Where to Try the Local Burgers Participating in the James Beard Blended Burger Project


  • Courtesy of Tatu's Food Debauchery

Three local chefs are vying for a chance to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. The task: submitted a burger made using 25 percent fresh and chopped cultivated mushrooms in the  patty and urging followers to vote said burger into the top 5.

The James Beard Foundation and the Mushroom Council teams up for The Blended Burger Project annually, to help encourage sustainability and nutrition with the addition of mushrooms into burger patties. This year, three San Antonio chefs have thrown their names and burgers into the ring.

Chef Tatu Herrera, of Tatu's Food Debauchery currently sits at No. 6 with his Dragon Burger (pictured above), a beef and mushroom patty with chicharron aioli, pickled mushrooms on a psychedelic pretzel bun. You can get get a taste for the burger during Tatu's pop-up with local favorite known for its love of everything colorful on Sunday, June 25. Honeysuckle will pair its unicorn milkshakes with the Dragon Burger during two seatings, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., at Amaya's Cocina (1502 E. Commerce St.) Tickets for the seatings are$22 per person and available through eventbrite.com. Vote for Herrera's burger here.
  • Courtesy of Box Street Social
Edward Garcia III of Box Street Social is showcasing his burger with weekly Wednesday lunches at Estate Coffee Co. (1320 E. Houston St.) through July 26. The entry, a blend of house ground brisket, angus chuck and baby bella mushrooms is served on a toasted sesame seed bun spread with a house-made roasted garlic mayo, and topped with melted cheddar cheese, spring greens and a smokey bacon jam. The truck will serve the burgers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the East Side coffee shop. Vote for Garcia's burger here.
  • Courtesy of Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms

Finally, chef Jeff White of Boiler House threw his hat in the ring with an on-brand burger that features everything but the kitchen sink. Try it at Boiler House (312 Pearl Pkwy.) and feast on the “Operation Swine Grind” Smoked butter burger with a house-ground mixture of pork shoulder, pork belly, smoked butter and shiitake & cremini mushrooms, topped off with a mushroom steak sauce, Taleggio cheese, house pickles, marinated onion escabeche, chicken fat mayo and a sunny side egg. Vote for White's burger here.

Voting will continue through July 31 and can be done daily.

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