Q&A with the executive chef behind Bills QB Josh Allen-endorsed turkey burgers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL

Joel Kraft, the senior executive chef of Fisher Dining Services, has used the same product to source turkey burgers since joining St. John Fisher University in 2009.

These turkey burgers gained sudden fame after being endorsed by Bills quarterback Josh Allen on the first day of training camp on Sunday.

Allen told reporters that as soon as he finished his press conference, it was “TBT, Turkey Burger Time.”

“They have the best turkey burgers here,” Allen said. “I put some jalapenos on them. That’s the main reason I love coming here.

(For the record, he also mentioned spending time with his teammates and being able to focus on football.)

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Joel Kraft, the senior executive chef of Fisher Dining at St. John Fisher.

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The Bills haven’t been to Fisher for training camp since 2019, so Allen is one of a handful of players left to check out the turkey burgers. So does safety Jordan Poyer.

“I’ve been waiting for these burgers for three years,” Poyer said.

The turkey burgers caught national media attention when coach Sean McDermott was asked about them on the NFL Network. He noted that it was “one of the best turkey burgers I’ve ever had”.

Obviously, this required an investigation. The News spoke with Kraft about the turkey burgers, available toppings and the possibility of Fisher having a “Josh Allen turkey burger” on the menu.

Q: What’s the secret to the Fisher Turkey Burger?

A: “It’s quite funny. There really isn’t a super special recipe. It is a good quality product. We try to find the best products, whatever they are. We got these years ago and they may become a ‘tradition’. One of the Bills’ nutritionists used to want late-night player snacks, a leaner but still delicious product. When I came on board, it was already a “tradition” that the Bills had at the time. It was something when I started. Maybe we’ve improved it over the years. (He believes the “tradition” started in 2007.)

Q: Do the Bills eat the same burgers the students eat during the school year?

A: Chartwells Higher Education, which is called Fisher Dining, “really has a wonderful relationship with the school where we try to find the best products and serve the best to the students. If I find something that the students really like, we try to pass it on to the Bills and vice versa.

“With the side being away for a few years, some of the veteran players were looking forward to them.”

Q: How did you find out what Allen said?

A: “When it hit the headlines I was kind of giggling inside. … My phone just started exploding with Twitter links to friends and co-workers and a lot of people with Fisher Dining. I heard about 10 to 12 people per hour.

Q: There are burgers in Buffalo named after Allen. Would you consider naming the Fisher Turkey Burger after Allen?

A: Laugh… “Looks like I need a lawyer if I do.” If he let us, we could.”

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Q: How many turkey burgers do the Bills eat a day?

A: “I would say around 300 to 400 a day. It depends on the day, if the training takes place early in the day or if it’s a day off.”

Q: Allen said he added jalapenos. Do you like a bar with side options?

A: “We have a bar next door. We have low fat mayo and other spreads, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled cherry peppers and an assortment of fresh jalapenos and various cheeses.”

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