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Duck Burgers with Blue Cheese and Baby Spinach

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Duck! Duck Burgers with Blue Cheese are a great way to fancy up your burger.


  • 2 pounds ground duck
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Crumbled blue cheese
  • 6 Hamburger buns
  • Baby spinach
  • Honey mustard


  1. Shape the burgers: In a large bowl, divide the ground duck into 6 equal sized portions, each weighing about 5 ounces. Form each portion into a patty, roughly 1/2 inch thick by 4 inches wide. Make sure the edges are well formed to hold the burger together on the grill. (This is where the burger press comes in handy.) Repeat until you have 6 burgers. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the burgers.
  2. Set the grill to direct medium: Set up the grill for direct medium heat, with a zone with no heat. On my Weber summit, I turn all the burners to high and preheat the grill for 15 minutes. Then I turn four of the burners down to medium and two burners off, and brush the grill grate clean with my grill brush.
  3. Cook the burgers: Set the burgers on the grill grate over direct medium heat. (On a gas grill, I cook with the lid closed as much as possible while grilling.) Grill the burgers until they are well browned on the bottom, about four minutes. Flip the burgers and grill until the burgers are cooked through and browned on the bottom, about four more minutes. Some flare-ups will happen as the fat drips in the fire; that's normal with burgers. But, if there is a persistent fire, move the burger that’s flaring up to the no heat side of the grill grate for a few seconds to let the flames die down. During the last two minutes of grilling, top each burger with a small handful of blue cheese, and close the lid to melt the cheese.
  4. Serve: Build the burgers, with spinach on the bottom bun, the burger on the spinach, and a squirt of honey mustard on the top bun. (OK, and add ketchup, if you must). Serve.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American