The sun is shining, the coats are put away and the grill is lit, because it’s almost summer and that means grilling season is here!
This past weekend kicked off the unofficial start of Summer with Memorial Day Weekend, which also means the start of grilling season… and swimsuit season!
While I’m not willing to give up a juicy delicious cheeseburger over the summer, I am totally up for slimming it down with turkey instead of beef! That’s why I partnered up with my friends at Jennie-O to create this fresh and healthy burger, perfect for getting your summer grill on while keeping in swimsuit shape!
Being born and raised an Oklahoma girl, there’s not much I love more than a cheeseburger and “queso dip”.
In Oklahoma if you order “queso”, you’re basically ordering a nacho cheese dip. I found out very quickly when I moved to San Diego that California Mexican restaurants consider “queso” something totally different.
Ground chicken is combined with buffalo sauce, spices & vegetables to create perfect buffalo chicken burgers topped with buffalo blue cheese sauce.
It’s been a record-breaking 3 months since I posted a recipe involving one of my favorite ingredients, the almighty buffalo sauce… I would say it’s time for a reappearance!
Here for you today is the ultimate Buffalo Chicken Burger.
Combining all the amazing elements that we think of when daydreaming about the combination of buffalo sauce and chicken, from celery and carrots to blue cheese, this burger encompasses it all (and just in time for football season might I add!)
Get step by step directions & photos for how to make this recipe below, or watch how to make it on my web series “29 Minute Meals”!
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- 1 lb ground chicken (You can purchase already ground chicken in the grocery store or use 2 chicken breasts and grind them in the food processor like I did!)
- 1 celery stalk (finely chopped)
- 1 carrot stick (peeled and shredded)
- 1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
- 1 garlic clove (crushed)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup franks red-hot buffalo sauce
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 6 hamburger buns
- tomatoes (sliced)
- baby spinach
- red bell peppers (diced)
- green onions (diced)
Start by combining the ground chicken, celery, carrots, red onion and garlic in a large mixing bowl.
Next, add the egg, 1/4 cup buffalo sauce, bread crumbs, chili powder and paprika.
Form into 6 patties.
Next, place on the grill over medium heat for 8-10 minutes per side.
While the burgers are on the grill combine the additional 1/4 cup buffalo sauce with 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing.
Toast the buns, then spread the mixture onto each side of the bun.
Remove the burgers from the grill and place onto the bun. Top with the blue cheese crumbles and any desired additional ingredients.
These buffalo chicken burgers are super flavorful and pack a bit of a punch while the blue cheese cools down the spiciness and adds a layer of creaminess.
I served these scrumptious buffalo chicken burgers with Buffalo Potato Salad for the ultimate buffalo sauce filled dinner!
♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute “veggie crumbles” for the ground chicken.
♦ Gluten Free Option: Use Gluten Free Breadcrumbs with gluten-free buns, or go “bun-less” for a low carb option.