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The Blended Burger Project™ is a movement that strives to make burgers better by blending ground meat with chopped mushrooms, creating an incredibly delicious patty that’s healthier for your guests and more sustainable for the planet. 

The 2016 Blended Burger Project has concluded. Meet our 2016 winners! 

BareburgerNYC (LaGuardia Place location) – topping its wild boar and sweet tamari mushroom blended burger with picked red onions, crispy mustard greens, and Sriracha vinaigrette.

The Wood’s Kitchen, Bloomingdale, GA – serving up a Worcestershire-glazed double mushroom burger with charred Vidalia onion on a mushroom-salted brioche bun.

Logan’s Underground Supper Club, Memphis, TN – presenting The Mushroom Monster: equal parts portobella mushrooms and ground beef, then seasoned with the restaurant’s own Legends seasoning blend. The burger is topped with fontina cheese, lettuce, tomato, and bacon.

Cedar’s CaféMelbourne, FL – featuring ground beef blended with portobella, shiitake, and cremini mushrooms, topped with pomegranate ketchup, banana pepper–curry mustard, tahini rémoulade, balsamic onions, goat cheese, bacon, spinach, and avocado.

The Orchard Lounge, McAllen, TX – creating a shiitake, chorizo, and beef blend patty, topped with homemade strawberry–fig jam, chipotle aïoli, pickled cucumbers, butter lettuce, a fried egg, bacon, tomato, and string mushrooms.

Here's how the Blended Burger Project works: 

1. Sign up here!

2. Create your "Blended Burger" by blending at least 25 percent fresh and chopped cultivated mushrooms into your burger patty. Learn more about The Blend here.

3. Send a high-res photo of your Blended Burger dish to Michelle Santoro at blendedburger@jamesbeard.org for use in the online voting gallery.

4. Spread the word about the contest and your Blended Burger by creating buzz on social media. Encourage your guests to post your Blended Burger on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Promote the #BlendedBurgerProject hashtag and voting instructions on a chalkboard displayed in the restaurant.

5. Menu the dish throughout the promotion period, which is Memorial Day through July 31, 2016.

6. Ask your customers to vote for your Blended Burger right here on jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject.

The five (5) chefs with the most online votes will win a trip to the historic James Beard House in New York City, where they will cook their Blended Burgers at the welcome reception for the annual JBF Food Conference, taking place October 17 and 18, 2016.  

You'll be able to see which Blended Burgers are receiving the most votes, so be sure to check back often. (Read the official contest rules.)


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