Cheeseburger Pizza

Combine everyone’s two favourite takeout orders into one homemade meal you can feel good about serving thanks to a fifty-fifty split of mushrooms and beef.

Blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat is easy! Mushrooms and ground meat blend seamlessly to add an extra serving of vegetables to the plate by enhancing, extending or replacing the meat. Finely chopped mushrooms look similar and blend seamlessly with meat, so classics can be healthier without losing taste or satisfying texture.

Classic Cheeseburger

The flavour and texture of these burgers will make even the biggest meat lovers think they were made with 100% beef.

Blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat is easy! Mushrooms and ground meat blend seamlessly to add an extra serving of vegetables to the plate by enhancing, extending or replacing the meat. Finely chopped mushrooms look similar and blend seamlessly with meat, so classics can be healthier without losing taste or satisfying texture.

Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Nothing will get the family’s attention like a cheeseburger quesadilla. Filled with all your favourite traditional burger toppings, this fun new way to eat a “cheeseburger” will surely have the kids asking for seconds.

Recipe developed in partnership with Ontario Beef.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

8 oz (227g) fresh crimini mushrooms
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 lb (225g) lean ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
2 cups cheddar cheese
½ small red onion, sliced
2 small roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
¼ cup (60 mL) dill pickles, sliced
1 cup (250 mL) shredded lettuceBurger Sauce:
½ cup (125 mL) Miracle Whip
2 tbsp (30 mL) ketchup
2 tbsp (30 mL) yellow mustard
2 tbsp (30 mL) relish
2 tbsp (30 mL) onion, finely diced
1 tsp (5 mL) white sugar

Method

1. Place mushrooms in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped.
2. In a large saucepan, brown mushrooms until moisture has been released, approximately 5-6 minutes. Add onion, beef and garlic, continue to cook for 10 minutes or until ground beef is cooked through.
3. Meanwhile, combine all burger sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
4. Place one tortilla in the bottom of a dry grill pan. Sprinkle with cheese, red onion, tomatoes, and dill pickles. Spoon on meat mixture. Top with the second tortilla. If your grill pan comes with a Panini press (lid) place preheated press on top of tortilla. If no press is available, carefully flip the quesadilla over using a spatula.
5. Remove from skillet and cut into wedges. Serve topped with fresh shredded lettuce and burger sauce.

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Portabella Swiss Burgers by Foodess

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer from Foodess.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 10 mins. | Makes 8 burgers.

Ingredients

3-4 portabella mushrooms
1 small onion
1 lb lean ground beef
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese, plus 8 very thin slices for topping, if desired.
salt and pepper, to taste
Garlic Aioli (see recipe below)
arugula, thinly sliced red onion, and sliced tomato, for topping (optional)

Method

1. Roughly chop portabella mushrooms and onion and place in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times, until minced.
2. In a large bowl, combine mushroom mixture with ground beef.  Add the Worcestershire sauce, cheese and a dash of salt and pepper.  Stir well to combine.
3. Cook burgers in a preheated pan or a on grill over medium high heat, about 10 minutes** (depending on thickness), flipping once. Top each with a slice of cheese, if desired, and cover pan until cheese melts.
4. Serve each burger on a bun, topped with arugula, red onion, tomato, and garlic aioli.
To make garlic aioli:  combine 1 clove of garlic, finely minced, with 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
**When burgers are cooked, they will have an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) and will no longer be pink inside.

Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Cheddar Burger

This recipe is for a pretty classic burger, but jazzed up with the most synergistically awesome flavour-enhancers of all time: mushrooms, caramelized onions and old cheddar. The caramelized onion part means that the patties are a tad bit more time-consuming than my usual fare. But the time is well, well worth it for the extra flavour punch. Just trust me on this one.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Sarah from Kiwi & Bean.

Prep Time: 45 mins. | Cook Time: 10 mins. | Makes: 8 burgers.

Ingredients

2 pounds good quality ground beef
2 onions, sliced in thin half moons
1/2 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 cup grated extra old cheddar cheese
Few sprigs fresh thyme
Salt and pepper

Method

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the onions, and let them cook, stirring every few minutes, until they are very soft and very brown. If they start to look dry, drizzle in the balsamic vinegar.
2. When the onions are cooked, remove them to a bowl and add the sliced mushrooms to the pan. Do NOT flip them over or even touch them until they turn brown, then flip them and let the other side brown. When they are nice and brown, take them off the heat and dump them into the onion bowl.
3. Let the onion-mushroom mixture cool, and then chop it up very finely. Combine the chopped onion-mushroom mixture with the ground beef, thyme and cheddar. Gently mix it all together with your hands, and then form into 8 burger patties.
4. Season the patties with salt and pepper just before putting them on the grill. Grill them to desired doneness, and serve on buns or lettuce leaves.
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