Makes: 6 Burger Patties | Total Time: 25 Minutes
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I love cooking with essential oils, especially when access to fresh, home grown herbs isn’t always easy (like here in Wisconsin where the winters can drag on for up to six months). Using essential oils in cooking instead of fresh herbs has more than health benefits; a bottle won’t go bad for months, which will save you money.
When I first came up with this recipe, it was summer and we were living in our first house in the city. I wanted easy, healthy food to cook at home, and this homemade burger recipe is exactly that – it’s an easy meal (under 30 minutes) so you can get outside and enjoy the lovely weather already!
Although these healthy hamburger patties grill well, they can be made in a skillet just as easily. Char broiling? Reduce the cook time by half and go from there. (You don’t want hockey pucks). If you like your burgers greasy like I do, douse them in some more olive oil while they finish up in the skillet. (Make sure to turn your range hood on because olive oil can get smoky.)
Now as the story goes (and it goes this way a lot more often than I would like it to), when this recipe was born I had a bunch of mixed mushrooms that needed to be used up. Yeah… I admit it… I kind of forgot about them and they weren’t looking too happy from their place shoved way back in the crisper drawer of my fridge.
Old mushrooms work great for this beef and mushroom burger recipe, though; they kind of ‘hide out’ in the meat.
Imagine that – mushrooms working behind the scenes will bring you the best flavors ever, and they’ll be happy-dancing now because they won’t go to waste.
I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of burgers sans bun. Feel free to use buns if you want, but plating these mushroom beef burgers with all the summer-like trimmings feels a little classier to me. These awesome hamburger patties are meaty and filling, so you won’t even miss the bun. Just scatter some arugula on a plate instead, top with a couple of burger patties, add a dollop of mayo and drizzle with sriracha. Lay some sliced red onion on the side and ta-dah!
Easy gourmet burgers are now yours to serve.
But… why should the goodness be limited to summer?
The answer is, it shouldn’t. I have been making these burgers all year round because they are soooooooo easy to make. I make them for our date night dinners at home… not only can they dress fancy (gravy is the little black dress for burgers), but less time in the kitchen means more time with Mark. When we’re snuggling in during the winter months, I’ll make these burgers but instead of arugula, mayo, sriracha and crisp red onion, I lay a patty over a generous helping of mashed potatoes, drizzle it with mushroom or beef gravy, lay on a another patty, drizzle on some more gravy, then sprinkle with fresh parsley (yes, dried works too.)
When it comes right down to it. you can dress these babies up however you want. I imagine they would pair well with ketchup and mustard (take ’em out to the ball game), or maybe creamed horseradish (dance party!), or even just a radish (walks on the beach)…
Once you’ve gotten to the meat of the matter, the rest is gravy!
This recipe uses essential oils.
If you want to use the actual ingredients instead, please refer to the easy-to-use Essential Oil Conversion Chart.
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Mushroom Beef Burgers
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon cola
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil divided
- 3 drops rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops frankincense essential oil
- 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms of your choice
- ¼ cup (1 small) yellow onion finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pound ground beef
- baby arugula for serving summertime
- mayonnaise for serving summertime
- sliced red onion for serving summertime
- sriracha for serving summertime
- mashed potatoes for serving wintertime
- chopped fresh parsley for serving wintertime
- Combine the heavy cream, cola and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk the essential oils into 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil and whisk to thoroughly combine, then whisk the oils into the cream mixture. Set aside.
- Add the mushrooms, onion, salt and pepper to a large bowl and mix together. Next, add the cream mixture and mix just enough to combine. Finally, add the ground beef and use your hands to combine everything together until it is just mixed. Do not over mix!
- Cut a sheet of waxed paper into 7 squares that are each about 7 inches long. Place one sheet on a plate and set aside.
- Divide the meat mixture into 6 equal parts. Take one part and form it into a ball; it should be about the size of a baseball. Carefully flatten the meatball into a round patty and place it on the plate prepared with the waxed paper. Use your fingers and the palm of your hand to finish shaping the patty. When done, it should be about 5 inches in diameter and between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick. Lay another sheet of waxed paper over the patty and repeat with the remaining pieces of meat mixture, ending with a sheet of waxed paper on top. The hamburgers can be chilled in the refrigerator for up to a day. If you decide to make them ahead, place them in a ziplock bag with the waxed paper in place and keep the sealed bag flat until you are ready to use them.
- When you are ready to cook the burgers, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil a large cast iron skillet over high until just beginning to smoke, then lower the heat to medium-high. Place as many burgers as you can fit comfortably into the skillet and place a second, smaller cast iron skillet over the burgers to keep them flat while they cook. A grill press works well, too, but I find that using a 12-inch skillet over a 13-inch one covers all the burgers at the same time – so efficient! Check the burgers after 2 minutes and if the tops are still very pink, continue to cook for another minute or two, or until the edges are brown. Flip the burgers, place the skillet on top of them, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until done to your liking. Two minutes on each side will give a medium-rare burger, 3 minutes medium-well. Keep your oven mitts handy because you will want to keep an eye on them as they cook. Don't worry if the skillet has a lot of moisture in the bottom, this is just the excess cream getting pressed out. It is what makes the burgers so soft and juicy as they cook in this flavor-infused liquid.
- There are two ways I like to serve these hamburgers: the summer way and the winter way! To serve them up summer-like, prepare plates by dressing them with a layer of baby arugula. Place a burger (or two) on top of the arugula, add a dollop of mayonnaise on the burger, and drizzle everything with sriracha. Garnish with slices of red onion. To serve these burgers winter-like, spoon mashed potatoes into the center of the plates, place a burger (or two) on top of the potatoes, and top it all with brown or mushroom gravy.