Friday, May 27, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Let me tell you right now, this dish is a winner! There's a little story attached to how I got the recipe for this amazing burger.
While in the city taking Asian Techniques classes at the I.C.E. ,  I became friendly with a woman in the class. Her name is Gail.  I have the tendency to talk to people all around me, where ever I am, and I make friends! I have some friends who often scold me for this, like the time we were in Tennessee and the woman I invited to have drinks with us was CRAZY, but that in itself is another story for me to share with you another day! LOL!
Gail and I decided to meet early the last day of class. I had heard about a foodie event that was happening in the city, a one day event to meet Richard Blais, the Top Chef winner, who was doing a pop up restaurant cooking pork dishes for Pork Be Inspired .  We had an absolute blast waiting on line, tasting bacon ice cream, talking to people, people watching...we saw Carson what's his name from Queer Eye, all while waiting to meet Chef Richard, who happens to have the same birthday as me! Anyway, Gail tells me that another foodie friend is in town, and she wanted me to meet him because of our common interest in everything culinary, he was also a contestant on Season One of the MasterChef show! Here comes Scott Fischer, bigger than life with more personality than I could have ever imagined.  We had a blast, going all over NYC, uptown, downtown and all around, all while sharing his experience with me and Mike Z, who had also tried out for Season 2 of MasterChef. Unlike him, we didn't make it to the show...we were cut, but that is another story for another day. However in between sipping dirty Martini's,  Scott did share a recipe with me and I have his permission to share it with you!!  I've probably changed things up just a little kind of get a little fuzzy after 3 Martini's!

Buffalo Style Chicken Burgers
1 pound white meat ground chicken
1 pound dark meat ground chicken
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and grated
Hot Sauce (I used Moore's Buffalo Wing Sauce)
Cheddar Cheese
Chipotle Ranch dressing (Marie's makes a nice one)
salt and pepper

***I added blue cheese
and upped the heat by using some  Cabot Habanero Cheddar Cheese

In a bowl combine the white meat and dark meat ground chicken. I don't know why you have to use both, but I can attest that it was very juicy, and tasty.
Add to the meat the 2 ribs of celery, which you have chopped, and the 2 carrots which you have grated.

Mix it all together and add some salt and pepper. Now here's where I got a little fuzzy, I don't know if I was supposed to add hot sauce to the mixture, so I didn't.  But I did think that it would be amazing to add some of the cheddar cheese into the meat so I went ahead and did that. I would have also added some of the blue cheese, but my darling daughter, Zoe, doesn't like blue cheese, so I kept that to the end. The mixture was a little soft, so I refrigerated it for 15 minutes and then I made patties. I got 7 really nice size burgers from the 2 pounds of meat. You could definitely get 8 out of it.
 In a hot frying pan, which I sprayed with some non stick spray I added a few tablespoons of the hot sauce into the frying pan and cooked the "burger" in the hot sauce. I added hot sauce to the top of the burger before flipping it.
When they were cooked through, it took at least 15 minutes to cook, 7 - 8 minutes per side on med/high heat, I put them on a kaiser roll, added crumbled blue cheese, more Cabot Habanero Cheddar, lettuce and tomato, with a dollop of the Chipotle Ranch Dressing.

They were fabulous! If your husband, boyfriend, wife, girlfriend, fiance, son or daugher or whom ever you're cooking for love Buffalo style chicken wings they are going to love these burgers! I served them up with some home fries, corn on the cob and some slaw! Grill these up for the Memorial Day Weekend. Your guests will love these,  and it's something different from the usual burger. You'll get some great feedback. I did the night I made them for my family! :)
Thanks, Scott!

Buon Appetito

1 comment:

  1. This is something I am going to have to try soon. Maybe tomorrow night! Yum!