The 4th of July is just a couple of days away and nothing says the 4th of July like barbecues and burgers which is why I’m sharing this mouth-watering Buffalo Turkey Burger recipe with you!
Have you joined the buffalo flavor craze yet? My husband is a buffalo anything fanatic and I am close behind him. We’ve eaten everything from buffalo chicken pizza, tacos, chicken salad sandwiches, and our favorite Buffalo Chicken Burgers. I made these burgers for us on Sunday after our 50 mile bike ride. Yes I said 50, that isn’t a typo. I’m not gonna lie, it totally felt like 50 miles too. We started around 10:30 in the morning and didn’t get home until around 2:00, holy heck that felt like a long time! The ride started out good. We took a route along the South Platte River that goes north to Denver and ends at our favorite outdoor store, REI. Once we reached REI we still had to do another 10 miles before turning around and heading back. We decided to continue north since the week before we had gone east…bad idea. The ride took a major nose dive into boredom and ugliness. We discovered that when you go north on this bike path you head right into the industrial part of Denver and as I’m sure you can imagine it was not scenic. For the next 10 miles all we saw were crappy run down buildings, dead shrubs, a half-dried up riverbed, and a snake who nearly lost his head because he decided to slither out right in front of us! Oh and don’t get me started on the smells, good lord some of them were bad! If you’ve never smelled rotting water with who knows what in it, consider yourself lucky! As if the lack of scenery and the abundance of smells weren’t enough, there was no shade and it was about 92 degrees out. We were going through our water bottles faster than we could keep them filled. Once my Garmin watch hit 25 miles, I slammed on my brakes, turned the bike around, and went full speed back to Denver. I had seriously had enough of that! Once we got back to REI the remaining 15 miles weren’t so bad. It was still hot and my stomach was talking quite angrily to me, informing me that it was starving and we needed to eat. I started thinking about all kinds of food, ice cream, cupcakes, burgers, chips, bacon, my mind was on a real food binge! We finally made it back to the truck and hobbled around for a couple of minutes getting used to standing again and getting the feeling back in our butts, then headed home. Luckily before we left for the bike ride I had prepped the Buffalo Turkey Burgers.
To make the burgers is really simple. In a mixing bowl I combined the ground turkey, buffalo wing sauce, an egg, panko breadcrumbs, a clove of minced garlic, and a tablespoon of this DIY ranch seasoning mix (If you don’t want to make your own, I’m sure the ranch dry mix from the store works good too). I gently combined the meat mixture until everything was incorporated and then formed it into 6 patties. Now for the delicious sauce that goes on top of the burger! The buffalo blue cheese sauce is a simple mixture of plain non fat Greek yogurt, light mayonnaise, buffalo wing sauce, ranch seasoning mix, and some crumbled blue cheese. Whisk it all together until it’s smooth and creamy.
Since our grill is on the fritz, I used my grill pan and cooked them on the stove. I put the burger on the bun and topped it with a little bit of crumbled blue cheese, more buffalo wing sauce, red onion slices, tomato, lettuce, and that glorious creamy buffalo blue cheese sauce! I don’t know if it was because we were so hungry or they were just that GOOD, but we inhaled those burgers like wild animals. The flavor combination of the spicy burger with that tangy blue cheese and the cool creamy buffalo blue cheese sauce was AMAZING! All memories of that awful 10 mile stretch of ugly run down buildings, stinky smells, and burning hot sun melted away after eating our Buffalo Turkey Burgers. The burgers were so good I’m thinking about making them again this weekend! If you’re a fan of all things buffalo flavored then this Buffalo Turkey Burger is a must try!