Monday, May 23, 2011

Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

I've been making these burgers for years and we always love them (I leave the hot sauce out for the kids).  The girls decided tonight, however, that even though they had eaten them several times before, that they hated them.   But that's just how it goes around here sometimes....

1 pound ground chicken/turkey (I can't find ground chicken at my Walmart)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 scallions, finely chopped
1 celery rib from the heart, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot or Tabasco
Crusty rolls or toast (I use toast because it has fever calories)

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, seasonings, garlic, scallions, and celery. Mix the burgers and form into 4 1-inch-thick patties.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the burgers for 5-6 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate.

Wipe the pan clean and reduce the heat to low. Melt the butter in the pan. Add the hot sauce to the melted butter. Return the patties to the skillet and turn to coat in the hot sauce-butter mixture. Place the burgers on bun bottoms.  Top with blue cheese dressing and serve with lettuce on the buns.

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing* (enough for the burgers and for dipping carrots and celery)
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1/4 cup real mayo (like Hellman's)
2 cloves of garlic grated with a microplane (don't chop it or you'll bite into raw garlic)
juice of one whole lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

*I used my Homemade Ranch Dressing and added blue cheese.