Thursday, January 16, 2014

G is for: Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders

It's time to start planning those Game Day menus, and nothing says football like a big plate of Buffalo wings.

But let’s be honest… as delicious as they are, wings can be a little messy, especially at a party. Not to worry… there’s a way to replicate that tangy, spicy taste in a way everyone can enjoy… sliders!

These sliders are like the love child between my March Madness Buffalo chicken sliders and my inside out burgers.

These use either ground turkey or ground chicken and are stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese… a classic pairing for wing sauce, which is mixed directly into the ground meat.

Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders
The ingredient list is super short for these. All you need is some ground turkey or ground chicken, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, onion, garlic, wing sauce and slider buns. (plus, any additional toppings you like).
Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders
Place ground meat in a bowl, along with minced garlic, and grate about 1/4 of a yellow onion over the top, allowing the onion juices to season your meat.
Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders
Add about 1/3 cup of wing sauce to the mix. (Note: it’s important to buy “wing sauce” as opposed to “hot sauce” so you get a more traditional buttery taste.)
Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders
Season with salt and pepper and gently mix using your hands. Be careful not to overmix, as this will make for tough burgers.
Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders
Evenly separate into 6 patties (about two ounces each). Place one tablespoon Gorgonzola cheese in the center of each patty.
Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders
Bring up the sides around the cheese and press together to engulf the cheese in the middle.
Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders
Flatten back out. Repeat with remaining five patties. Refrigerate them until you're ready to grill to help the meat firm up a bit.
Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders
These are great on the outdoor grill, but if it’s too cold, you can totally make them inside (either in a skillet or on a Foreman-type grill). Cook 5-6 minutes per side over medium heat. If using a grill that cooks both sides at the same time, just cook 5-6 minutes total. I actually used my Panini maker and it worked great… aside from the cleanup.
Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders
Serve on toasted slider buns and drizzle with additional sauce if desired. Top with red onions, arugula or avocado.
Gorgonzola Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Sliders

Serve with a side of carrot or celery sticks for a play on traditional wing accompaniments. Game on!
Gorgonzola Stuffed Turkey Sliders

by Jaymee Sire
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Keywords: grill chicken turkey buffalo wing sauce Super Bowl Tailgate American fall

Ingredients (6 sliders)
  • 3/4 pound ground chicken or turkey (preferably dark meat or a mix of both)
  • 1/4 yellow onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup Frank's wing sauce (plus more for drizzling)
  • 6 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 6 slider buns
  • For toppings: avocado, arugula, sliced red onion
Instructions
  1. Combine ground meat with grated onion, minced garlic and wing sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly mix together using your hands, taking care not to over-mix.
  2. Evenly separate into six patties (about 2 ounces each). Place 1 tablespoon Gorgonozola cheese in the center of each patty. Bring up the sides around the cheese and press together to engulf the cheese in the middle. Flatten back out. Repeat with remaining five patties.
  3. Grill patties over medium heat until cooked all the way through. (About 5-6 minutes per side, or if using a foreman-type grill, 5-6 total).
  4. Serve on toasted slider buns and drizzle with extra sauce and your favorite burger toppings, if desired.
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