Normally I do not mess around too much with burgers because there are decent burgers all around. Personally, I love Fuddruckers and I enjoy In-N-Out… but I have come up with two burgers that can hold their own. My first burger, which I will probably share sometime in the future is a Western Style Jalapeño Stuffed Burger. My second burger is the Shiitake Mushroom Burger here, I made this one right after I started to love mushrooms. When I was a kid, I hated mushrooms (even onions) but in my college years I started developing a taste for them (both) and now I love cooking and eating all types of mushrooms. My favorite are Shiitake and Portobello.
Here are some tips on how to put together your own Shiitake Mushroom Burger:
- Use good meat to make your paddy (80/20, you need the fat or your burger will be dry) and if possible, buy chuck and grind it fresh.
- Either season your paddy or mix in some Worcestershire sauce right before you form the paddy.
- Only flip your paddy once… don’t keep flipping it back and forth (sloppy and it will fall apart)
- Once the paddy is almost done, add the shredded Pepper Jack Cheese, then toss a piece of butter next to the paddy and cover with either a bowl or a lid to steam the cheese onto the paddy.
- Don’t buy pre-shredded cheese (unless you are going to use it all in one meal. Shredded cheese never tastes as good as the real stuff).
- Use either green or red lettuce, not iceberg… you want the stronger taste, iceberg is better when you just want a crispy texture… not for this burger.
- If you use dry Shiitake mushrooms, then hydrate them in warm water… After the mushrooms are hydrated, you can use a Tbsp of that water instead of the butter to steam your paddy and cheese.
- Since you want to taste the Shiitake, don’t use a overpowering sauce. I just mixed ketchup and mayo with a bit of black pepper. you can even use just mayo if you want, just nothing too strong.
- Remember to toast your buns, and if you are like me then you will want to add some butter.
Well, that is all you have to do to make a delicious Shiitake Mushroom Burger. If you are the type that needs a strict recipe, then you will have to go Google a recipe. I’ve been cooking since I was 5 years old, so I don’t really use recipes. As long as you understand how to cook, know the basic principles and techniques… then recipes are just cheat sheets… which I don’t use… ENJOY!