Buffalo chicken burgers are easy to make with a combination of ground chicken, buffalo sauce, spices and vegetables! Ditch the buns to make them healthy, gluten free, low carb and perfect for those on the keto diet!

Pair the burgers with Buffalo Potato Salad or Spicy Buffalo Macaroni Salad for a complete “Buffalo Style” meal!

Buffalo chicken burger on plate, topped with blue cheese crumbles with knife in the middle of the burger

I’ve been making these burgers since 2012 and I seriously never get tired of them! It’s such a fun spin on a traditional cheeseburger and full of flavor!

This burger encompasses everything you think of when you think buffalo wings. Chicken, carrots, celery sticks, buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing for the win!

You can easily refrigerate or freeze extra burger patties for later. I actually like to double this recipe and make eight buffalo chicken burgers. I grill two immediately, refrigerate two for later in the week and freeze the extra four for later.

If you’re looking to cut down on carbs or go gluten free, serve the burgers wrapped in lettuce. By ditching the bun, you also ditch 22 carbs per serving! All the flavor really is in the burger anyway.

These buffalo chicken burgers are perfect for summer grilling or football season. They’re also great for a quick and easy dinner anytime. Made in just 29 minutes, you can’t go wrong with this simple, tasty burger recipe!

ingredients for buffalo chicken burgers on white wood board


  • Ground chicken – this recipe can also be made with ground turkey to create buffalo turkey burgers.
  • Celery – be sure to finely chop the celery so that it cooks into the burger.
  • Carrots – you’ll also want finely shredded carrots so that they cook into the burger.
  • Onion – I like to use a red onion in this recipe for it’s sharp flavor, but a yellow or white onion will also work.
  • Garlic cloves – I always recommend fresh crushed cloves of garlic, for the best flavor.
  • Egg + breadcrumbs – used as binders to hold the burger patties together.
  • Buffalo sauce – I like to use Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce, but feel free to use your favorite brand of buffalo sauce.
  • Chili powder + paprika – to season the burger patties.
Buffalo chicken burger patties stacked on top of each other on white plate


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, chopped celery, shredded carrots, chopped red onions and a crushed garlic clove. Add an egg, buffalo sauce, breadcrumbs, chili powder and paprika.
    • Quick Tip! If you’re looking to make these burgers low carb, gluten free or keto, I recommend a low carb breadcrumb substitute. These spicy nut crumbs and pork panko are both great options.
  2. Once all of the ingredients are combined, form into four burger patties. If you feel like the mixture is too wet, simply add 1-2 tbsp bread crumbs.
  3. Place each chicken patty on the grill or on a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Grill for 8-10 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature of the burgers reaches 165°F.
  4. Serve the burgers on buns or lettuce wraps. If serving on buns, toast the buns on the grill or in the skillet before serving.
  5. Combine blue cheese dressing and buffalo sauce to create a sauce for the burgers.
    • Quick Tip! Don’t like blue cheese? No worries, use ranch dressing instead!
  6. Top the burgers with the sauce, blue cheese crumbles and your choice of additional toppings. I like to mix it up with slices of tomato, lettuce, spinach, red bell pepper and diced green onions.

Storage and reheating tips

If using fresh ground chicken breast meat, the burgers will stay good in the fridge uncooked for 2-3 days. Once the burgers are cooked, they will stay good in the fridge for 5-6 days.

To reheat the burgers, wrap them in foil and place them in the oven at 400°F for 10-15 minutes. You can also reheat them on the stove in a skillet or in the microwave.

These burgers can also be frozen for up to 6 months. To defrost, place them in the refrigerator for 24 hours. After 24 hours, cook them on the stovetop or grill, as directed in the recipe.

Buffalo chicken burger on bun covered in buffalo sauce sitting on plate

Frequently asked questions

How many carbs are in Buffalo Chicken Burgers?

With traditional breadcrumbs, each burger patty is 14 carbs. Using spicy nut crumbs, each burger patty is 7 carbs and using pork panko, each burger patty is 4 carbs.

What kind of cheese goes best with buffalo chicken?

I love a handful of blue cheese crumbles on top of this buffalo chicken burger. If blue cheese isn’t your thing, pepper jack cheese or cheddar cheese melted on top is also a good call!

What buffalo sauce do you recommend? 

As someone that’s been called “The Queen of Buffalo Sauce”, I’ve tried my fair share of buffalo sauces over the years. I can still say that my go-to buffalo sauce is Frank’s Red Hot.

I may or may not order it by the gallon on Amazon! What can I say, with over 65 recipes with buffalo sauce on the blog, I need to keep my refrigerator stocked!

Buffalo chicken burger on a bun with blue cheese crumbles

More recipes with buffalo sauce

Keep the buffalo style party going with these delicious recipes with buffalo sauce!

  • Buffalo Queso Dip – might I be tempted to pour these over these burgers? Yes, I might!
  • Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins – buffalo chicken burgers paired with these potato skins = a match made in game day heaven!
  • Buffalo Cheddar Biscuits – can you imagine a world where you serve buffalo chicken burgers on buffalo cheddar biscuits? I sure can and I want to live in that world, like right now!
  • Buffalo Zucchini Chips – ditch tortilla chips for these seriously addicting crispy zucchini chips!

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Ground chicken is combined with buffalo sauce and vegetables to create delicious buffalo chicken burgers! Ditch the buns to make them gluten free and keto!


Buffalo Blue Cheese Sauce

Optional Toppings


  • Combine the ground chicken, celery, carrots, red onion and garlic in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the egg, ¼ cup buffalo sauce, breadcrumbs, chili powder and paprika.
  • Form into 4 patties.
  • Place on the grill over medium heat for 8-10 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature of the burger reaches 165°F.
  • While the burgers are on the grill combine the additional ¼ cup buffalo sauce with ¼ cup blue cheese dressing to make the sauce.
  • Toast the buns, then spread the sauce 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 toppings.



  • To make these burgers low carb, gluten free or keto, use a low carb breadcrumb substitute. These spicy nut crumbs and pork panko are both great options.
  • Uncooked, these burger patties will stay good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Cooked, these burger patties will stay good in the refrigerator for 5-6 days.
  • You can also freeze the burgers for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 476kcal (24%)Carbohydrates 47g (16%)Protein 32g (64%)Fat 17g (26%)Saturated Fat 5g (25%)Cholesterol 144mg (48%)Sodium 1730mg (72%)Potassium 860mg (25%)Fiber 3g (12%)Sugar 7g (8%)Vitamin A 2365mg (47%)Vitamin C 3.1mg (4%)Calcium 224mg (22%)Iron 4.5mg (25%)
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