Thanks to their hearty taste and meaty texture, mushrooms can help make any burger better when combined with ground meat – beef, turkey or lamb. By substituting some of the meat with finely chopped mushrooms, this mighty blend can:
· Enhance Taste. The umami in mushrooms and beef creates a mouth-watering, flavor-multiplying effect.
· Trim calories and fat. Research suggests substituting mushrooms for meat can be an effective method for reducing calorie and fat intake while still feeling full.1
· Extend portion sizes of your patties. Mushrooms help bulk up volume without sacrificing your bottom line.
· Add vegetables to the plate. By adding mushrooms to the meat, you’re bringing an extra serving of vegetables to your meal. Plus, mushrooms deliver important nutrients like vitamin D, B vitamins and antioxidants like selenium and ergothioneine that help maintain a healthy immune system.
This summer, change up your traditional burger recipe and try the Mushroom Fiesta Burger (full recipe below) which combines fresh mushrooms with meat and will infuse bold flavors into your next backyard get together.
Looking for more ways to add pizazz to summertime dishes? Appetizer, main course or side – the options are endless when it comes to versatile mushrooms.
· Pizza: Trade the oven for the grill and throw your uncooked pizza over the coals. Layer it with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and spinach and watch guests grab a slice or two.
· Portabella Burger: A meatless burger option. Finish off a grilled portabella cap with Asiago cheese, roasted red peppers and a balsamic glaze for a decadent meal.
· Grilled Side: Whole, sliced, chopped or halved, toss mushrooms in a grill pan with olive oil, seasoning, and onions to serve up a delicious side.
Mushroom Fiesta Burger
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 burger
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 ounces white button mushrooms
6 ounces crimini mushrooms
½ cup onion, diced
8 ounces 90% lean ground beef
1 large egg, lightly beaten
½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat grill. While grill heats, finely chop mushrooms and toss with oil and season with black pepper. Cook mushrooms and onions in a grill basket or skillet, in batches if necessary. Sauté until mushrooms are fully cooked, onions lightly browned and most of the liquid has evaporated. Cooking times may vary. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked mushroom mix, ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, spices and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Refrigerate mix until chilled and then form into 4 equal patties.
Grill burgers over direct heat (or in a cast-iron skillet) for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until done.
Tips: Top burgers with pepper jack or cheddar cheese, lettuce and sliced tomato and onion. Or for more festive fiesta flavors, top with salsa, queso fresco and guacamole.