Buffalo Chicken Burger Sliders

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I have to get something off of my chest: I am Buffalo Sauce crazy!  I love everything dipped, dunked and drizzled with it.  As many of you know, the majority of the things made with Buffalo Sauce are not the best for us.  Case in point: Buff Chick.  But, we all need to give a little sometimes when it comes to the diet.  

Mr. Schwartz and I went grocery shopping together over the long weekend.  I secretly, maybe not so secretly, love going grocery shopping.  I especially love grocery shopping with Mr. Schwartz.  Two of my favorite things: 1. basket full of possibilities and 2. hanging out with the love of my life.  

Anyway,  we stumbled across slider buns when we were shopping and the idea struck me.  Buffalo Chicken Burger Sliders.  I don't know about you but I hate eating Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches.  The chicken slides around and ultimately you end up getting only bun in your bite.  I figured making little ground chicken patties could solve this problem....they totally did!  Aaaand these babies have wayy less fat and calories than Buffalo Wings. 

Musical Selection: Hello by: Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette. Just because it sounds good. 

Here it goes! 
Start by mixing the Italian Seasoning, paprika, salt, poultry seasoning and Montreal Chicken Seasoning together in a small bowl.
If you haven't tried this Montreal Chicken seasoning from Grill Mates it is absolutely fantastic!  My dad makes the best chicken on the grill just coated in this stuff.  Amazing flavor.
Combine the spices with your ground chicken.  Add a few cracks of black pepper as well.
Next a few gluggs, approx 3, of Worcestershire sauce.  I'm pretty impressed that I no longer have to spell check Worcestershire since I use it so often.  Worcestershire. Worcestershire. Worcestershire! Anyway, add the buffalo sauce as well.
At this point the chicken mixture will feel a bit gloopy.  I know, not a real word but it really describes how they feel. Give it a shot. I bet you will call them gloopy.  But, they are in the background of this picture in little mini patties.  Front and center, the inspiration--slider buns! On special I might add!
Pre-heat your grill or grill pan and start cooking away.  I cooked them for about 5 minutes on each side.  No one likes salmonella.
Top with additional Buffalo Sauce, ranch dressing, american cheese and thinly sliced celery.
These little buggers pack quite the flavorful punch!  Feel free to make them in a bigger version but I do think anything miniature is quite wonderful.
Oh hello little buffalo beauty! 



1 lb ground chicken
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Montreal Chicken Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning 
1/4 cup Buffalo Sauce--preferably Franks Red Hot Sauce
3 gluggs Worcestershire sauce 
1/2 or so of ranch dressing
1/4 cup thinly sliced celery + more for serving
American Cheese 
carrot sticks 
Mini slider buns--or regular buns if you prefer

Mix seasonings together in a small bowl.  Incorporate with chicken.  
Add Buffalo Sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
Preheat grill/grill pan.
Grill small patties for about 5 minutes on each side or until fully cooked
Serve on buns with ranch, additional Buffalo Sauce, American Cheese and celery sticks.

Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz 

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