Rosemary Focaccia Duck Burger

Source: Recipe and photo courtesy of Maple Leaf Farms
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Main Ingredient: Game
Menu Part: Entree
Cuisine Type: American
Serves: 4

Although burgers qualify as their own fast-growing category, they are often listed in the sandwich section on menus. Chef Hanau puts a unique spin on a typical burger by using duck meat—a product that comes in convenient ground form—in place of beef. Instead of an ordinary bun, he uses focaccia for the carrier. A zesty slaw and rosemary-flavored butter pump up the flavor even more.

Ingredients

Duckling Burger:
2 lb. all-natural ground duck meat
3 tbsp. bread crumbs
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. finely chopped onions
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. sea salt

Rosemary Sour Cream Butter:
4 oz. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 tsp. finely chopped rosemary
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash hot sauce
3 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

Red Cider Slaw:
1 1/2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
2 tsp. minced parsley
1 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
1/3 cup coarsely grated seedless cucumber, squeezed dry
2 tbsp. coarsely grated carrots
2 tbsp. minced red bell pepper

6 rosemary focaccia buns (5 to 6-in. diameter)

Steps

1.       Combine burger ingredients.  Divide into 8 oz. portions; shape into 4-in. diameter patties about  1/2-in. thick.  Refrigerate covered for a minimum of 1 hr.

2.       Place all rosemary butter ingredients except parsley into food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Remove from processor; blend in parsley.  Reserve one-half of butter mixture for brushing burgers and the other half for buttering focaccia.

3.       Prepare slaw: In large bowl, combine first six ingredients.  Before service, blend in cabbage, cucumber, carrots and bell pepper.

4.       For service: Preheat grill.  Place patties on hot grill.  Cook, turning when bottom side is marked; brush with butter-mixture.  Continue to turn and brush with butter mixture about 5 to 7 min. or until desired doneness has been reached.

5.       Cut focaccia in half; toast.  Brush top and inside with butter mixture.  Place duck burger on bottom half of bread; top with Red Cider Slaw or serve slaw on the side.  Add top half of bread.