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Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Celery and blue cheese dressing help tame the hot sauce on this turkey burger recipe. For an even lighter version, pass on the buns and serve with lettuce leaves, sliced onion and chopped tomato. —Mary Pax-Shipley, Bend, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free blue cheese salad dressing


  • In a large bowl, combine 1 tablespoon hot sauce, cumin, chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper. Add turkey; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook burgers over medium heat 4-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°.
  • Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, celery, salad dressing and remaining hot sauce.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; cover and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to an airtight container; return to freezer. To use, cook frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 312 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 734mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • grandmascooking22
    Feb 4, 2021

    I cut the cumin and chili powder to 1/2 tsp each. I also used wings sauce not LA hot sauce. I fried on the stovetop. I think they were far too delicate to put on the grill so when I grill them I will add a binder like an egg and crumbs. I will make again as they had a good flavor.

  • Audrey
    Feb 3, 2021

    These were very good, I feel like they could use some breadcrumbs, however, to make them hold together better

  • Robert
    Jun 2, 2020

    This was one of the best turkey burgers I had. I used Frank's buffalo sauce and cajon spice instead of chili powder. Now i have an excuse to eat home made turkey or chicken burgers - Thanks

  • Danika
    May 1, 2020

    These are great. I did adjust some ingredients the second time I made it to get a more authentic buffalo flavor (vs. a taco flavor). I cut the cumin and chili powder to 1sp each respectively, and used Fank's buffalo hot sauce instead of Lousiana style hot sauce. I also served this with Ranch instead of Blue cheese to suit my family's tastes.

  • Kathyjordan
    Apr 21, 2018

    I change to get the taste that my family likes. Good recipe to start with.

  • Jamie
    Dec 20, 2017

    Okay, I haven't made these yet, BUT - "Buffalo" using "Louisiana-style hot sauce"? NOPE, NOPE, NOPE - gotta be Frank's for the authentic Buffalo-style taste!!!

  • dozer77
    Jul 14, 2016

    We liked the burgers but too much cumin for us..I will be making them again but using just a very small amount of cumin.We like the little bit of heat we got from the hot sauce.

  • shannondobos
    May 19, 2016

    These burgers were incredibly moist and flavorful. I grilled them on the BBQ. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because this definitely isn't a buffalo wing taste to me, but more of a tex-mex or taco flavor, so it was kind of a surprising flavor in the end. Definitely not in a bad way, as they were delicious - but the title is very misleading.

  • carrief3
    Dec 30, 2015

    No comment left

  • Brilynne1985
    Aug 22, 2015

    Really good burgers and I'm not a huge fan of turkey burgers usually! I would love to make a big batch of these and just keep them in the freezer. I added extra hot sauce to the meat and some extra garlic to mimic a garlic hot wing (my favorite kind).