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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Pepperjack and Caramelized Onions

There’s something so wonderful about cooking a meal using things you commonly have on hand. Now that I’ve built a relatively stocked pantry, there are certain things I know I have, and can use to toss together dinner in no time. If I have a busy week ahead, I’ll also usually buy some kind of ground meat – because there are so many quick, easy meals I can make with it (depending on my mood). This burger came out of a need to eat – and fast.

As the burgers cooked, my roommate was drawn into the kitchen. We ended up enjoying these sandwiches together before moving on to our separate activities. That’s what I loved about this dinner: it was made using only what was at hand, and it brought people together around the dinner table – if only for a few moments.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Pepperjack and Caramelized Onions

Served 4.
Leftover Potential: Reheats fine as an additional burger/sandwich the next day, but I often like to dice premade patties and toss with lettuce and a quick dressing for a different spin, like this.

1 lb ground chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green onions, minced
3 Tbsp buffalo-style hot sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot)***
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper, to taste

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
4 buns, halved
pepperjack, thinly sliced
buffalo style hot sauce, as needed to garnish

1. In a large bowl, mix the chicken, garlic, onions, hot sauce, Worcestershire, egg, and breadcrumbs just to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Form the meat into patties of the desired thickness (if you prefer thinner burgers, you’ll end up with more like 8-10 burgers instead of 4-6).
3. Spray a saute pan with nonstick spray or coat lightly with oil. Cook the burgers until they are browned on both sides, and cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. (I actually popped my burgers, which were thick, into the oven to get them cooked through so that they didn’t overly brown, but low heat on the stovetop would be fine.)
4. While the burgers cook, heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add the onions and saute until translucent, about 4-6 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden and caramelized. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Top the burgers with a slice of pepperjack cheese, and let the heat melt the cheese slightly. Build the burgers on a halved bun, topping with onions and more hot sauce, if desired.

***I found that this did add spice, but not necessarily great flavor to the burger patty itself. If you’re not as much of a spice fiend, you could eliminate the sauce in the burger, and just use it as a garnish. Or you could always substitute a pinch of cayenne in the burger for a flavorful kick.

2 Responses

  1. Wow this sounds amazing! What a great way to spice up ground chicken. Which often gets overlooked as a delicious protein.

  2. hot sauce makes everything better, especially frank’s! this recipe sounds delicious!

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