Buffalo Burger

Buffalo Style Burger with Blue Cheese

If there’s a flavor profile that I’m guaranteed to go for, it’s Buffalo style.  Hot sauce, blue cheese (sorry ranch), cool crisp celery, say no more.  It’s with a true wing lover’s heart that I present to you this Buffalo Burger.

Buffalo Style Burger with Blue Cheese

It took a few attempts to get this one just right.  I wanted to get the right balance of blue cheese to hot sauce and a nice contrast of textures.  Too, I still wanted to be able to call it a burger, not losing the beef in the midst of bold flavors.  I think we nailed it, folks.

Buffalo Burger with Blue Cheese Slaw

This would be great for any celebratory event that involves backyard grilling.  The trick is to get a nice mild blue cheese, like a gorgonzola.  Don’t go for anything too funky at risk of overpowering the burger.  I also am partial to Frank’s Red Hot sauce, but you can go with whichever hot sauce is your favorite.

On the final test of this dish, I also added French fried onions, and I’m so glad that I did.  They give an added crunch-factor, but also, replicate that beautiful fried skin you find on really great wings.


Buffalo Burger

Buffalo Style Burger with Blue Cheese

A buffalo style hamburger with blue cheese, celery, and a blue cheese slaw.

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 burgers
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 4 Tbs Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (divided) or favorite hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • 1.5 cups coleslaw mix
  • 2 Tbs blue cheese dressing
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced on the bias
  • French’s french fried onions
  • 4 large leaves of Boston or green leaf lettuce
  • 4 Hamburger buns


  1. Combine the ground beef, 2 Tbs of the Frank’s Red Hot, paprika, lawry’s, salt and blue cheese in a bowl and mix together, but don’t overwork. Then divide into four balls and form into 1 inch patties.
  2. Heat up the grill to medium high and once heated, grill your burgers to desired doneness.
  3. While the patties are on the grill, combine the coleslaw mix with the remaining 2 Tbs of Frank’s sauce and 2 Tbs blue cheese dressing.
  4. Once your burgers are cooked, assemble your burger by stacking a cooked patty on the bottom half of the bun, drizzle with more Frank’s as desired, top with slices of celery, then 1/4 of the slaw, a liberal sprinkle of French fried onions and top with the other side of the bun, smeared with more hot sauce.
  5. Serve hot!


Joanie Simon

I'm a pro food photographer living in Phoenix, AZ with my hubby and two little dudes. Join me on YouTube for photography and cooking tutorials.

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