Ambassador of the month

Bart Minor

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Meet Bart Minor, president of the Mushroom Council and tireless advocate for making great burgers even better by blending with mushrooms.

“I grill for flavor – and I’m always looking for ways to make my favorite grilled food – the burger – taste better. Mushrooms are the answer. Just chop up your favorite fresh mushrooms, blend them with ground meat, and cook over your grill like you would any other burger. I keep it simple by mixing an 8 oz. carton of mushrooms with 1 lb. of meat. Mushrooms’ umami combined with the great charred flavor from the grill makes the burger a flavor powerhouse – plus mushrooms hold in that moisture, which is always great for grilling. No dried-out burgers on my grates.

Once you blend mushrooms into your meat, it will be your default burger recipe. I really believe that – and it’s one reason we at the Mushroom Council are supporting a summer-long program – the James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project™ –  featuring chefs competing with their own blended take on the iconic burger. Try one near you. Blended burgers have also been served everywhere from K-12 schools to Sturgis, and from SONIC to university cafeterias. You can even find them in your grocers’ frozen case. The best blended burger, however, is the one you make on your own, for your family and friends, in your backyard over the flame.” – Bart Minor

Try Bart’s Classic Blended Burger recipe.

Blended burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion on a sesame seed bun.


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