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Game Day Blend Playbook: How To Make the Perfect Burgers

Bring your A-game to the pre-game. Click through our #GameDayBlend Playbook below to help perfect your blended burgers this tailgating season! Looking for the big picture? View the full Game Day Blend Playbook.

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Enter Your #GameDayBlend

Don’t forget to throw blended burgers on the grill at your parties this October for a chance to win the ultimate tailgate prize pack!

How To Play:
1. Serve blended burgers (get recipes here!) at all of your tailgate parties in October.
2. Post your party pics to Instagram with the hashtag #GameDayBlend (no limit on # of entries).
3. At the end of the month, we’ll choose one lucky tailgater to win the Ultimate Tailgate Prize Pack!

Get the details and official rules here.


WATCH: Tailgate with Billy’s Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

Get your friends excited about tailgating season and serve up these crowd-pleasing Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms from Billy Parisi.


Football is in full effect and I couldn’t be any happier.  I love all things tailgating and comfort food, so what better to serve up than these Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms. They are incredibly easy to make, absolutely delicious and are sure to be the hit at your next tailgate. I’m all about packing a ton of flavor into little bites, and these stuffed up mushrooms do exactly that. They truly deliver a lot of flavor in just one bite.

You’ve got mushrooms, you’ve got bacon, you’ve got Italian sausage, how on earth could any of this go wrong? Not to mention, bacon and mushrooms are bursting with delicious umami flavor – forcing you to go back for more to quench your taste buds. I love this recipe and not just because it’s easy but also because I get to use the whole mushroom. Once the stems are removed, I like to process them in a food processor until they are finely chopped, and then fold them into the loose Italian sausage for a more mushroomy flavor.

From here on out, it’s all about stuffing up the mushrooms. Just as a note, you won’t need as much Italian sausage as you might think, so don’t go overboard buying pounds of it. Once you’ve added a small amount to the mushroom caps, top off with some boursin cream cheese and sprinkle on some bread crumbs. Honestly, these guys would be a hit just like this, but wrap’em up in bacon just because!

Cook the mushrooms until the bacon is nice and crispy, which takes about 30 minutes or so at 400°. Once they’re done do your best not to eat all of them! Let me know how you like ’em!


Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

Makes 22 stuffed mushrooms

  • 22 domestic mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound of loose Italian sausage
  • ½ cup of boursin cream cheese
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 11 strips of bacon, cut in half
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and place them in a food processor and process on high speed until they are finely chopped.
  3. Fold the chopped steams in with the Italian sausage until combined.
  4. Next, place the mushrooms gill side up on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and drizzle on olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stuff the mushrooms with a small amount of the Italian Sausage-Mushroom blend until it’s all gone.
  6. Layer on a small amount of the boursin cheese and then sprinkle on the bread crumbs.
  7. Finish by completely wrapping the mushroom in bacon and baking it at 400° for 30 to 35 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.
  8. Serve hot!

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup for the Win!

Jump start soup season with a delicious blenditarian Mushroom Meatball Mexican Soup from Chez Us.


One of the most exciting things about switching seasons from summer to fall is that it is officially soup season!  The weather is beginning to cool off, I start to unpack big wooly sweaters and blankets for the house, and comfort food – particularly soup – creeps into my mind.  We eat a lot of soup around our house once the temperatures cool off, and nothings say comfort like a big bowl of this Mexican Meatball Soup.

This recipe is not lacking in flavor or mushrooms.  Blended meatballs are made with a mixture of ground beef, pork and finely chopped mushrooms using The Blend, and then flavored with our favorite dried taco seasoning.  The broth is loaded with more mushrooms as well as heat from jalapeños.  Simmering the meatballs in the broth not only cooks them but adds so much more flavor.  All that is left is some garnish of fresh cilantro, avocado, and cheese.

Save an extra bowl for yourself to enjoy the next day at lunch, as this soup gets better over night!


Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe

Serves 6 – 8


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound of cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup panko
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite powdered taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 jalapeño, no seeds and finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound of sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed out
  • 1 14.5 ounce can kidney beans
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • a large avocado, cut into dice
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • cilantro, garnish
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

How To:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, pork and chopped mushrooms, along with the panko, egg and taco seasoning. Mix well.
  • Form into medium-sized meatballs and set aside.
  • Place a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil and onion.  Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, jalapeño and sliced mushrooms, stir and cook over medium-low heat for 7 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, stock, corn and kidney beans and stir.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and gently place the meatballs into the hot broth.  Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, then tear the 1/2 bunch of cilantro into the soup.  Stir.
  • Place soup into a serving bowl, top with some cheese, avocado and cilantro.  Squeeze a wedge of lime into the soup.
  • Serve.
  • Eat.

Event Recap: FEAST Smoked!

The pouring rain and soggy grass didn’t stop Portlanders from wanting a taste of Chef Hugh Acheson’s blended burger at FEAST Smoked! this year. Smoked!, the only FEAST event to solely focus on grilled meats and vegetables, is a foodie dream. Some of the best chefs from Portland and beyond set up shop at The Fields Park in The Pearl District for the northwest’s famous culinary event. Featuring everything from smoked sweet breads and duck-heart kebabs to goat tacos, there was no shortage of adventurous eats.


The crowd favorite? The Top Chef Judge’s Cremini-Lamb Burger with charred scallions, Boursin Cheese, pickles and fresh tomato. The line was wrapped around the corner as Hugh and his team busily served the freshly-made burgers to hungry patrons. One bite of this juicy, umami-packed burger and they were hooked.hugh-2

Big thanks to Hugh Acheson and his team for making this an event to remember!

Didn’t get enough of the Cremini-Lamb Burger at FEAST? Click here for the recipe!

Chef Spotlight: Michael Gottlieb, Wood’s Kitchen

Meet Michael Gottlieb, co-chef at Wood’s Kitchen in Bloomingdale, GA and one of five winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project. He is a part of our Chef Spotlight series, which offers a behind-the-kitchen look at the inspiration behind chef-created blended burgers.


Born into a food family that’s been operating in Georgia since 1870, Chef Michael Gottlieb and his brother, Laurence Gottlieb are co-chefs at Wood’s Kitchen, a southern-rooted BBQ restaurant with Gullah and Cajun/Creole inspirations.

His motivation for participating in this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project? “It was an opportunity to bring something a little healthier to our menu and educate our customers how eating a touch healthier can still be fun!” They had a great experience right out if the gate and really loved how their community supported them and their blended burger from start to finish.

Their blended burger is a mouth-watering Worcestershire Glazed Double Mushroom Burger with Charred Vidalia Onions served on a Mushroom Salted Brioche Bun. The burger uses Hunter Cattle “Wood’s Blend” ground beef, a rich earthy local beef, and cremini mushrooms.

Michael and his brother enjoy cooking with mushrooms given the flavor and textures differ from variety to variety. “We love cooking with chanterelle, morels, and Hen of the Woods – but they are all so good it’s hard to pick a favorite.”