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Buffalo Buffalo Burgers

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 4
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Homemade burgers with buffalo meat mixed with blue cheese and spicy hot sauce.
by: Macheesmo
Updated Mar 8, 2017
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  • 1 pound ground buffalo (or beef if you want)
  • 1/4 large onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces blue cheese
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 4 leaves lettuce (optional)
  • 4 sturdy buns


  • 1
    Mix ground buffalo with tomato paste, hot sauce, diced onion, and butter. Mash the butter up so there are tiny bits of it throughout the meat. Add a large pinch of salt and pepper to the meat.
  • 2
    Form four large patties with the ground buffalo mixture. Try not to press the meat too tightly together. Keep it light. Using your thumb, put a small divet in the center of each patty which will help with even cooking.
  • 3
    Cook the burgers on a very hot grill for about 4-5 minutes per side. With about two minutes left to cook, add a handful of blue cheese to each patty. Optional, but delicious.
  • 4
    Serve the burgers on toasted buns with a splash of extra hot sauce and some lettuce which gives the burgers a great crunch.

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More About This Recipe

  • Buffalo is all the rage these days as a replacement for ground beef. It's a lot leaner than beef and has a fantastic, rich flavor that ground beef just can't deliver. Since I grew up in Wyoming, I've actually been eating buffalo for a while now. These days you can find it ground in a good number of supermarkets throughout the U.S. Since demand has been exploding for this tasty meat, supply hasn't been able to keep up. This means that ground buffalo meat is pretty pricey these days and--at least for me--is for special occasions. My special occasion on this day was…that I wanted a really good burger. What's a guy to do? I spiced up the meat with some traditional flavors used in Buffalo wings: hot sauce, a touch of tomato paste, butter, and blue cheese piled high.The thing to remember about buffalo meat is that it's naturally very lean. For me, a good burger needs some fat in it. There's just no other way to keep it nice and juicy. So, when I'm using a lean meat to make burgers, I usually add in some fat by mashing in some butter. Of course, you could leave this out if you're watching your calories, but in my opinion, the end result is worth the few extra calories.
  • When your patties are formed, use your thumb to put a divot in the middle of each burger. As the burger cooks, the center will expand and fill the hole, giving you a flat burger instead of a football-shaped burger. I used my outdoor grill, but you could also cook these in a cast iron skillet if you wanted. What you're looking for is high heat to really get a good sear on the burgers. I was a bit worried the hot sauce and everything would overpower the buffalo flavor, but I could still taste it just fine. If you've never tried buffalo meat, it's somehow meatier than beef. If you can imagine that. And it holds up just fine to lots of flavor. If you can't find buffalo meat though, you can easily make these by substituting beef. Depending on the fat content of your ground beef, you may or may not need the butter. Burgers don't get much better than this!
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