Shiitake Mushroom Burger

Shitoki Mushroom Burger

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!

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Sr. Manager eCommerce Innovation at Taco Bell
Ever since I was 5 years old my mom had me helping out in the kitchen.So it didn’t come as a surprise that I ended up loving food.Whether eating, cooking, smelling, seeing, or reviewing I enjoy all aspects of food.
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Ever since I was 5 years old my mom had me helping out in the kitchen. So it didn’t come as a surprise that I ended up loving food. Whether eating, cooking, smelling, seeing, or reviewing I enjoy all aspects of food.