Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 17: Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Dressing

   Vegetable oil, for drizzling
1 package (1 1/3 pounds) ground turkey breast
1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon grill seasoning, such as McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 scallions, finely chopped
1 celery rib from the heart, with greens, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot
   Crusty rolls, split
1 cup sour cream, reduced-fat sour cream, or Ranch dressing
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
   Salt and freshly ground black pepper
   Leaf lettuce
   Barbecue chips
   Oil-and-vinegar dressed slaw or a green salad

Place a healthy drizzle of oil in a mixing bowl. Add the turkey, poultry seasoning, grill seasoning, garlic, scallions, and celery. Mix the burgers and form into 4 1-inch-thick patties.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the burgers for 6 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate.

Wipe the pan clean and reduce the heat to low. Melt the butter in the pan. Add the hot sauce to the melted butter. Return the patties to the skillet and turn to coat in the hot sauce-butter mixture. Place the burgers on bun bottoms.

In a small bowl, mix the sour cream or Ranch dressing with the blue cheese crumbles and season with salt and pepper.

Top the burgers with lettuce and blue cheese sauce, then set the bun tops in place.


This burger is delicious. It has the taste of Buffalo chicken wings with the celery and blue cheese mixed in. It's not as strong of a flavor, so it's good for kids too. RR says: "So much better for you than wings, you could eat two!" I don't know about that, but it tastes good. Here is her tidbit: "I've made other versions of this - with chicken breasts and Buffalo-fied salads - but I think this is the tastiest takeoff on wings so far!"

I didn't change the recipe, except to add the chips and salad to the ingredient list (I added the green salad because I don't like O&V slaw). I used Gorgonzola cheese instead of Blue cheese because they were out of it at the store.

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