Mushroom Burger is type of burger where its patties are made out of mushrooms; it was created in the Philippines by a mushroom grower during thr 1980′s which then started selling mushroom burgers called “Mushroom Burger“ situated in Tagaytay, Philippines. It all started when a customer of them a Swiss Executive Chef commented that mushrooms are more expensive than beef from where he came from and asked why not make burgers out of mushrooms? He wrote down a recipe for a patty made out of mushroom, they immediately made it and the chef declared it was the best burger he ever tasted, and then the rest was history. Now the restaurant offers a lot of dish varieties which uses mushrooms as its primary ingredient, they even have drinks that are made with mushrooms, I sugges to have a look at their menu and see the things they sell.
I remember my first time trying it out when we had a field trip to Tagaytay when I was in High School, and I can still remember that day as on the first bite it was phenomenal I never knew that it is made out of mushrooms as it tastes so good, it can even be better than its beef counterpart. It is now a very popular brand in Tagaytay and a go to destination when you visit the place, the several times I have been there it is jam packed with customers.
For this post I will try to recreate that wonderful healthy burgers, I tried several attempts before this post but cannot get the taste that I wanted, I tried looking online what the recipe is but no luck. Most of the versions I had done before did not contain any meat like the original mushroom burgers, but always got no luck with that so for this version I will add a minimal amount of meat to give it some flavour that I am after and I proud to say I am impressed with this result and here is the recipe for me to share. But for vegetarians just omit the meat and eggs then replace it with any mushrooms of your choice.
Ingredients (Burger Patties)
2 1/2 cups farmers brown or button mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 cup rehydrated shiitake, finely chopped
1 cup lean minced beef
1 cup pinto beans, mashed
1/4 cup flour
1 white onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
freshly ground black pepper
Sandwich Spread (A type of tangy seasoned mayonnaise)
Quickmelt Cheddar Cheese
1. In a bowl mix together all Burger Patty ingredients. Form them into patties then cook in a flat bottomed heavy pan for 4 minutes on each side.
2. Slice burger buns in half then quickly steam until soft and warm.
3. Place a heaping tablespoon of sandwich spread on the bottom of the bun, then in layers add salad greens, a burger patty, cheese slice, another burger patty, another cheese slice, cucumber slice and tomato slice then serve.