Global Flavors Shine in the 2018 Blended Burger Project

Have you found a burger near you participating in the 2018 Blended Burger Project?

It’s time to get adventurous with your blended burger! Blended burgers combine savory chopped mushrooms with ground meat for a flavorful, umami-licious burger that’s begging for creative partner ingredients.

We partnered with the James Beard Foundation for the Blended Burger Project™ to celebrate those chefs who are taking inspiration from global cuisine to elevate their blended burgers. Here are five inspiring burgers! Don’t forget to vote in the contest by July 31, 2018 to show your support.

1. Ts-UMAMI Burger from Shoreline Sandwich Company in Corpus Christi, Texas. Craving the flavors of Thailand? This beef and shiitake mushroom burger is seasoned with fish sauce and garlic and topped with green onion, cilantro, basil and mint and a black garlic, lime and honey vinaigrette. The kicker? “Bacon” made from King Oyster Mushrooms. Get ready to ride the umami wave.

2. The Caribbean PorkBello from Voodoo Smokehouse in Lebanon, Tennessee. Portabella ‘shrooms meet pork in this Caribbean dream. The whole thing is topped with Queso de Papa cheese, spicy Voodoo Sauce, cilantro pepper slaw and mango salsa. One bite, and you’ll be transported to white sand beaches.

3. Banh Mi Shiitake Blended Burger from Bar Dojo in Edmonds, Washington. If you’ve ever dreamed of a burger and a Banh Mi—a Vietnamese sandwich served on a baguette—having a baby, then this is the burger for you. Chopped shiitake mushrooms marry ground beef, and the whole thing is topped with a pickled daikon-carrot-pepper slaw. Spicy miso sesame sauce gives the sandwich another umami boost.

4. ARES from Skorpios Miami in Miami, Florida. You’ll be feeling like a Greek god after you eat the ARES burger. Lamb + ground sirloin + chopped Beech mushrooms seasoned with oregano, paprika and garlic = the stuff of legends. This tasty sandwich gets all dressed up with melted Kefalograviera Cheese—a goat’s milk cheese often used in Greek dishes—and pickled red onions, parsley, mint and sumac.

5. Bao Mac from Anoosh Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky. No need to choose between Chinese food and burgers. This shiitake-and-beef blended burger takes its inspo from a classic Big Mac, but replaces the buns with sesame bao, a type of Chinese steamed bun. And guess what? We’re loving it.

Check out these burgers and more on the James Beard Foundation website! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite burger by July 31, 2018. Got an idea for an internationally-inspired blended burger? Share your ideas in the comments!