Umami Burger

We don’t eat red meat all that often so this was a treat we were looking forward too.

You begin with sautéing mushrooms and red onion together and then mixing that with a combination of oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, and gochujang. I have to tell you, this smelled great and looked amazing.

The onion and sauce mixture is added to ground beef and shaped into four patties. Dorie tells us to cook in a skillet at high heat for 4 min before flipping and cooking another 3. Ours took longer than that to get the patties done in the middle. I wish we could have bbq’d them but I think they would have crumbled with all the mushroom/onion mixture studded throughout.

I have to ask…any of you other bakers think it odd that Dorie suggested “tasting” the beef and onion mixture before forming into patties to see if you need more salt or pepper?? 😳. I mean me personally…I had on gloves just to mix and make the patties haha there is no way I was “tasting” the raw meat. 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️

We had high hopes for this one…liking everything about it, but husband and I both had the same reaction that the flavor got lost in the bun. It was better when you just ate the patty by itself but even then it was muted. I feel like these would have had more of a punch to put the mushroom/onion mix on top of the patty so you could really taste it. We enjoyed trying these but were underwhelmed by the end result. I do think I will try using the mix though with something else as a topping!

4 thoughts on “Umami Burger

  1. Omg yes I meant to comment on this: “any of you other bakers think it odd that Dorie suggested “tasting” the beef and onion mixture before forming into patties to see if you need more salt or pepper??” That has GOT to be a typo – maybe taste the mushroom mix before you add it after it’s sat for a bit? I know when making sausage you fry a little bit up to see what it tastes like but she didn’t mention this. I had high hopes for this too but found it missing something too…

    • That makes more sense Mardi! I read that line a few times and was like..wow, I would never do that 😂. Seems like we had similar reactions to the burger..could be good with some modifications next time!

  2. Not tasting anything with raw meat in it has to be the best practice at all times. I tasted the mushroom mix and it was very good with an aggressive amount of the sauce. My husband did say that the burger was salty, but he says that about everything. I check and there is salt added in the Beyond Beef, unlike raw beef. So he could be right!

  3. I agree with tasting raw beef, no thank you. I should have added a lot more sauce. We were underwhelmed with this recipe also. My husband likes cheese so he had swiss with his burger.

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