Buffalo Turkey Burgers Recipe
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Buffalo Turkey Burgers Recipe

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Celery and blue cheese dressing help tame the hot sauce on these juicy burgers. 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
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

Nutritional Facts

1 burger equals 312 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 734 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch 1/2 fat.


  1. 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.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook burgers over medium heat 4-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°.
  3. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, celery, salad dressing and remaining hot sauce.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a large resealable plastic bag; return to freezer. To use, grill frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 165°.
    Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Buffalo Turkey Burgers in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p55

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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)."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"My kids even liked these....although w/o the blue cheese. Instead of making these as regular sized burgers, I made them as sliders, and I used home-made blue cheese dressing and NM red chile powder. All in all I would say they rivaled any restaurant fare."

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014

"These were pretty good, not the real thing, but will do."

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"Very good. I reduced the cumin slightly and used ranch dressing...tasted just great."

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