So there is something you should know about me. I’m a fungi. I love mushrooms. Turns out mushrooms are more polarising than I thought but as a weekday vegetarian they are my staple (that and eggplant). My fave mushroom dish of the moment are these fab, flash and healthy baked mushroom burgers. Yum-mayAugust.
My first ever mushroom burger was sah fancy, it was a beetroot bun with goats cheese and crumbed mushroom and could only be described as expensive and unachievable. So I spent the better part of a year recreating it in a $10 Food challenge way. Also a burger without chips is a world without air so… oven fries to boot! Et Voila.
What you need:
2 flat mushrooms
4 burger buns
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
¼ cup of plain flour
1 egg (beaten)
something green – lettuce, cabbage etc
4 slices of cheese
2 pinches of each cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika (optional)
other condiments of choice – may I suggest kewpie mayo, spiced beetroot relish
Let’s do this:
- Slice your mushies in half lengthways. This will help the mushies cook and make the burgers a more manageable size. It’s not necessary but if you don’t do this buy a mushroom per person.
- Set up a production line and place your egg, flour and breadcrumbs in separate shallow bowls.
- Mix the spices in the flour for an added pow.
- Place the mushrooms first in the flour, then the egg bath, then the bread crumb*
- Place the mushrooms on a piece of baking paper and cook for 20 minutes – the mushrooms will sweat and then dry out, if you want extra crisp you can flip the mushies halfway through.
- A few minutes before the mushrooms are ready slice the bread and grill or toast if that’s your thang (it’s my thang).
- Once cooked place a slice of cheese on each crumbed mushroom and grill until melted.
- Compile the burger any which way you want – my way is kewpie spread on one side of the bun, mushroom, tomato slice, lettuce/cabbage, beetroot relish, bread top.
These little babies are delightful and a great vegetarian burger even for a meat lover. I have fully converted 70% of my friends.
OMG I FORGOT THE CHIPS.
Check out the recipe for them hot potatoes [coming soon].
This recipe makes 4 burgers. Priced at the most expensive pricing from the two major Australian supermarkets as at 26 July 2017 it will cost $4.30 a serve or $17.20 for four, with cheese to spare– not including condiments and with breadcrumbs, flour, eggs and spices being pantry staples.
*when lazy, I tend to just sprinkle the flour and breadcrumb on to the mushrooms on the baking tray… so then I just use one bowl.