Every once in a while you just need a burger. Especially when it is 70+ degrees in early March (there are some serious pros to living in California) and your grill and new patio furniture are just begging for an al fresco evening meal.
When the need strikes, I am there for you! Who says buffalo wings are just for the big game anyway?
This burger has all the flavor of buffalo wings – including the blue cheese dressing! – but in a much easier to eat/much fewer napkin using form. PLUS I’ve lightened it up in a few places without losing any of the flavor. Pretty great right?
The buffalo wing flavor comes from Frank’s Red Hot sauce. An absolute must when making anything you tag with “buffalo.” And of course, a little cayenne pepper. Don’t be afraid to spice things up!
Mix lean ground chicken with 1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. The mixture will be pretty wet so after you mix well, cover and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to let the flavor really sink into the chicken.
Remove from the fridge and form patties. One pound of chicken should form 4 good sized burgers. I highly suggest grilling the burgers, but if you don’t live in California and your BBQ is covered in snow like my mom and dad up in Washington (sorry guys!), a grill pan or plain old skillet will work perfectly fine.
To build these burgers you need all the essentials: crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, and crunchy, spicy onions. BUT leave the ketchup and mustard in the fridge for these burgers. All you need is your homemade blue cheese dressing.
Now the recipe for this is pretty tough, so try to stay with me… Combine 1 cup of greek yogurt with 8-10 oz of crumbled blue cheese. Stir. Got that? You can, and in my opinion should, make the dressing a day or two in advance because the longer it sits the more the blue cheese flavor will infuse into the greek yogurt. I am telling you you won’t be able to tell the difference between this and the chunky calorie laden stuff you get along side your plate of buffalo wings with the required 3 celery sticks and 4 carrots. So heap it on and don’t feel bad about it. I didn’t!
Smear a bunch of dressing on both sides of your toasted bun. Get after it people. You won’t regret it.
Pile on your burger and toppings. Bonus: your blue cheese dressing serves double duty as topping for your side salad. It’s no too much. Trust me.
Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Blue Cheese Dressing
- 1 pound lean ground chicken
- 1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper
- Burger toppings: lettuce, tomato, white onion
Combine first 4 ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate 30 min to 1 hour. Remove and form into 4 burger patties. Grill over medium high heat about 5-6 min per side.
Blue Cheese Dressing
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 8-10 oz crumbled blue cheese
Combine yogurt and blue cheese. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Can be made 1-2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.