them.
- I don't recommend cooking these burgers on the bbq. The patties won't stick together well.
- Keep your toppings simple. These duck burgers are so tender and full of flavour on their own, you only need a few garnishes for the perfect burger.
What to serve with these burgers:
- My favourite Asian Coleslaw
- Sweet potato fries
- Healthy Potato Salad
- Delicious Broccoli Salad
- French fries
- Waffle fries
- Potato wedges
How to store:
These burgers store well in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
Frequently asked questions:
When you're working with ground beef, you have a range of temps to choose from. With duck, you want the internal temperature to be 165 degrees F. However, if you prefer your duck medium to medium rare, cook it to 135-140 degrees F.
I keep it simple with a little mayo, lettuce, and onions. You can always add cheese, bacon, pickles, more veggies, or a special homemade sauce to perfectly complement your flavors.
Keep your ground duck breast in the fridge until it's time to make the patties. The cold helps everything stay together while you cook them. If you want to form your burgers in advance, pop them back in the fridge until it's time to grill.
Duck has a rich, deep flavour that takes on the seasonings or spices that you add to it. This duck burger recipe is a little sweet and a little smokey from the maple syrup and soy sauce.
You can either grind your own duck meat or buy pre-ground duck meat. To grind your own duck meat it’s easiest if you use a meat grinder. Duck breasts are the easiest type of duck meat to grind.
Other recipes you will love:
- Turkey Burgers
- The best beef burgers
- Easy pork burgers
- Lavender Mint Lemonade
- Paleo Blueberry Raspberry Cobbler
- Berry Ice Cream Bars
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- 1 lb ground duck breast
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce (sub with coconut aminos for gluten free/ paleo)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil (or other cooking oil of choice)
- Place all the ingredients, except the coconut oil, in a bowl and stir them together to combine.
- Form the duck mixture into 4 even sized patties, making a thumb print in the middle of each patty.
- Place a frying pan on the stove on medium-high heat and allow the coconut oil to melt. Once the oil is melted, cook the burgers for 3-5 minutes per side, until cooked through.
- To make these burgers gluten free or paleo use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
- These burgers store well in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.