Mushrooms for National Burger Month?

Mushrooms for National Burger Month? That’s right: mushrooms are on the menu for National Burger Month.

Mushrooms for National Burger Month Classic Blended Burger

Everyone loves burgers topped with mushrooms, but we’re taking things up a notch by blending mushrooms into burgers (a.k.a. the blended burger).

New to blended burgers? Already love ‘em? Either way, let us help you find the blended burger of your dreams (yes, dreams). How? Just take our super-scientific and accurate (read: not scientific at all) blended burger quiz on blenditarian.com.Quiz: Which Blended Burger Should You Be Eating Right Now

After discovering your perfect blended burger, you’ll unlock directions to enter to win a Ninja Food Processor + a $100 Whole Foods gift card. Does it get any better?

Happy (Blended) Burger Month, mushroom fans!

Recipes to Include Mushrooms for National Burger Month

Don’t need a quiz to tell you what you want to eat? Peruse our recipe library of blended burger recipes and choose the burger (or burgers!) you’ll be grilling up for National Burger Month.

Move over, McWhopper, there’s a new burger in town 🍔

Calling carnivores and vegetarians alike, we’ve got burger recipes for everyone. 

The Big Mac, the Whopper, the… Blended Burger? That’s right! This National Burger Month, we’re stepping into the ring and upping the burger game: more nutrients, more juiciness, more umami. How you ask? Simply by replacing 25 percent or more of the ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms (same texture, better flavor!). Not into meat? Not a problem. We at the Mushroom Channel have been known to make a mighty fine vegetarian burger or two.

And speaking of burgers… the Blended Burger Project™ is back and better than ever. Put your burger-eating pants on, because starting Memorial Day it’s up to you to vote for the best blended burger of them all. What’s in it for you (besides the deep satisfaction that comes with every bite)? Not only will you be helping a chef’s dreams come true (the five chefs with the most votes will win a trip to cook at the James Beard House in NYC), but NEW this year, every time you vote you’ll be entered to win an-expense paid trip for two to NYC!

If you love burgers and winning, follow these easy steps:

  • Encourage your favorite chefs to participate – all restaurant sizes welcome (signup link)
  • Visit participating restaurants in your area and order the blended burger (May 29-July 31)
  • VOTE for your favorite burger: jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject/vote
  • Promote the #BlendedBurgerProject hashtag and your favorite burger through social channels (because it’s nice to spread the love)

Burger Recipes for National Burger Month:

Blended Bison and Mushroom Burger Recipe

Blended Bison and Mushroom Burgers
Blending mushrooms with lean meats, such as bison, is the trick to keeping burgers juicy and tender. Serve these burgers bun free for a protein-packed meal.

Grilled Portobello Burgers Recipe

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo
Marinated in homemade barbecue spice mix, these vegetarian portobello burgers are loaded with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic-chive mayo. Best paired with backyard bbqs.

Italian Turkey Sausage Burger Recipe

Italian Turkey Sausage Sliders
There’s a lot to love about these tiny turkey sausage sliders. Blended with whole baby portabellas and paired with peppers, these bite-sized burgers will satisfy the biggest cravings.

Italian Style Shiitake Pecan Burger Recipe

Italian Style Shiitake Pecan Burger
Here’s one to get a little nuts about: toasted pecans, shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes come together to bring this veggie burger to full flavor.

Shiitake Pork Burger Recipe

Shiitake Pork Burger with Banh Mi Slaw
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes…and in this case, loaded with banh mi slaw. Pork and shiitake mushrooms blend together for an umami-packed flavor experience like you’ve never had before.

Mushroom Haloumi Burgers Recipe

Mushroom Haloumi Burgers
No meat, no bun, no problem! Stack portabella mushroom caps with char-grilled peppers, a thick slice of seared haloumi cheese and caramelized onions.

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The Mushroom Sustainability Story

A new mushroom sustainability study reveals the mighty mushroom not only is healthy on the plate, it’s also gentle on the planet.

The study finds production of a pound of mushrooms requires only 1.8 gallons of water and 1.0 kilowatt hours of energy, and generates only .7 pounds of CO2 equivalent emissions. In addition, the annual average yield of mushrooms is 7.1 pounds per square foot – meaning up to 1 million pounds of mushrooms can be produced on just one acre.

Researched and developed by SureHarvest, a leading sustainability analysis and research firm, The Mushroom Sustainability Story: Water, Energy and Climate Environmental Metrics 2017 study is the result of a two-year initiative to document mushroom production environment metrics.

