Buffalo Chicken Burgers

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These buffalo chicken burgers have the zesty flavor of hot wings! Make this chicken burger recipe for game day food or a weeknight dinner.

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Sandwiched between a soft pretzel roll with creamy blue cheese crumbles is a moist and flavorful ground chicken patty with enough kick to make your taste buds stand at attention!

If you prefer ground beef, my Jalapeno Jack Burger is another fantastic spicy burger recipe to try. It has tons of seasoning and a delicious barbecue ranch sauce on top.

Another delicious beef option is our Whataburger Patty Melt, with zesty sauce!!

Or, capture the same buffalo chicken flavors in a pasta salad or cheesy dip! Either is a great option when you need to feed a crowd.

buffalo chicken sandwich on white plate

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

This chicken burger recipe is seriously simple to make, and everything goes from grill to plate in just 15 minutes!

The sandwiches are super simple to make, and because the patties are made with ground chicken, this meal is relatively inexpensive to make, too.

  1. Make the sauce.

    The honey helps balance the spicy heat from the buffalo sauce, while the melted butter adds enough fat for the mixture to stick to the burgers.

  2. Cook the patties.

    Grill on both sides, brushing each side after it has been cooked. Don’t grill after the sauce is on, or it will smoke and burn.

  3. Assemble the buffalo chicken sandwiches.

    Let the chicken patties rest for a few minutes, then stack with red onion and blue cheese on pretzel buns!

extreme close up: buffalo chicken sandwich on pretzel bun with blue cheese

Chicken Burger Recipe Tips

  1. Use chilled meat.

It’s best to use meat straight out of the refrigerator, as cold ground chicken is easier to form into patties.

  1. Don’t overwork the meat mixture.

If you work the ground chicken too much, or compact it too tightly, you’ll end up with a buffalo chicken sandwich that is tough and dry.

  1. Make patties larger than the buns.

Gently form the chicken sausage into patties that are slightly larger than the bun size.

The meat will shrink as it cooks, resulting in buffalo chicken burgers that are just the right size.

Next, make a slight indentation in the center of the patties once they are formed. Do this by pressing lightly with your thumb or finger.

The center will rise as it cooks, so the indentation prevents the buffalo chicken sandwich patty from being domed or too round.

  1. Don’t press down on the burgers while cooking.

It may be tempting to press down on the chicken burgers with your spatula, but it doesn’t actually help them cook faster.

Plus, this just causes the juices to escape from the meat, another common reason for dry buffalo chicken burgers.

buffalo chicken burger next to celery sticks and dish of blue cheese dressing

Buffalo Chicken Burgers FAQ

How long will they last in the fridge?

Once the patties are cool, place them in a sealed container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.

You may want to wrap them individually in plastic or foil so they retain more moisture.

What’s the best way to reheat a buffalo chicken sandwich?

It’s best to reheat the chicken burger patties in the oven or toaster oven. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet and cook for about 3 minutes at 400°F.

Alternatively, place the buffalo chicken burgers in a skillet on the stove with a splash of water. Cover with a lid and cook over low heat until warmed through. Or, warm them in the microwave, but do so in bursts on lower power so they don’t dry out.

Can I freeze cooked chicken sandwiches?

Absolutely! Once the chicken sausage patties are cooked, allow them to cool completely. Wrap each in plastic or foil and place in a freezer-safe storage bag.

Use within 3 months for best results, and thaw in the refrigerator before reheating. You may need to make more of the buffalo sauce to brush over the top.

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Donna Elick
These buffalo chicken sandwiches have the zesty flavor of hot wings! Make this simple, spicy burger recipe for a game day lunch or dinner.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Grill
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 pound spicy chicken sausage, casings removed
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • red onion slices
  • 4 pretzel buns, or your favorite bun


  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine the butter and honey. Once the butter mixture is melted add the buffalo sauce. Whisk to combine, once mixture is almost boiling (starting to bubble) reduce to simmer until thickened.
  • Portion and form chicken sausage into patties slightly larger than your bun (4 ounces each to serve 4, or 8 ounces to serve 2).
    Make a slight indentation in the center of the burger to prevent it from doming up in the center. The indentation will rise as your burger cooks.
  • Grill until golden brown and slightly charred (about 3-5 minutes), turning once (cook for 3 minutes on the other side for medium). Once patty is flipped, liberally brush the hot sauce onto the burger.
    After you remove the burger from the heat, brush the other side. Try not to press down on your burger with a spatula. It will cause the juices to escape and will create a dry burger!
  • To assemble burger, place 2 rings of red onion on the bottom bun. Place the chicken sausage on top. Make sure chicken sausage patty is well coated in hot sauce. Add blue cheese to top of burger.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 437cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 2295mg | Sugar: 14g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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This post was first published in July 2012. The content was updated and republished on January 1, 2021.

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  1. Oh man this is a burger! I love pretzel buns making this a perfect ride for the chicken..

  2. This sounds delicious, Donna! Loving that you made the burger out of spicy chicken sausage, seriously yum.

  3. you are the burger queen and chicken queen and turkey queen! Heck- you are the queen. I bow down!

  4. And I thought the buns were genius! My Hubby will love this burger! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Your husband sounds a lot like mine. My husband love spicy foods too. I know he would enjoy your burger. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Great pictures too.

    1. Thanks Brandi! Nice to meet you. Let me know when you try it and what you come up with. I was just checking out your page. Ricotta pancakes! I like the way you think. They are one of my fav's and yours look amazing!

    1. How exciting. Thanks for pinning us. Let me know what you come up with. I love to hear adaptations!

  6. Chad is one lucky dude! I pinned and tweeted this. Now I just have to make it, **** that is a gorgeous sandwich. You rock!

    1. Thanks Chris! I make sure and remind him of how lucky he is each day. hehehe j/k

      I appreciate the compliments, between you and Jessica I may end up Ms Queen of Burgers. ; )

  7. YUM! This looks delicious and now all I have to do is go to my linky party to find it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Just realized I wasn't following you on GFC so remedied that.


  8. Hi Donna! I made these for Canada Day (July 1st). OMGoodness, they were fantastic to say the least but boy were they hot. We had no idea that they were going to be this hot and spicy, you should put up a warning. I couldn't get the pretzel buns but made due with whole wheat, but I think the pretzel buns would have put this over the top. I'll be making them again but this time I'll be toning down the heat. I've placed them on my "Pinned It, Did It, Loved It!" board with a 5 star rating. Here's the link you can check it out…


  9. Your chicken burgers look great! I’ve wanted to make chicken burgers for a while, but I keep forgetting to put it on my to do list

  10. HI Donna.
    Am I missing something???
    Where is the "binder" to hold chicken patty together?
    Please advise. Steve

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