Mushroom “Burgers”

These hearty, healthy “burgers” get an unexpected crunchiness from the addition of oat bran.

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These hearty, healthy “burgers” get an unexpected crunchiness from the addition of oat bran. The burgers call for such accompaniments as a tossed spinach salad garnished with crumbled cheese or garlicky croutons and a simple custard or pudding for dessert. Instead of wine, you might pair these with a flavorful stout ale. See alsoOven French Fries



  • 1 1/2 cups cubed mushrooms (5 oz.), preferably portobellos
  • 3 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 8 oz. low-fat Swiss cheese, such as Jarlsberg, shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbs. vegetable oil for pan-frying
  • Parsley leaves for garnish
  • Shredded cheese for garnish, optional


  1. Combine mushrooms, beaten eggs, oat bran, shredded cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper in large mixing bowl. Shape mixture by hand, pressing ingredients together into burgers.
  2. Heat large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add 2 tablespoons oil, place several burgers at a time in skillet and pan-fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden. Turn over, and pan-fry second side until golden. Remove from heat, and drain on paper towels. Repeat, adding remaining oil, until mixture is gone.
  3. To serve, arrange burgers on plate, and garnish with parsley and cheese, if desired.

Wine Suggestions
These burgers are earthy and comforting. Match them up with a simple side of steamed greens or roasted root vegetables, and you’ve got a super wine-friendly meal. Pinot Noir is especially complementary to mushrooms, and the state of Oregon is home to many superb makers of Pinot Noir.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size Serves 4
  • Calories 230
  • Carbohydrate Content 11 g
  • Cholesterol Content 195 mg
  • Fat Content 12 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 23 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 410 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g
  • Trans Fat Content 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat Content 0 g