Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

20 oz lean ground turkey or chicken breast (ever wondered why they sell it in 1.25 lb packages?!?)
1 egg
1/2 c bread crumbs
1/2 c finely minced onions
1/2 c finely minced celery
1 shredded carrot
2 tablespoons Buffalo sauce (our favorite is Ken's)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
Buffalo wing sauce for basting

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Draw an "x" in the meat to separate into 4 sections. Roll each portion into a ball and then flatten into a patty, use your fingers to make a divot in the center (helps it keep its shape when the meat starts to shrink).

Top with crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese as soon as it comes off the grill/out of the pan (or a slice of your fav if you don't like the funky stuff). Serve on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, extra wing sauce and a little ranch dressing if you would like.

WHY IS THIS GOOD FOR YOU?
* Ground turkey/chicken are lower in fat and calories (make sure you buy ground breast for this benefits so its just the lean white meat and not the "extras" OR grind your own from boneless, skinless breast meat)
* You get the taste of buffalo chicken without eating deep fried breaded strips of chicken or deep fried, skin covered fatty wings (not that I don't love me some buff strips or chicky wings)
* Go for the grill pan/foreman/outdoor grill. Making it on the grill over a fry pan lets the grease drain away.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

is this the variation you made to the buffalo meatballs?
-tlf

Momvsfood said...

It is! When you sent me the meatball recipe I craved them for at least a week but had nothing I could make them for. Then it hit me one night to use the idea for burgers we were having for dinner. You HAVE to give them a whirl!!! I almost ate a second burger.