Buffalo Chicken Burgers + Homemade Ranch

Hump Day.  And some bad news.  And some aches and pains.  IMG_8242

Ever have a day that just NEEDS burger?

The bad news we had today wasn’t THAT bad, just a hitch in the giddyup towards graduation and being a therapist and all that.  No worries, just a bummer.  I wish all the news in the world ever was good. 

Also.  Hurt wrist and teaching yoga twice today!  Typing kills me.  Making shoulder ache.  HOLD ME.  Or send free physical therapy.  Whichever you can do.  I get it either way. 

Now that the whining is done, let’s fix our funk, shall we?  Buffalo chicken burgers.  I saw this method of saucing things from Rachael Ray on the TV last week because I ONLY WATCH AWESOME STUFF, and then I thought in my brain that I really wanted buffalo chicken.  Because yum.  

The sauce on this bad boy is kind of a fakeout ranch.  You can use just plain mayo or sour cream or whatever else you like on burgers, but this is a fun twist, and it’s nice to make a burger and a topping, right?  Totes homemade.  

For the sauce, you’ll need sour cream, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, and dried dill.  FEEL FREE to use fresh herbs, but dried are just fine here.  Get off your high horse, please. IMG_8170

I like to make the sauce first.  Place all the ingredients in a bowl. IMG_8172

And stir it!  IMG_8173

Taste, and add some salt if you’d like.  Let the ranch sit while you make the burgers – the flavors will come together and be happy and great.  IMG_8174

Onto the burgers!  They’re easy too, and take most of the same ingredients as the ranch.  You need ground chicken, onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, butter, hot sauce, and burger buns.  Or not.  IMG_8167

If you’re feeling REALLY adventurous, do two hot sauces!  I did a buffalo-style and a chili-garlic style, and WHOA.  Any hot sauce or combination of spicy stuff you like will work great, though!IMG_8185

First, preheat a skillet to medium-high with olive oil or cooking spray.  Then add the chicken, garlic and onion powder and Worcestershire sauce to a large bowl.  That red stuff is hot sauce – add a tablespoon extra to the meat mixture if you’d like extra spicy burgers!  That part’s optional.  IMG_8182

Mix the chicken to incorporate all the spices, then form into 4 even patties.  The mixture will be a little wet, but it’ll dry out in the pan.  IMG_8183

Add the patties to the skillet – you may need two skillets if yours are small.  IMG_8190

Let the patties cook for 5 – 7 minutes on each side, flipping once, until they’re cooked through.  No rare chicken burgers, please.  IMG_8191

While the burgers are cooking, toast the buns, broil them, grill them, whatevs.  Also, prep any toppings you’d like!  I went with just red onion for these, but any raw veggies, pickles, cheese would be great!  

When the burgers are cooked, remove them to a plate and reduce the heat in the pan to medium-low.  Add the butter and hot sauce(s), and stir to lift up any chicken bits and create a sauce.IMG_8192

Add the burgers back to the pan, and turn them over and over to coat them in the buffalo sauce.  IMG_8195

Yum!  Burgers.  I build these by layering ranch on top of a burger bun butt (just wanted to alliterate there)…IMG_8196

….then adding a burger.IMG_8197

Then I add any toppings and a hat, and yay!  Buffalo chicken burgers.  IMG_8201

I’m not big on a potato product with burgers these days – the meal balances nicely if you add a veg, though!  We ate snap peas dipped in the extra ranch because WHY NOT and felt good about ourselves.IMG_8213

I add about a tablespoon more of hot sauce on top of Jay’s burger, btw.  This sauce is tangy but not to too spicy, so add more hot sauce to the pan or directly to the burgers as a topping if you’d like more heat!IMG_8252

Make these soon!  They’re super easy but delicious, and are ready FAST if you don’t bother with a side dish.  You could make mini versions as sliders, too!  IMG_8226

Happy hump day – if you got bad news or have a hurt wrist just eat a burger and move on.  I feel way better.  Tomorrow is Thursday, a very hopeful day.IMG_8254

 Shared with Weekend Potluck – the best time suck start to a weekend!

Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Homemade Ranch
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. FOR THE BURGERS
  2. 4 burger buns, split and toasted
  3. 1 pound ground chicken
  4. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1 tablespoon butter
  8. 4 tablespoons hot sauce (one kind or several! I like a combo of Texas Pete and Sriracha)
  9. any desired toppings
FOR THE RANCH
  1. 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  2. 3 tablespoons sour cream
  3. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 teaspoon dried parsley leaves
  7. 1 teaspoon dried dill
Instructions
  1. Make the ranch. Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste, and add a pinch of salt if needed.
  2. Make the burgers. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat with olive oil or cooking spray. Combine the chicken, Worcestershire, onion powder, and garlic powder in a bowl with your hands. Divide into 4 equal parts, and form into patties slightly larger than the burger buns.
  3. Place the patties in the hot pan. Cook for 5 - 7 minutes on each side until browned and totally cooked through. Only flip once. Remove from the pan, and reduce the heat to medium - low.
  4. Add the butter and hot sauce(s) to the pan. Swirl to combine, then return the burgers to the pan with the sauce. Turn several times to fully coat in the hot sauce mixture.
  5. To assemble, top a bun bottom with some ranch, then with a chicken burger. Add any toppings you'd like, then the top of a bun.
Notes
  1. Use fresh herbs in the ranch if you'd like!
Adapted from Inspired by Rachael Ray
Adapted from Inspired by Rachael Ray
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