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Shiitake Marsala Bugers

Posted Apr 23 2009 5:28pm
Today I'm cooking with the SuperFood Shiitake Mushrooms. I couldn't find any good recipes, so I decided to make one up on my own. I had some ground beef in the freezer that needed to be used, so I thought burgers would be great. Since I use really lean ground beef (96%), I try to add moisture to it, and what has more moisture than mushrooms?! I thought adding some chopped and sauteed in the mix, then topping it with mushrooms would be great. I also love marsala with mushrooms, so I thought that would add even more delicious flavor. These burgers were a bit too moist, and one crumbled a bit, so next time I might add some ground oats to bind it a bit more.

Shiitake Marsala Burgers

1 tsp. EVOO
16 organic shiitake mushrooms, divided
1 small yellow onion, minced
1/2 c. dry marsala, divided
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. grill seasoning
1 tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
8 oz. 96% lean ground beef

2 pitas, sliced in half
4 slices of Swiss cheese
Dijon mustard

Mince 8 of the shiitake mushrooms.
Heat a skillet over medium-low, add the EVOO, mushrooms and onion.
Sautee for 5 minutes, or until the moisture is cooked out.
Turn heat to high, add 1/4 c. marsala wine.
Cook marsala off completely.
Add mushroom mix to a mixing bowl. Cool for 5 minutes.
Slice remaining mushrooms, add to pan and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.
Add remaining wine, cook off, place mushrooms in a dish and set aside.
Add ground beef, thyme and worchestershire to the minced mushrooms/onions.
Gently mix, form into 4 patties.
Heat skillet over medium heat, add patties.
Cook for 5 minutes, flip, top with mushrooms and swiss.
Cook next side for 5 minutes.
Slide into pitas, top with mustard.

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