Quaff ON! Better Burger

Dan Nichols

Quaff On! Brewing Co. - Bloomington, IN

Chef Dan Nichols's Better Burger gets a bit of kick from green chilies. 


  • Burger Patties:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 1/2 cups (12 ounces) crimini mushroom, finely chopped 
  • 28 ounces beef blend (50% chuck/25% sirloin/25% brisket), medium grind
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) chopped pimento, liquid pressed out
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) minced roasted green chiles, liquid pressed our
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • Pinch smoked paprika
  • 2 ounces dried porcini mushroom powder
  • For garnish:
  • Triple crème brie
  • Caramelized Spanish onions
  • Beer mustard
  • Baby arugula
  • Sliced vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 4 brioche buns


Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until very tender and paste like, about 10 minutes.

Make the burger patties: in a large stainless mixing bowl, incorporate the mushrooms with all the remaining burger ingredients by hand. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and form into 4 1/2-inch-thick patties. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Cook each burger to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium.

Serve the burgers with the garnishes on the side.


4 burgers