Buffalo Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers

The Mr. and I were simultaneously craving burgers and hot wings, and this is what happened. My favorite turkey burger recipe is a great standby - we always have a few in the freezer - but neither of us are a fan of bone-in chicken and so the wing thing wasn't going to happen. So what to do - add blue cheese and hot sauce to the burger! But ONLY Frank's hot sauce - I can't imagine getting that "Buffalo" flavor with any other hot sauce. So I poured it into the turkey mixture and then again over the cooked patties, crumbled on some blue cheese, and voila! Buffalo blue cheese turkey burgers. Obviously I'm not the first person to make this burger - there are tons of them floating around - but this is a riff on my favorite turkey cheeseburger, and I think it's incredible. They were so juicy and tangy and the perfect amount of spicy and cheesy. Mmm. I'd recommend serving these on a nice toasty brioche bun, but I used what I had, which was a deflated little white whole wheat bun. But no matter, because the star of this dinner is definitely the spicy cheesy burger. Serve with celery and carrot sticks with blue cheese dressing on the side - or even sweet potato fries. 

Buffalo Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers 

adapted from Everyday Food 

serves 7 (weird, yes, but that's what happened)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground dark meat turkey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup Frank's Hot Sauce (plus more to pass at the table)
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 7 burger buns
  • romaine lettuce
  • a nice wedge of blue cheese - I didn't measure, but you want a good amount to crumble on the burgers. 
Instructions:
  1. Make the burgers. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another 1 minute. Remove from heat. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, mustard, parsley, hot sauce, and cooked onions. Using your hands, mush everything together until just combined (you don't want to overmix the meat and make it tough). Using a food scale, form the meat into seven (7) patties, 4.3 oz each. Place the patties on a large serving tray or plate. Lightly sprinkle each side of each patty with a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper. 
  3. Get your grill started and nice and hot - we used a charcoal grill. Spray the grill with cooking spray. Lay the patties on the grill. Cover the grill and cook for 4 minutes; after 4 minutes flip the patties over, crumble blue cheese on each patty, cover, and cook for another 4 minutes until burgers are cooked through - they should be 160 degrees in the center. At the last second, put your burger buns on the grill and grill until toasty, just a minute or so.
  4. Build the burgers. Place a burger on the bottom half of each bun. Top the burger with a few drizzles of hot sauce and a few crumbles of blue cheese. Top with romaine lettuce and the top half of the bun. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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