Mushroom Sustainability Study Findings

Water Required is a Fraction Compared to Other Foods
SureHarvest calculated the overall water footprint per pound of production by collecting information on fresh water applied, precipitation and water embedded in the composting ingredients. The 1.8 gallons of water required to produce a pound of mushrooms is a fraction of water inputs required for many other foods.

Keeping CO2 Emissions and Energy Footprint in Check
To determine the 1.0 kilowatt hours (kWh) energy usage per pound of mushrooms, researchers calculated energy consumed during harvest by converting fuel use by type into kWh, then combined with kWh of electricity use. CO2 equivalent emissions were calculated by tracking total emissions from electricity and fuel used for composting equipment and growing operations (e.g. equipment, heating, cooling, etc.).

Mushrooms’ Small Growing Space Conserves Soil, Nets High Yields
The study calculated the average yield per square foot by measuring more than 42 million square feet of mushroom production area. Each year, growers are able to produce millions of pounds of mushrooms on just a few acres of land. In addition, the soil used to produce mushrooms is made of composted materials. After mushrooms are harvested, the soil is recycled for multiple uses, including potting soil. The 7.1 pounds of mushroom yield per square foot is achieved in part because mushroom beds are stacked vertically in growing facilities, allowing a high volume of mushrooms to be grown in a relatively small space.

Download the complete report.

QUIZ: What’s Your Mushroom Sustainability IQ?

 

 

 

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Take the mushroom sustainability IQ quiz to receive a special promo code, then take the Blenditarian Pledge. For each pledge received by Earth Day (with the promo code), we will donate $0.25 to The Conservation Fund. BONUS: When you pledge, you’ll be entered to win a mushroom mini farm set + a $100 Whole Foods gift card.

Do Better this Earth Month: Pledge to be a Blenditarian

Blenditarians believe that the mighty mushroom has meaty powers to make meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable! Pledge to make ONE meal better this Earth Month by blending in mushrooms (find recipes here).

Head over to Blenditarian.com and pledge to do better.

Official Rules

Download The Mushroom Sustainability Story: Water, Energy, and Climate Environmental Metrics Report

Earthy Mushroom Recipes for Earth Month 🌎

Bring springtime flavors to your plate with delicious, earthy mushroom recipes. 

Happy Earth Month, earthlings! Did you know the mighty mushroom is both healthy on the plate AND gentle on the planet? That’s because fresh mushrooms require minimal land, water and energy to grow. Bonus: they’re delicious! This month, add a healthy helping of earthy mushrooms to your plate with delicious springtime dishes.

Mushrooms mix wonderfully into your salads, taco bowls and brunch recipes for an added umami-punch that you can feel good about. As you enjoy your next mushroom-centric meal, here are some bite-size facts to fuel you this Earth Month.

On average, the production of 1 pound of mushrooms:

  • Requires only 1.8 gallons of water*
  • Requires only 1 kw hours of energy*
  • Generates only .7 pounds of CO2 emissions*
  • Plus, as many as 1 million pounds of mushrooms can grow on just 1 acre!

Download the complete report.

Earthy Mushroom Recipes

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad
Marinated sliced mushrooms add a burst of tanginess and meaty texture to crisp vegetables and creamy herb dressing. Make for your next picnic or spring holiday gathering.

Blended Mushroom Beef Brown Rice Taco Bowls

Mushroom, Beef and Brown Rice Taco Bowls
Lighten Taco Tuesdays by blending mushrooms with your meat. Save time by cooking the beef and mushroom blend in your slow cooker, then top with your favorite ingredients and enjoy.

Seven Minute Mushroom Spring Ramen Bowl

Seven-Minute Spring Ramen Bowl
Update this college staple (without losing the college budget!). Loaded with flavorful veggies and meaty mushrooms, this ramen makes an easy-breezy lunch or dinner in a time crunch.

Blended Greek Baked Eggs

Greek Baked Eggs
Go Mediterranean with a blended baked breakfast: eggs, lamb, mushrooms, kalamata olives, tomatoes, and feta. Delicious for breakfast (or brinner) and full of protein. Opa!

Spring Mushroom Galette

Spring Mushroom Galette
Bring your brunch to life with delicate flavors. Enjoy the earthiness of cremini and white button mushrooms blended with fresh herbs – parsley, chives and thyme – in a springtime galette.

Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls

Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls
It’s not springtime without spring rolls! The meaty flavor of oyster mushrooms adds a nice touch against crisp veggies. Sauté the mushrooms with butter and onions to bring out their flavor.