(Photo courtesy of James Beard Foundation)
For the first time ever, blended burgers are available on restaurant menus in all 50 U.S. states.
Through July 31, as part of the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, customers can find blended burgers served at more than 400 restaurants nationwide, according to a news release.
Each participating restaurant is serving its own version of a blended burger — blending chopped mushrooms with any ground protein in at least a 25/75% ratio.
“The fact that restaurants in every corner of the country are serving blended burgers proves the trend is taking hold,” Bart Minor, president and CEO of the Mushroom Council, said in the release. The council is comprised of fresh market producers or importers who average more than 50,000 pounds of mushrooms produced or imported annually.
A panel of judges will review the top 25 vote recipients, selecting five finalists who will each receive $5,000 and serve their burger at a Blended Burger Project celebration in October at the James Beard House in New York City.