James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project


For the second year in a row, the James Beard Foundation is hosting a national challenge to create more delicious, nutritious and sustainable burgers by blending mushrooms and meat. It’s called the

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Blended Burger Project. The mission behind the challenge is to get chefs across the country to re-think how they make meat burgers by incorporating another ingredient — mushrooms — to create a delicious burger that is healthier and more sustainable for the planet.

Each burger recipe must incorporate a minimum of 25 percent fresh, chopped mushrooms. Chefs then promote their burger through their menu, restaurant website and social media to garner online votes. The five chefs with the most votes get to travel to the historic James Beard House and prepare their burger. The challenge runs from May 30 through July 31.

To find a Blended Burger Project competitor near you and try their delicious creation, head to the challenge website and click on “Participants.”

In the meantime, why not try creating your own blended burger using this easy classic blended burger recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council and the Culinary Institute of America. #BlendedBurgerProject

Classic Blended Burger

Author: Live Naturally Magazine
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Serves: 8 4-ounce servings
This recipe comes courtesy of the Culinary Institute of America and the Mushroom Council.


  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound white button mushrooms, ground
  • 1 pound ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt


  1. Place a 12 inch frying pan over medium heat, add oil. Once the oil is warm, add the mushrooms and stir to coat.
  2. Add half of the salt to the mushrooms, and cook stirring occasionally until most of the moisture has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the ground meat and remaining salt. Stir well to break up the meat, and sauté until the meat is cooked through, about another 10 minutes.
  4. Add water as needed if mixture is dry. Use in recipes as you would use ground meat.




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