Sauteed Maitake mushrooms is a quick and easy addition that takes your burgers to another level. The combination of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce blends well with the earthy flavor of the Maitake Mushroom. If you’d like, you can substitute ground turkey or ground pork for the beef, just make sure you cook the burgers all the way through. (Serves 4)
1 1/4 pound ground beef
3/4 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 packages Hokto Maitake Mushrooms, ends trimmed
1 teaspoon of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
4 slices cheese of your choice
1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt and pepper. Divide the ground beef mixture into 4 equal parts and shape them into patties, about 1-inch thick.
2. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill fire. Grill the burger patties for 6-8 minutes total, or until desired level of doneness. Alternatively, you can cook the burgers in a frying pan on medium-high heat, 8-10 minutes total.
3. In the meantime, heat a frying pan with the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter starts bubbling, add the garlic and the mushrooms and saute for 2 1/2 minutes, or until the mushrooms have softened. Add in the soy sauce and the Worcestershire sauce and continue to cook for another 1 minute.
4. Assemble the burgers and top with the sauteed mushrooms.