Recipe: Perfect Shiitake Cheeseburger

It’s practically Summer and I don’t have a grill. I’ve been meaning to make pan fried burgers ever since the warm weather started. After messing with countless different recipes for black bean and beet burgers that turned out mushy, I finally discovered the secret to the most amazing homemade vegan burger of all time. Bonus- They’re insanely easy to make, serve six, and only take about 30 minutes to cook.

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I’ve been slowly working through Isa Chandra’s newest cookbook, ‘Isa Does It’ ever since I got it about two months ago. Everything in there is amazing, but Zack and I were floored when we first tried these burgers. As always, I put my own twist on the burger, subbing porcini mushrooms for shiitake, and adding a few things to the patty, as well as serving with melty cheddar Daiya cheese, because it seemed like a crime not to.

Here’s what you need:
1 oz dried shiitake mushrooms
14 oz extra firm tofu
3 tbsp smooth almond butter
3 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 panko bread crumbs

Hamburger buns
Wedge of Daiya cheddar cheese
Lettuce/onion/avocado for topping

Here’s what you do:

Grind your dried mushrooms in a blender until they become a fine powder. This can take a few minutes depending on the strength of your blender. Give it a break every ten seconds or so.

In a bowl, mash the tofu with your hands and add the almond butter, tamari, nutritional yeast, dried mushroom powder, onion, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper and mix it up. Then, add 1/2 cup of the panko bread crumbs and mix them in until everything holds together.

Preheat a large pan on medium heat, drizzle a small amount of olive oil, enough to cover the bottom of he pan with a little extra.
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Pour the rest of your bread crumbs on a cutting board or sheet of wax paper. Form patties from your mixture abut the size of golf balls and flatten the out with your hands. Cover both sides of the patty in the bread crumbs and place on the pan.

Cook for about 6 minutes on each side, adding a little more olive oil to the pan if needed.

Once the patties are browned on both sides, they’re good to go.

Serve & Enjoy!


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  3. This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it out 🙂

    1. Thank you! Let me know what you think! 🙂

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