Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Buffalo & Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burger

Buffalo wings are one of my favorite foods, so I though why not figure out how to make a "buffalo wing" burger, emulating the flavors of a basket of buffalo with a cup of blue cheese dressing for dipping. Plus, bacon never hurts the flavor of any dish, especially a burger. Not only is ground turkey breast leaps and bounds healthier than ground chuck typically used for burgers, I think the poultry flavor lends itself to being more similar to buffalo wings. Using low fat blue cheese and low-sodium bacon, you can enjoy this burger guilt free.

What you need:
1.3 lbs lean ground turkey breast
1/4 cup hot sauce
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
~2-3 oz crumbled low fat blue cheese, divided in 4 portions
8 slices of low-sodium bacon, cooked
4 hamburger buns
4 romaine lettuce leaves
Vegetable oil
Large cast iron skillet

What you do:
Cook until well done.
1. Combine first 7 ingredients (turkey through pepper) in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly (don't be afraid to use your hands).
2. Form 8 small, thin patties by rolling into a small ball and flattening with the palm of your hand.
3. Spoon equal portions of divided blue cheese into the center of 4 patties. Top each of the 4 blue-cheese stuffed patties with another thin (non-stuffed) patty and press sides together to seal blue cheese inside.
4. Heat small amount of oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add stuffed burger patties. Cook on each side for 6-8 minutes, or until well-done and nicely browned on each side.
5. Place each burger on a bun, top with lettuce, two slices of bacon, and enjoy!

Optional: Top your burger with ranch or blue cheese dressing for added buffalo wing flavor.

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