This mushroom burger recipe is adapted from "Lisa's Mushroom Burger" in weheartfood.com, and to call it a veggie burger doesn't do it justice. Veggie burger recipes tend to be bland and boring, but this meaty mushroom burger's heft and spice make it anything but.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds mushrooms, roughly chopped (combination of cremini, shiitake and portobello) and Portobello)
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 6 cloves minced garlic
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
- 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large saucepan.
- Saute the mushrooms, onions and garlic over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid boils off and the mushrooms begin to saute.
- In a large bowl, add the mushroom mixture to the oats, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, eggs, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Allow to sit for 15 minutes to develop the flavors.
- Shape into patties.
- Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Fry the patties, cooking about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Serve with your favorite burger toppings.
Mushrooms are fungi, and they get their energy by breaking down and eat dead organic matter. Sounds gross, right? But they are super nutritious and delicious, as long as you don't think about the fungi business. They are low in fat and calories, with a pound having about 125 calories, but high in protein content. That's why they're so often used in veggie burgers or other dishes for a meaty flavor and protein boost but are fine on the vegetarian menu or for anyone who wants to keep an eye on red meat consumption.
Types of Mushrooms
- Button: The small, white mushrooms that you see in abundance in grocery stores are called white button mushrooms. They are mild and earthy, and they are harvested when young.
- Cremini: Creminis are basically just more mature button mushrooms. They are a similar shape but a little bigger and light brown in color. They have a mild flavor but with a bit more depth than a button mushroom.
- Portobello: The portobello is the most mature stage of the button mushroom, and while its flavor is still on the mild side, it's much more meaty. That's why portobellos so often stand in for meat, as they do in veggie burgers.
- Shiitake: The name of this mushroom is a clue to its origin -- it's grown mainly in Japan, Korea and China and is used in Asian cuisine. It has a stronger flavor and a meaty texture, which also make it a good candidate for veggie burgers.