Buffalo Wing Burgers

These Buffalo wing burgers are further proof that chicken or turkey burgers do not have to be boring or bland. These are definitely our go-to no-beef burgers. A little spiciness, tender patties, and oh, my favorite, Buffalo wing flavor. Topped with a dressing that is both sweet and spicy. Perfect!
buffalo-wing-burgersI’ve already made these Buffalo wing burgers several times. We absolutely love them. So far, I have only made them with ground turkey, since we prefer the texture of ground turkey over chicken. Well, that and ground turkey has been on sale lately!

Buffalo Wing Burgers
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
For the burgers
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for the grill
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Frank's hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or more) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Green leaf lettuce, optional
  • Thinly sliced ripe tomato, optional
For the mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
For the burgers
  1. Melt butter with oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and salt and cook until onion starts to turn golden.
  3. Add the garlic, stir and cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the pepper, hot sauce, thyme, and red pepper flake. Stir then remove to a large bowl to cool for at least 5 minutes.
  5. Add the ground meat and combine well. Form into 4 equally-sized patties.
  6. Fire up your grill. Oil your grates so that the patties do not stick.
  7. Grill patties until they reach 165 F, approximately 5 minutes per side. Be careful flipping the patties if they begin to crumble.
  8. Toast buns if desired.
  9. Slather buns with the mayonnaise. Add lettuce (if using), the grilled patties, tomato (if using) and the top bun and serve.
For the mayonnaise
  1. Combine all ingredients.

Apple Maple Turkey Burger

I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical making this apple maple turkey burger. Sure, I’ve had a few turkey burgers in my time, but I can’t remember any of them. On the other hand, I can remember lots of the beef burgers I’ve had. I was pretty sure this wasn’t going to be a very memorable burger either. And I was wrong. Very wrong.

Apple Maple Turkey BurgerThe apple sauce and maple syrup really make this burger fantastic. It is moist and tender and oh so flavorful. It is topped with applewood-smoked  burger and a great sauce that I am going to use on regular beef burgers too.  So much so that I made these twice in two days.

Apple Maple Turkey Burger
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
For the sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (use real syrup)
For the burger
  • 12 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cooked and cooled slightly, divided
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chunky applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 4 hamburger Buns
  • Toppings (lettuce, tomato, sliced onion, etc)
  1. Combine the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. Take 4 of the pieces of bacon and place into a chopper or blender and process until all large pieces are ground.
  3. Combine the ground bacon, turkey, applesauce, poultry seasoning, syrup, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Use your hands to get it mixed well. Form into 4 equally sized patties.
  4. Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  5. Brush one side of the patties with olive oil and place over direct heat. Brush tops with oil.
  6. Grill until lightly charred. Flip and grill another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove to indirect heat and continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 170 F.
  8. Lightly toast the buns.
  9. Serve patties on toasted buns slathered with the sauce, topped with your favorite toppings and the remaining bacon slices.