Mushroom Quinoa Veggie Burger

Yield makes about 6 burgers
RECIPE Ingredients
  • 1 pound Organic Chef’s Mix Mushrooms, rough chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Black Truffle Butter
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup quinoa, rinsed very well
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can organic black eyed peas, drained
  • 2/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Porcini Mushroom Powder
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 cloves black garlic, finely chopped
  • Olive oil, for searing
  • 4 slices your favorite cheese
  • 4 burger buns
  • Lettuce, tomato, sprouts, avocado (optional)
Recipe notes
Here's an easy recipe to make umami-rich, protein-packed veggie burgers at home with our organic and wild mushrooms. Black garlic mayonnaise brings out the smoky sweetness.
RECIPE Preparation
  1. Pulse mushrooms in a food processor until cut into pea-sized pieces. Heat truffle butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Cook mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until they’ve expressed all of their water and are dry, about 15-20 minutes. Add thyme. Turn heat up to high and sauté until browned, about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Add quinoa and water to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. After about 1 minute, turn heat down to low and cover; simmer until quinoa has absorbed all the water and is fluffy. Spread quinoa in a thin layer on a sheet pan to cool completely and dry out a bit.
  3. Add mushrooms and quinoa to the food processor, with ½ of the black eyed peas. Puree until smooth.
  4. Empty mushroom mixture into a mixing bowl. Add remaining black eyed peas, breadcrumbs, egg, smoked paprika, and porcini powder; season with salt and pepper. Mix well until completely combined. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  5. Meanwhile, take half of the black garlic and mash until smooth (add a teeny bit of hot water if garlic is too hard or dry). Stir in mayonnaise and remaining black garlic. Refrigerate until needed.
  6. When ready to cook, form patties (about 6 ounces each) and set on parchment paper. Season each side with salt and pepper.
  7. Heat a little olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or griddle. Cook patties until browned and crisp on each side, about 6-8 minutes total. Just before patties are done, add a slice of cheese to each and cover to melt.
  8. Dress buns with black garlic mayo and your choice of veggies. Add patties and serve immediately.

Recipe tips: if mixture seems too wet, add additional bread crumbs. Black garlic can be found in the dry goods section of most Asian markets.