“Funky Duck” Patty Melt

Cooked this one with my top sous chef again! This time, the meal was his idea, and what he came up with was pretty impressive for both its creativity, ambition, and pretty extreme adventurousness. The key ingredients that he wanted to cook with were duck giblets! So we took the gizzards and livers, diced them up, and formed them into a burger patty, and we used that to make patty melts!

We then turned our attention to the hearts, which we sliced and fried to serve over arugula as a side salad. This meal is truly a perk of buying a Whole Duck…not only do you get all the fun Duck Recipes with the “normal cuts,” but you also get some more unique ones!

Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients (per Burger Patty):

  • 1 Duck Liver
  • 1 Duck Gizzard
  • 1/4 Onion
  • Arugula
  • 2 Slices of Bread
  • Sliced Cheese of your choosing. We used Cheddar.
  • Mayonnaise
  • Butter


  • Dice and sautee your onion, and when it’s browned, pour it into a bowl, and set aside.
  • As your onions cooks, dice your liver and gizzard finely. The smaller the pieces, the better.
  • When your onion is done, add your diced liver and gizzard to the bowl, and sprinkle in some bread crumbs along with a little salt and a little black pepper.
  • Mix with your hands to fully incorporate the bread crumbs. You want your mixture to be formable into patties, so add more bread crumbs as needed.
  • Heat some oil in a flat bottomed pan, and when it’s hot, form your patties, and place them in the pan.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, and then flip, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • As your patties cook, turn your attention to your bread. Take two slices, and butter one side of each. Place the buttered side of one slice down onto another pan, and add your arugula and mayonnaise.
  • When your patties are nicely browned and fully cooked, place them onto your toppings and bottom slice of bread.
  • Place your slice of cheese on top of your patty, and then put your other layer of bread on top with the buttered side facing up this time.
  • Turn up the heat, and cook for about 5 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook for another 3 or so minutes. The goal here is to get your bread to be golden brown.
  • When your cheese is melted, and your bread is ready, you’re done!
  • Plate, devour, and enjoy!

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