Buffalo Turkey Burgers (AKA Meat Muffins)

This moving thing has really thrown a wrench in blogging mojo.  We’ve been having a busy summer too. But excuses aside, I’m trying to get back into it. Really.

Yesterday was a rainy one here, and that actually got me in the mood to cook. One of my husband’s favorite meals is Buffalo Turkey Burgers. I’ve been making them for years from a Rachael Ray Recipe. But yesterday I just didn’t feel like making burgers so I decided to turn them into meat muffins. Yep, you didn’t misread that. Meat muffins. I guess mini-meatloaf would sound better, but “meat muffin” always makes my husband laugh when he asks what’s for dinner.  I just put the burger mixture into a muffin tin and bake them. Meat + muffin tin = meat muffins.

I paired them with balsamic Brussels Sprouts, which I plan on sharing with you soon, as well as some cheesy au gratin potatoes complements of Cost-co. The ingredients met my specifications and I just couldn’t resist their cheesy goodness. And while I was slightly disappointed with some undercooked potato bites, I have to say they were pretty good overall.

I’ll give you the basic Buffalo turkey burger recipe, but if you haven’t figured out by now, I just can’t leave recipes alone. So, since I was only working with 1lb of ground turkey, I pumped them up with a handful of chopped spinach, a handful of chopped parsley, 1 egg (I used a duck egg since I have issues with chicken eggs), and 1/4 cup almond flour. Topped with a drizzle of Buffalo sauce. Yum! You can also make an easy blue cheese sauce to top them with as well. I was out of blue cheese so we went without, but they were still fabulous!

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Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Sauce (Inspired by Rachael Ray’s 30 minute Get Real Meals Cookbook)

  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 tsp olive oilIMG_3127
  • 1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp grill seasoning- I used this one –>
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 scallions (green onions), finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib from the heart with greens, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (Frank’s is the best for Buffalo sauce)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 Tbsp blue cheese crumbles

Place olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Add turkey, poultry seasoning, grill seasoning, garlic, scallions, and celery. Mix well and form into 6 patties. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the burgers for 6 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Reduce heat to low and melt butter in pan. Add the hot sauce and mix thoroughly. Return the burger patties to the skillet and turn to coat well with the hot sauce mixture. **I leave the hot sauce off for my kids- the burgers are very flavorful even without the Buffalo sauce.

In a smaller bowl, mix the Greek yogurt, ranch dressing, and blue cheese together. Serve burgers with a spoonful of blue cheese sauce. Bun optional.

**Meat Muffin option**

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a regular muffin tin and divide the burger mixture between the 12 muffin forms. Bake for 30 minutes. In a small pan, melt the butter and add hot sauce, mixing thoroughly. Serve meat muffin with a drizzle of Buffalo sauce and a dollop of blue cheese sauce.  Snicker over that fact that you are eating a “meat muffin”.

 

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