Juicy, well-seasoned beef burgers are glazed with buffalo wing sauce and topped with creamy, sharp blue cheese and crispy onion straws and served on a toasted bun. And these are skillet burgers, so you don’t need any special equipment to enjoy this burger at home.
One of the many things I love about Maine is how easy it is to eat locally sourced food here. Farmers’ markets operate year-round. Grocery stores and natural foods stores carry locally sourced foods and products. And there are so many farms producing so many wonderful products.
Of course, it’s easier in the warm months than in the cooler ones. That’s when I can practically go months without setting foot inside a grocery store.
Right now, we’ve reached outdoor market season. It’s also seeds-in-the-ground season. And oooh, things-are-starting-to-grow season. It’s a good time. I especially love being able to pick up my favorite meats and cheeses at the farmers’ markets.
If you ask me, local ground beef makes the very best burgers. Especially when you know the farmer.
Did you know that May is National Burger Month? It is, so my local ground beef is going into a really awesome burger: Buffalo Blue Cheese Skillet Burgers with Onion Straws.
I love making skillet burgers. They can be cooked in as little as 10 minutes and are so, so easy. When the burger mood strikes, this is a great option for satisfying it (especially if you don’t have a grill).
The secret to good skillet burgers is two-fold. First, the meat needs to be seasoned. Working the seasonings into the meat is the best way to ensure they are flavorful throughout. Second, it’s in the forming of the patties. They need to be about 1/2-inch thick and spread wide — wider than the bun you’ll use because they will shrink when they cook. And one more thing … press your thumb into the center of each patty before cooking. They’ll keep their shape better.
These skillet burgers are extra special though. Glazed with buffalo chicken sauce, they have a slight heat to them (or more than a slight heat, depending on how much extra sauce you drizzle on). The creamy, bold blue cheese is a lovely contrast to the buffalo sauce. And the crunchy, sweet onion straws bring even more great flavor and texture to the dish.
Speaking of those onion straws, they are super easy to make and worth the time it takes to create them. A yellow onion is thinly sliced and then tossed with a little flour and seasonings. And then they are fried in hot oil until browned. Do them in batches to give the onions room to cook. Drain the onions on paper towels and then pile them high on your burger.
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 onion, , thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 plus 1/4 tsp kosher salt, , divided
- 1/4 plus 1/8 tsp black pepper, , divided
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 4 hamburger buns, , toasted
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss together the onions, flour, paprika, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper.
- Fry the onions in batches (don’t overcrowd them) until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Continue until all of the onions have been cooked.
- Once the onions are done, turn off the burner. It’s time to make the burgers.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Divide into four even pieces. Flatten and shape into rounds 1/2-inch thick. Use a thumb to depress the center.
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the burgers to the pan and brush with buffalo sauce. Cook the burgers for 3-5 minutes (longer for well-done). Flip and brush with additional buffalo sauce. Sprinkle with blue cheese. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes (longer for well done).
- Remove from heat.
- Time to assemble the burgers. Place one Pattie on the bottom of each toasted bun. Top with onions. Drizzle with additional buffalo sauce, as desired. Top with the top bun. Serve.
Last year, I jumped at the chance to participate in #BurgerMonth with Girl Carnivore. She challenges participating bloggers to create one fantastic burger to celebrate. Mine was another skillet burger — Cheddar Bacon Panfried Burgers, actually
When I heard there would be a Burger Month 2018, I had to join in again.
I do love burgers, after all.
A huge thanks to the #BurgerMonth sponsors: