The buffalo in this recipe refers to the magic mixture of hot sauce and butter that brought the city of Buffalo, New York, culinary fame, not the noble beast that roamed the Western plains. The burgers are studded with blue cheese and seasoned with celery seed, echoing the blue cheese dressing and celery sticks that are standard accompaniments to all things Buffalo. If you enjoy a pun and revel in redundancy, there is no reason you couldn’t make these burgers with beefalo and have some fun.

TIMING
Prep: 5 minutes
Grill: 7 minutes

BBQ TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
– Long-handled spatula

NOTE:
These burgers don’t need any garnish, not even a bun, but if you just don’t like to eat your burgers with a knife and fork, we recommend serving them on a crusty flat-bread, like ciabatta, rather than a soft bun.

THE GRILL
Gas: Direct heat, medium-high (425° to 450°F)
Clean, oiled grate on lowest setting
Charcoal:
Direct heat, light ash
12-by-12-inch charcoal bed (about 3 dozen coals)
Clean, oiled grate on lowest setting
Wood:
Direct heat, light ash
12-by-12-inch bed, 3 to 4 inches deep
Clean, oiled grate set 2 inches above the fire

INGREDIENTS (MAKES 6 SERVINGS)
2 pounds ground beef chuck, 85% lean
½ teaspoon celery seed
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup mild hot sauce, such as Durkee Red Hot
Oil for coating grill grate

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat the grill as directed.
2. Using your hands, mix the beef, celery seed, onion, garlic, and blue cheese in a bowl until well blended; do not overmix. Using a light touch, form into 6 patties no more than 1 inch thick. Refrigerate the burgers until the grill is ready.
3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Mix in the hot sauce with a whisk; keep warm.
4. Brush the grill grate and coat it with oil. Put the burgers on the grill, cover, and cook for 7 minutes, flipping after about 4 minutes, for medium-done (150°F, slightly pink). Add a minute per side for well-done (160°F).
5. Put the burgers in the hot sauce mixture and turn to coat. Serve with forks and knives.

   

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