How to Cook a Duck on the Grill

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How to Cook a Duck on the Grill

Are you looking for a recipe about how to cook a duck on a grill? Well! You do not have to worry about that as you can easily cook a duck in your kitchen at home. However, lighting out the grill in your backyard might be a good option if you want to do so.

When you cook a duck with all the right guidance, it is just as simple as cooking up steak or chicken on the grill. You may find a lot of recipes on the internet that can fit according to everyone’s comfort level.

In this blog, we are going to share some easy recipes for cooking a duck on the grill.

How can you cook a duck on the grill?

Here is a simple recipe for you along with all the ingredients and instructions that are required to grill a duck.


  • Half tbsp hot sauce
  • 1/ 4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/ 4 tbsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 whole duck (5 to 6 lbs)
  • 2 tbsp garlic (minced)


  1. Take a small bowl and put Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, black pepper, olive oil, and garlic into it. Stir them together to make a fine mixture.
  2. Now add your duck into it and toss thoroughly to get a good coat. Then cover and marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. If you have enough time you can leave it overnight.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Place the duck on the grill and let it cook to your desired doneness.
  5. It is better to cook it 5 minutes per side on a medium-well flame as it depends on the size of your duck and the temperature of the grill.
  6. Your duck is ready, you can serve it with different sauces and salads.

Grilled Duck Breasts 

Here is the recipe for grilled duck breasts for you.


  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Fresh black pepper
  • Your desired vegetables (may include tomatoes, peppers, onions, and zucchini)
  • 4 large duck breasts (you can also take breasts of small goose)
  • Salt


  1. Take out the duck breasts from the refrigerator and season them well with salt. Allow them to sit on the counter for half an hour to bring them to room temperature. If you are going to cook domestic duck or goose breast, take them from the refrigerator just 15 minutes before you have to cook them.
  2. Get your grill ready for grilling the duck breasts. Set up one side of the grill hot and the other one cooler. But first, make sure that your grates are thoroughly clean.
  3. When your grill is ready, tap your duck with paper towels and coat them with a little bit of vegetable or olive oil. Then arrange them on the hot side of the grill in such a way that the skin side faces downward.
  4. Keep the cover of the grill open and get a spray bottle of water ready with you. If your breasts are skinless, you do not have flare-ups. But if they are flat you may have to be diligent with the spray bottle to douse the flare-ups.
  5. Moving back to the duck, keep it grilling from the skin side unless the skin gets nice and crispy. It may take about 6 to 8 minutes.
  6. Now flip the duck and grill it from the other side until your duck is nicely browned. It will take almost 2 minutes on the hot grill.
  7. Then move the duck to the cooler side of the grill and poke it with the finger. It is the finger test to check the doneness and how cooked the breasts are. When you have larger duck breasts or goose breasts you may have to finish them with the covered grill on the cooler side for some minutes.
  8. Now your breasts are ready, move them to a plate, and allow them to rest uncovered, skin side up, almost for 5 minutes before slicing them.

Roasted Whole Duck 

Now we will discuss a recipe of roasted whole duck along with you.


  • 1 defrosted duck
  • kosher salt
  • 1 and a half tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • garlic (trimmed)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 celery stalks (cut into 2 halves)
  • 1 orange (cut in quartered)
  • Boiling water


  1. First of all, ensure that the duck is completely defrosted. Then take a large pot full of water and put it on the stove. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Along with it, preheat your oven at 425 degrees F.
  2. Take the duck and remove the giblets and neck from the inside. You can save them for making stock. Also, remove the excess fat from your duck. And then rinse it completely under cool running water.
  3. After that, pat dries it. Take a sharp fork and prick the skin but consciously as you do not have to pierce the flesh. Now put the duck into the pot of boiling water and boil it for 10 minutes. Then remove it and let it cook. Pat dry your duck.
  4. Mix the salt, paprika, and pepper. Rub the duck thoroughly with this mixture. And place it on the rack in a roasting pan while the breast side is up. Now you have to stuff the orange quarters, head of garlic, and cut celery pieces into the duck’s cavity.
  5. After 15 minutes, lower your oven temperature to 350 degrees F. As 45 minutes passed, flip your duck to the other side and leave it undisturbed for 35 minutes. When the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F remove it from the oven.
  6. Put the duck on a cutting board and remove all the ingredients inside the cavity. Your duck is ready to serve with desired sauces.


Now you know different methods about how to cook a duck on a grill as well as a whole roasted duck. You can experiment with the spices and flavors to find what suits your taste best. With such versatile ingredients, the sky is the limit when it comes to cooking duck!