Who doesn’t love a juicy burger for dinner on a weeknight? I like to throw a burger into my weeknight dinner rotation every once in a while to add some variety and save on my grocery bill. This beef blended mushroom burger is budget-friendly because ground meats are less expensive, and adding in mushrooms increases the volume! Therefore, increasing the number of servings we can get out of one recipe. This recipe is also good for picky eaters because the mushroom in our beef and mushroom burger mimics the texture of ground meat. This beef and mushroom burger is a great option for large families, or when you are hosting a large number of people.
When someone thinks of a burger for dinner, they tend to think this is an unhealthy option. One of the concerns around red meat is the amount of saturated fat and its impact on cholesterol. It’s true, too much red meat can lead to increased cholesterol labs. However, having 4 oz of red meat once per week can fit into a healthy lifestyle. You can improve the quality of a burger by making it at home.
Controlling the portion size is a big contributing factor here. When eating a burger from a restaurant their portion sizes can range from 6-8oz. Compare this to the recommended 4 oz serving size, and no wonder eating burgers out are higher calorie! The cooking method can also significantly impact the quality of a burger. We recommend using lean-cooking methods such as grilling or pan-frying in olive oil.
Mushrooms are an excellent high-fiber, low-cholesterol food to add to recipes if you are trying to reduce your meat intake to improve cholesterol levels. Mushrooms are also a great source of potassium and magnesium, two minerals that can help with manage hypertension! Read our blog, 3 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Think About Mushrooms for more mushroom inspiration!
Beef and Mushroom Burger
- 8-10 oz mushroom cremini and portobello
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 lb beef ground
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce reduced sodium
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425° F. Roughly chop mushrooms and toss in olive oil. Spread in an even layer on a sheet pan and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, until soft. Drain off excess liquid.
- Place mushrooms in food processor and process until it reaches the consistency of ground beef.
- Place ground beef, mushroom mixture, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix with a spatula until well combined.
- Divide beef mixture into 6 equal parts and form into patties. Cook on grill to desired temperature. Serve with choice of bread or lettuce and add desired toppings.
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Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.
An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.