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Recipe Friday: Mighty Mushroom Blended Burger

Now is the time to make a difference through delicious food we create. There are more opportunities than ever to be recognized for making a sustainable difference on your menus. For the last four years, chefs across the country have joined The Blended Burger Project™, a movement that strives to make the iconic burger even better for your customers and for the planet by blending at least 25% fresh mushrooms into your burgers.  

This year, the Foundation is pleased to once again partner with the Mushroom Council to host the Blended Burger Project*, which encourages chefs to create a healthier, more sustainable, and tastier burger that can be enjoyed by consumers across the country, while 

Everyone has their own favorite kind of cheeseburger. Maybe you like your'sthe traditional way with all of the fixings. Maybe a turkey burger is more your taste. Whichever way you slice it, a cheeseburger is widely considered America's favorite sandwich, but what if you could have good ‘ol beef and a full serving of vegetables in one bite?

Meet the blended burger — the perfect mix of finely-diced mushrooms and bona fide beef. Not only has it reached celebrity status in a James Beard Foundation chef competition but it’s also a better-tasting, better-for-you, easy-to-make burger at home.

A blended burger is an easy way for diners to take a step in the right direction without sacrificing their favorite foods, like burgers. Checm out this blended burger recipe from the Mushroom Council. 

Mighty Mushroom Blended Burger

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

½ pound mushrooms, crimini or white button
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound ground beef
½ teaspoon salt
4 slices cheddar cheese
1 tomato, thinly sliced
½ red onion, thinly sliced

Method

  1. Finely dice mushrooms or gently pulse in food processor.In skillet over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Transfer cooled mushrooms to medium bowl. Add ground beef and salt, mixing until combined. Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal patties.
  3. In the same pan over medium-high heat, add remaining tablespoon of olive oil and cook burger patties until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, about 5 minutes per side. Place cheese slices on top of each patty and cook just until melted.
  4. Remove patties from heat. To assemble, place tomato and onion slices on top of each patty. Top with condiments if desired.

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