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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

The buffalo sauce is smiling because it knows how tasty these burgers are
After a busy day at the sprayground and trying to find a working atm or an open pool, I made us this fabulous dinner. Buffalo turkey burgers with a side of chipotle mac n cheese and baked green bean fries. Can you say scrumptious?

The mac n cheese is from a box, with only half a packet of cheese sauce mix, skim milk, margarine, and a few dashes of chipotle tabasco. It's a "recipe" I've made a few times before, sometimes using buffalo sauce, but always good!

The green bean fries were also super simple. I used a bag of frozen "fancy", but fresh would be so much better. The ones I made were delicious, but fresh would have that extra level of crispy crunch that I so crave in fries. According to three different sources all you do is toss them in enough olive oil to coat, season to taste with salt and pepper, and roast at 425 for 25-30 minutes, shaking the pan halfway though. That's it. I added a bit of garlic powder too, because I'm a garlic fiend. This is seriously my favorite veggie side now, surpassing even parmesan roasted corn on the cob.

Buffalo Turkey Burgers adapted from How Sweet It Is

1 lb ground turkey (How Sweet calls for chicken, but my Aldi doesn't sell it)
1/4 C buffalo sauce
1/4 C parmesan cheese
1/2 Tbls italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

cheese of choice
ranch or bleu cheese and buffalo sauce for topping

Preheat your cooking surface. In a medium to large bowl, mix all of the burger ingredients until just combined. Evenly divide the mixture into 4-6 pieces. Form into patties and cook until done. Just before the burgers are done, place a slice of cheese on top of each, if desired. Place patties on bun and top with dressing and hot sauce. Enjoy! Be warned, these are messy!

Also, when talking to my mom today she told me that there is a recent salmonella outbreak from ground turkey. Please, please cook your meats all the way through! If prepared properly, well done does not mean dry, but it does mean no food poisoning! Don't avoid buying ground turkey, just cook it right, which means well done! Okay, soap box for the day done.

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