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Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce

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Let me tell you a secret…

I didn’t have buffalo chicken wings until college. 

I know!  I can’t believe it either.  It was just not something that my parents ever made, or ordered in restaurants.  I never saw any of my friends eat them, either, so I never thought to eat them. 

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Until happy hour when I was in college.  That’s right.  I was at least 21 years old when I first had buffalo wings. 

We had two main places for happy hour in college.  Tia’s, a Mexican restaurant with free chips and salsa and $1 beers and margaritas, and Chili’s, where they served $2 beers, but had free buffalo wings.  More expensive beers, but an arguably better free food choice!  After those {very} happy {many} hours in college, I can say I was hooked on those spicy little wings.

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Let me tell you another secret…

A few years ago, I got 4th place in a local wing eating contest.  I am truly embarrassed to admit that I ate 40 wings in 10 minutes during the qualifying round, and at the main contest, I ate 78 wings during 2 rounds totaling 17 minutes. 

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Yea.  It was disgusting.  And trust me when I say it was a looooong time before I ate wings again.

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Eventually my love for those little wings, and the flavor combination of spicy buffalo sauce and blue cheese, returned.   I won’t eat 78 wings as fast as I can, but I will enjoy an order here and there, especially during a football game!

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These burgers combine the classic flavors of buffalo chicken wings (even the celery!) into a tasty, mess free sandwich.  (Isn’t getting your hands and face all sauced up the worst part of wings!?) 

Top your burgers with this special creamy blue cheese sauce for an all out wing-like experience!

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

makes 4 burgers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb extra lean ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 tbsp hot sauce*
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 Hamburger buns

*A note about the hot sauce-this amount will vary depending on the heat of your sauce.  I used a hot sauce from Aldi, which I would compare to Franks Red Hot in the level of heat and its taste.  If you are using a hotter sauce (like Tabasco), use less (unless you like it really spicy!

Directions

  1. In a medium pan, sauté the onions and celery in the olive oil.  Do not brown them, but cook them until they are soft, about 5 minutes.  Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients (except buns!) with cooled onions and celery.  Mix until well combined and the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Form meat mixture into 4 equal sized patties.
  4. Heat a grill pan or grill to medium high heat.  Cook burgers for about 6 minutes a side until cooked through (you don’t want to eat raw or undercooked chicken!). 
  5. Serve on buns with creamy blue cheese sauce.

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Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce

 

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks celery, very finely chopped
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 8-oz container light sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
  2. Serve on burgers, or with additional celery and carrots for dipping.

 

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How many wings do you think you can eat in 10 minutes?

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