Foie-Gras ‘Burger’ with Candied Kumquats & Frisee with Pistachio Vinaigrette


A foie-gras burger!? What was i thinking? I feel the urge to apologize but really… it was the duck’s fault! A lonely slice of fresh duck foie gras was leftover from a dinner party and i had a little too much time on my hands and i was hungry.. and… and it just happened for chrissake!

This post is more a tutorial on how to eat this little sucker than a recipe, it’s so simple anyway. Let’s start the festivities with a buttery and slightly sweet baby brioche toasted in clarified butter on the cut side, that’s our burger bun. A slice of foie gras is criss-crossed and seasoned with salt and a couple of grinds of black pepper and seared on both sides in a hot pan until it forms a crust. When the fire alarm goes off, it’s generally overcooked.

Our ‘burger’ is then ready to go onto the bun with a sprinkle of sel de guerande. I like cheese on my burgers but in this case the ‘cheese’ is some tangy and sweet candied kumquats to cut through the richness of the foie-gras. Everybody say: mmmmmm!

I know you’re about to ask for some ketchup to go with your burger, don’t you always do? Pomegranate molasses does the trick here, just a touch of this delicious middle eastern specialty with a tart-sweet flavor will bring any foie-gras dish to new heights. How high you asked?.. err.. shit, i’m not good at this..err.. (x+17)2=x2+2x+42.. umm.. Very high!

Did you eat your green vegetable today? I went for a frisee salad on the side but since we’re going over the top i dressed it up with a rich pistachio vinaigrette – a puree of pistachios with a touch of lemon and sherry vinegar and emulsified with pistachio oil and some whole pi-stachio nuts too just because it starts like pi-ckle. I didn’t use any notorious P.I.G on this one but the idea of grilling a thin piece of pancetta to turn this into a bacon-cheeseburger did cross my mind…

Close the lid and take a big bite. Chew. Feel your knees go weak. Close your eyes. Enjoy a moment of bliss. Repeat.
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  • Jerem

    Good thing were in a recession aye? Wow pancetta, that’s gilding the Lilly!

  • Bella Baita View

    We are yet again reminded why they keep you around. Aside from your talent and inventive cuisine, you’re always quite humorous.

  • doggybloggy

    pretty good lookin’ burger there big fella’…I think my own liver swelled at the idea!

  • Clumbsy Cookie

    Saying: Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  • 5 Star Foodie

    What a neat idea! I love the pistachio vinaigrette here.

  • SteamyKitchen

    I LOVE YOU. Seriously. Foie-Gras Burger??? OMG.

  • T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types

    You’re insane. It’s a good kind of insanity, though.

  • Colloquial Cook

    Candied kumquats and foie-gras? Has the Nobel team contacted you yet?
    Ahah, on peut pas te laisser seul dans la cuisine cinq minutes sans que tu fasses un chef d’oeuvre, c’est fatiguant à la fin!

  • Scott at Real Epicurean

    An absolutely insane dish. Not sure if I like the sound of it or not, but well done on putting in so much effort!

  • Eboni

    It sounds and looks absolutely delicious. But, I would have to share with someone because it appears to be somewhat indulgent too, lol. Even the bun looks perfect.

  • Marc @ NoRecipes

    Ooooooooooo… We still have a bunch of foie gras left from v-day. Will have to try this one out.

  • My Sweet & Saucy

    These posts are making me go crazy…I just want to eat everything you photograph!

  • Ginny

    yum! yum! looking great! can I come sit in your kitchen and be the official tastetester?

  • Elra

    Mmmmmmmhhhh, pure bliss! Wait, I thought this one is banned too, no?
    I love frisee, but definitely tempted to use that pistachios vinaigrette. Delicious Chef!

  • Manger La Ville

    The candied kumquats cut the richness of the foie gras. And pistachio vinaigrette…I can’t wait to make this at home.

  • Fury

    Are you even human?cuz your cooking seems out of this world.:P.
    Seriously,I get this urge to eat and eat and eat and so ad infinitum ..just by visiting your blog.

  • Parker

    Beautfully put together.

  • jesse

    Mmmm! I’s want more than just one ‘burger’ in this case I think!

  • chuck

    Wow, that has to be the best burger ever made! I was shocked to see it was Foie-Gras. Very creative!

  • Mike of Mike’s Table

    Holy crap! I’ll take one please! That looks awesome

  • we are never full

    this is officially in the running for my “death row meal”… so just know that if i am ever on death row, you’ll be called up to make this for me.

  • Selba

    Yummm….. must be delicious!

  • Heather

    I regret to inform you that I must cuss as a result of this post (cover your ears, sensitive ones): Holy Fucking Shit. Fucking fuck shit. Fuck!

    I’ll board a plane and steal you from that girlfriend of yours. I’ll do it.

  • Sara

    Wow, this looks amazing! I’ve had foie gras with kumquat before, it’s a great flavor combination.

  • TavoLini

    I heard from a little bird (though NOT a duck or goose, depending on where your foie gras came from…) that your birthday is today!

    Happy Birthday Zen Chef!!!

  • Big Boys Oven

    YES OMG! OMG…… my favourite foie-gras

  • Cindy. Lo.

    Foie Gras burger!!!
    Wow never thought about that,
    And once again,
    Zen man you made me very hungry here..

  • Elinluv

    You are not only adventurous when it comes to food but humorous too. You always put a smile on my face each time I read your post :)))

  • Tartelette

    I want this on our first date :)

  • Susan from Food Blogga

    So how long to I have to keeping saying, “mmmmmm”? 😉

  • The Delicious

    I think you should be locked up for putting this idea in so many people’s heads. Did you like it? I hope you did.

  • Angela M.

    Wow. Talk about indulgent. I’ve been ignoring the recession too, food-wise. Live in Chicago most of the year, and I’m thrilled foie gras is legal again.

  • chicopea

    Hi Zen! Love the santa hat from CO. you’ve been busy toooo!

    Yummy I can smell the burger!

  • Olga

    Yet another fancy shmancy meal :)
    Pistachio vinaigrette sounds very intriguing!

    I don’t think I’ve ever had foie-gras in my entire life!

  • Emily

    Damn you. This looks delicious. You’re such a fancy pants chef.

    I want this burger! I bet it tasted amazing.

  • Manggy

    Zenman, your equation gives us a value of x equals the square root of negative 8! Aiaiai! Hee hee :) You totally owe me one of these when I see you next (kidding! I know it’s surplus). Even table scraps turn to gold in your kitchen!

  • Jen

    ohmygosh…that looks amazing!! now if only i had a certain salmon recipe…all would be well…and no one would have to be hurt…

  • Cynthia

    Hey Baby! I just wanted to say that :)

  • glamah16

    Such decadent leftovers. Brilliant.

  • peter

    Putain que c’est décadent…
    And I know you work hard, but MAN are you lucky.

  • AzAzura

    Have i ever seen anything as creative as this? you’re a genius, marry me please.

  • Diane

    I wonder what Great Auntie would tink if I did this with her homemade foie-gras? Although, on second thought, considering she thinks all sandwiches are evil, I better not XD

  • Nicole

    Can I blame you for this bump on my head? I just fainted dead to the floor. I cannot even imagine the taste and flavor here. I guess I will have to take advantage of the good airfares these days and pop on over to your pad to see what I am missing.

  • Melita

    mmmmmmm I can’t wait to try this recipe!