Move over beef and make room for MUSHROOMS. Last week, we picked up an assortment of mushrooms to bring to our friends in New Jersey. Well, with all the other stuff we had to pack up, we forgot to bring the mushrooms. Damn! So now, I’m on a mushroom mission and decided to start off with some type of burger. One of my pet peeves with veggie burgers is that they don’t stick together and squish out of the bun. Since mushrooms contain a lot of water, I decided to saute them with onions, garlic and herbs before adding to the other binding ingredients. Potatoes go nicely with mushrooms, so I microwaved and mashed a few. Then, I threw in a brown rice-quinoa-wild rice blend and toasted walnuts for some contrast in texture. I opted to cook them outside by using a grill pan on the barbeque. As long as I was out there, I might as well grill some onions. Topped off with a squirt of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, these burgers were tasty . . . and they behaved nicely on the bun! I served them with a side of sauteed greens from Kranz Hill CSA (the recipe is from the Clean Start cookbook). Buy the book, try my Mushroom Burgers and make it a Vegi-curious day!
Makes 8 burgers
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 pound mushrooms, chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
1 cup cooked potato, mashed
1 cup cooked brown rice/quinoa blend
½ cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Heat 2 tablespoons of water to non-stick skillet. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened and lightly browned, adding more water to prevent sticking. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until browned, about 5 minutes. Add thyme and ground fennel and cook about 30 seconds. Stir in soy sauce and remove from heat.
In large mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Form into eight burgers, about 1/3 cup each. Bake for about 20 minutes, turning once, until brown on both sides.
Alternate cooking methods:
Lightly coat a non-stick skillet with oil and heat on medium-high. Brown burgers on both sides, about 5 minutes each side.
Lightly coat a non-stick grill pan with oil and place on grill. Pre-heat grill on medium-high. Brown burgers on both sides about 5 minutes each side.
28 May 2015