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Upgrade Your Picnic Table with Mushrooms

Make ‘shroom for mushrooms at your picnic table this summer! From meaty main courses to savory sides, mushrooms’ inherent umami adds a punch of flavor to all of your favorite summertime recipes. Upgrade a classic potato salad by mixing in tender white button mushrooms, or make your burgers even better by blending your favorite mushroom variety with your favorite protein.

Did you know that mushrooms are the only non-animal food source of vitamin D? After soaking up some rays (UV-B) post-harvest, the portabella variety delivers 94% of your daily value of Vitamin D. That’s in one serving! They also are an excellent source of selenium (22%DV) and contain 9% potassium. Bonus: mushrooms are low in fat and calories – helping you maintain a healthy diet all summer long.

Use the summertime mushroom recipes below to begin planning your next backyard bbq!

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Don’t forget to vote for your favorite blended burger as a part of The James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project going on now through July 31st.

Summertime Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom and Chive Potato Salad
Add a twist to your usual picnic side dishes! This mayo-free potato salad is dressed in a mustard and chive vinaigrette and filled with tender mushrooms.

Blended Bison and Mushroom Burgers
Watching your waistline? This burger blends lean bison with low calorie white button mushrooms. Swap the bun for a lettuce wrap to make it carb-free!

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad
Savor the flavors of summer produce by combining crisp veggies and meaty mushrooms for a refreshing and tangy twist on a classic.

Veal Mushroom Slider
The sliders may be bite-sized, but they’re bursting with flavor! Blend finely chopped mushrooms with ground veal and simple seasons, then top with rich caramelized onions and more mushrooms.

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo
These vegetarian portobello burgers are loaded with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic-chive mayo. Cook them on the grill to add a delicious bit of char.

Blenditarian Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs

Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs
You had us at bacon. Turn up the sweetness on your summer appetizers with chicken, bacon and button mushroom blended meatballs.

Stab, skewer and stack your summer ‘shrooms

Your backyard barbecues just got a whole lot tastier thanks to these summer mushroom recipes.

It’s time to go fork free: this summer, we are all about putting mushrooms on a stick! Kabobs are the perfect appetizer or entrée for summer entertaining. Hosting a backyard bbq? Set out skewers and let guests mix-and-match their grillables by layering flavorful mushrooms, fresh veggies and marinated meats.

Meat lovers know that steak and mushrooms pair deliciously, but try a “lighter” take by blending mushrooms with beef for a delicious blended kefta kabob. Peppers, onions and tomatoes are also tried-and-true stackables, but try this new flavor combo: teriyaki-basted portabellas with pineapple. Whatever you stack, make sure mushrooms are in the mix!

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Summer Mushroom Recipes

Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kebabs

Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kabobs
Keep it classic with marinated steak, mushroom and potato kabobs. White buttons are the perfect variety for the skewer as they hold up well on the grill and take on the flavor of the marinade.

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs
Combine tangy teriyaki sauce, sweet, juicy pineapples and meaty mushrooms in this delicious meatless kabob recipe – perfect for an afternoon of backyard entertaining.

Blended Beef-Mushroom Kefta Kebob

Easy Mushroom Kefta Kabob
Embrace your inner blenditarian this summer with Middle Eastern keftas that combine juicy minced beef with crimini mushrooms.

Grilled Mushroom Kabobs
Stack up your skewer with fresh mushrooms and other summertime veggies for a meat-free kabob packed with flavor.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms
Beat the heat and step away from the stovetop. Slow cooked, bbq-marinated mushrooms make summer apps a breeze: set out toothpicks and let guests grab and go!

Japanese Chicken Pork Mushroom Blended Meatballs Ponzu Glaze

Japanese Blended Meatballs with Ponzu Glaze
These chicken-pork-mushroom blended meatballs are perfect for a crowd. Serve with a caramelized ponzu glaze for some seriously savory bites!

The Blended Burger Project is Back!

The Mushroom Council and James Beard Foundation have teamed up for the third annual Blended Burger Project.

The Blended Burger Project is back and better than ever! The challenge launches Memorial Day and runs through July 31. During that time, diners can visit hundreds of restaurants taking part to create a more delicious, nutritious and sustainable burger. Each chef/restaurant will create and serve their unique spin on a blended burger: at least 25 percent finely chopped mushrooms blended with meat.

New this Year: Each time you vote for your favorite blended burger you’ll be entered to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to New York City!

Here’s how to take part in the Blended Burger Project:

1. Find and visit a participating restaurant near you and order the featured blended burger
2. Vote for your favorite burger online
3. Promote the #BlendedBurgerProject and your favorite burger through social channels

One randomly selected voter will win – so vote and vote often!

Chefs from the five restaurants with the most online votes will also win a trip to New York City to cook at the historic James Beard House.

Join us this summer for a delicious battle of blended burgers. Find a participating restaurant near you and let the burger eating begin!

Chefs and diners can learn more about participating at jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject.

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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