Ready for summer? Yeah, me too, and that’s why I was excited to whip up these smoky shiitake mushroom burgers.
I decided to be bold and pick up some shiitake mushrooms. I usually go for my usual white button or brown mushrooms – since they are the cheapest. However, I wanted to do a little bit of an experiment.
Besides, I read up on the different types of mushrooms, and I was immediately curious about how shiitake mushrooms are described. Apparently, their flavor and texture profile are much meatier and smokier than their popular counterparts.
They are described as having a woodsy flavor and aroma. They are also so chewy and bouncy – making any dish hearty and full of great textures.
Shiitake mushrooms can be found both dried and fresh, but I opted for the fresh. Let’s get to this mushroom burger recipe!
Smoky Shiitake Mushroom Burgers Recipe
- 1 cup shiitake mushrooms
- ¼ cup uncooked green lentils
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 3 tbsp oat flour
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Salt to taste
- First, throw lentils into a small pot with 1 cup of water. Bring water to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to low so the water is just simmering. Cook for about 30-35 minutes until lentils are tender.
- While the lentils are cooking, rinse mushrooms with water and dice them into small pieces.
- Then, cook mushrooms with soy sauce in a pan for about 5-6 minutes over medium heat. Set aside when done.
- Once the lentils are done cooking, drain any remaining liquid.
- Next, toast your walnuts in a toaster oven for about 4-5 minutes. Keep an eye on it and make sure they don’t burn. You just want them fragrant and a bit darker in color.
- Then, in a blender, add the cooked mushrooms, green lentils, walnuts, oat flour, tomato paste, garlic powder, smoked paprika powder, and a pinch of salt.
- Blend for just about 10-15 seconds, leaving some texture. The texture is fun for veggie burgers – we don’t want these pasty.
- Roll burgers into a ball then flatten them into burger patties. Place on a plate and allow to chill for about 15-30 minutes in the fridge to firm up.
- Finally, spray oil onto a pan. Next, cook the mushroom burgers over medium heat in a pan for about 2 minutes on each side.
Dress the burger however you like!
** This recipe makes 3 small burgers