Chefs all over the country are blending savory mushrooms with ground beef to create delicious, better-for-you burgers that pack an umami punch. We’ve partnered with the James Beard Foundation to celebrate chefs who are putting innovative blended burgers on their menus. Vote in the Blended Burger Project™ contest before July 31, 2018, to show your favorite restaurant some love.
Curious what kind of blended burgers are in the running this year? Check out these four unique entries:
“The Forager Burger” from The Mill Restaurant and Sports Bar in Milton, WA.
This decadent burger combines Wagyu beef ground in-house with mushrooms from the Olympia Peninsula. Top it off with Jarlsberg cheese, roasted mushrooms and foraged watercress for a fresh kick. As for condiments? We have two words for you: Truffle. Mayo.
“A New Mexico Favorite” from Toltec Brewing in Albuquerque, NM.
This is about as local as it gets, folks. The chef at Toltec Brewing blends New Mexico brisket with roasted cremini mushrooms into a delicious patty. The burger is topped with aged white cheddar, Young Guns New Mexico green chili, ancho mayo, Applewood smoked bacon, a local fried egg and a slice of heirloom tomato. Grab the napkins!
“Black & Blue Burger” from VPT in Chicago, IL.
Beef, mushroom and blue cheese are the perfect pair. VPT blends certified Angus chuck, short rib, brisket and baby portabella mushrooms for a complex flavor profile. This burger is all decked out with Gorgonzola cheese, Kentucky bourbon-glazed walnuts, caramelized onions, arugula and hickory smoked bacon. Need we say more?
“Thai My-Shroom Burger” from The Bearded Chef in Palm Bay, FL.
This is an umami bomb you’ll never forget. The Bearded Chef spikes a beef-pork-mushroom mixture with ginger, lemongrass, cilantro, and birds eye chili for an Asian flavor profile. The unique blend is topped off with spicy Thai ketchup, pickled enoki mayo with mushroom cured egg yolks and smoked maitake bacon. Talk about a fun(gi) burger!
Check out these burgers and many more on the James Beard Foundation website (don’t forget to vote!). Tell us about your favorite blended burger in the comments below!