Burgers meet Buffalo Chicken Wings! What better combination for a game-day appetizer?!

1/4 cup buffalo hot sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded cole slaw mix (or finely shredded green cabbage)
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck or sirloin
Vegetable oil, for the grates
16 slices baguette or 8 mini-hamburger rolls, toasted

In small bowl whisk together the hot sauce and mayonnaise. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Place the slaw in a medium bowl. Add the blue cheese dressing and crumbled blue cheese. Toss until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Place the ground beef in a large bowl. Generously season with salt and pepper. Divide the meat into 8 equal portions. Being careful not to overwork or compact the meat too much, pat each portion into a 3/4-inch thick patty.
Preheat a clean grill to medium-high with the lid closed for 8 to 10 minutes. Lightly brush the grates with oil.
Place the burgers on the grill. Close the lid and cook, turning once, until desired temperature, about 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium. About 1 minute before the burgers are done, place the buns, cut-side down, on the grill and cook until lightly toasted.
To serve, place the burgers on the toasted bread. Spoon the buffalo mayonnaise on the burgers and top with the blue cheese slaw.
Serves 6.
Variation: For a leaner burger, substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
Cooking Tip: You can always use a bottled blue cheese dressing but it is really easy to make a homemade version. See page (hotwings) for my recipe.

Photo credit Justin Fox Burks. Recipe from Simply Grilling by Jennifer Chandler.

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