Volcano Buffalo Burgers

by Renee on September 10, 2013

Volcano Buffalo Burger | Magnolia Days

Put the fire department on speed dial. Call anyone who likes hot and spicy food. It’s time to fire up the grill and set your mouth on fire too. Grab the antacids and a giant glass of milk if you can’t handle the heat. You will need a pile of napkins too. One bite and there will be molten hot sauce dripping out all over. This is THE thing for hot food fanatics. A volcano buffalo burger puts a mark on the heat scale and goes down as something you won’t soon forget.

This burger is a creation I’ve worked on for a while. It’s been on the to-do list longer than I can remember. I started to make it several weeks ago and that’s when the thumb incident happened. Chopping up the garlic and not paying attention landed me a visit to the doctor. Now it’s almost completely healed and was time to get it done.

Volcano Buffalo Burger is a combo of spicy. First, there are fresh jalapeño peppers cooked with onion until they are soft and almost on their way to being caramelized. Along comes hot wing sauce to the pan. To clarify, wing sauce that is classified as “Hot”. They are simmered together to meld the flavors and spooned on top of freshly cooked burgers. You could bump it up another notch by putting pepper jack cheese on the burger too.

Volcano Buffalo Burger | Magnolia Days

How hot and spicy do you like your food? Mild, medium, hot, or 911? It should be obvious with this recipe that I’m in the hot to 911 range. I can always cool things down with a frozen treat like peanut butter ice cream. Or perhaps make a milkshake and serve it alongside. Now that’s a great idea. I’ve haven’t done a milkshake recipe yet. Stay tuned…

Volcano Buffalo Burgers

45 minutes

Makes 4 servings

Volcano Buffalo Burgers

    For the volcano buffalo topping:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 jalapeño peppers, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup hot buffalo wing sauce
  • For the burgers:
  • 1 to 1 1/3 pounds ground beef (ground round recommended)
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • 1 tomato, sliced
For the volcano buffalo topping:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeños. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat if onions are browning.

Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add wing sauce and stir to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

For the burgers:

Shape the ground beef into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper. Cook or grill patties to desired doneness.

Place lettuce and tomato on the bottom half of the buns. Top with hamburger patties. Spoon volcano buffalo topping over patties. Cover with top half of buns.

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Stacy September 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

911! Definitely, 911. Fortunately the whole family feels the same, even my girls (raised right!) so I can make free and easy with the hot peppers. This is a fabulous burger, Renee! I know we’d adore it!


Renee September 13, 2013 at 6:49 am

Thanks Stacy! How great your whole family likes the hot stuff. No need to make things at different heat levels.


Carla September 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Whoa definitely spicy! I would tone it down just a bit, but at the same time this sounds so good.


Renee September 13, 2013 at 6:49 am

You could tone it down by using a milder wing sauce and not as many peppers.


The Ninja Baker September 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Wow! You are one tough cookie, Renee. But I’m definitely game to give it a try with tofu =)

So glad to see that your thumb is fixed so you could make these feisty


Renee September 13, 2013 at 6:50 am

Thanks Kim! It would be a great topper for tofu or chicken too.


Anita at Hungry Couple September 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

OK, I’m a wimp. But I’ll just tone it down a bit. :)


Renee September 13, 2013 at 6:51 am

All good. At least you can use a milder sauce and lower the heat level a bit.


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes September 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

I go for medium hot, mainly because the darn heartburn insists on getting in the way! Yay for this burger Renee! Awesome recipe.


Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Darn heartburn! Grab some tums or milk and enjoy it occasionally.


laurasmess September 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Hahaa, ah dear. As an Aussie reading the heading for this post, I assumed that you must’ve used buffalo meat. But nope. Ground beef with buffalo wing sauce. Sounds delicious either way, love the idea of the ‘volcano’ topping! Yum. (P.S how did the name ‘buffalo wings’ come about?)


Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Buffalo wings came about from chicken wings being made in Buffalo, New York with a special sauce.


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