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Playing Buffalo Burgers


  • 8 slices smoky bacon
  • 2 pounds ground buffalo or sirloin
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 rounded tablespoon freshly grated or prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • About 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • 4 slices Blue Jack (found at the deli counter in larger markets) or pre-sliced Danish Blue cheese (found in the packaged cheese case)
  • 4 brioche or other burger buns, lightly toasted
  • Leaf lettuce, sliced tomato and sliced onion, for topping
  • Sweet pickle relish


Serves: 4


Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange bacon on a slotted pan and bake to crisp.
Combine meat with grated onion, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add a little oil, 1 turn of the pan, and cook burgers to deep golden and crispy on each side, about 7-8 minutes (burgers should be medium-rare). Remove to a plate.

Add butter to the pan and melt; add garlic and stir 1 minute. Add hot sauce then return patties to pan and turn to coat in Buffalo sauce. Top burgers with cheese, turn off heat and cover pan 1 minute to melt cheese.
On bun bottoms, place lettuce, tomato, onion and bacon then top with cheeseburgers. Smear relish on bun tops and set in place.