Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burgers with Tomato Butter Sauce

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant

 

This blend burger combines 12 ounces of maitake mushrooms with 1.25 pounds ground beef and 2 ounces of ground bacon.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

Tomato Butter Sauce:
25 oz whole peeled tomatoes – puréed and strained
4 oz butter, unsalted

Burger Patties:
1⁄4 c olive oil
12 oz maitake mushrooms,
or any mushroom of choice
1 1⁄4 lbs ground beef
2 oz ground bacon
6 oz fresh ricotta
2 oz grated pecorino-romano
1 egg plus 1 yolk
A few swipes fresh nutmeg
4 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 oz fresh breadcrumbs, about 1 slice fresh bread

To Serve:
4 oz Italian provolone picante, shredded
4 brioche hamburger buns Salt to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 ̊F.

Tomato Butter Sauce:
Place tomatoes and butter in a large sauce pot. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes, season gently with salt. Set aside.

Burger Patties:
Break maitake mushrooms into large chunks. Warm a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and mushrooms, cook until tender and golden. Season lightly with salt, cool completely. Place mushrooms in a food processor and pulse several times to 1⁄4-inch pieces.

In a large bowl, combine mushrooms, beef, ground bacon, ricotta, pecorino-romano, eggs, nutmeg, sage leaves, breadcrumbs and 1 3⁄4 tablespoons salt, mix well. Form into four 8-ounce, oval balls. Place patties on an ovenproof tray, atten slightly and spoon over 2⁄3 of the tomato butter sauce. Cover tray with foil and bake for 1 hour, turning the tray 180 degrees after 30 minutes.

To serve, toast brioche buns, place a warm burger patty on bun, top with 1-ounce provolone cheese and warm sauce. Top with bun and serve.

 

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