Taste of the Ozarks recipe: Grilling mushrooms, burgers and spaghetti squash (5/13/16)

Published: May. 13, 2016 at 8:34 AM CDT
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On this Fit Friday, KY3's Paul Adler checks out a mushroom burger recipe with dietitian Jessica Miller.

She wrote up these details on the recipe:

Simply chop the mushrooms to match the texture of your ground meat. It could be – beef, pork, chicken or turkey. Use the mushrooms in place of some of the meat in any of these recipes; burgers, tacos, meatloaf, lasagna, pasta sauce, or meatballs. This will make every day dishes more healthful and delicious. This technique is referred to as "The Blend."

Classic Blended Burger

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Servings: 4

*Ingredients 1/2 pound crimini or white button mushrooms

*2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

*1 pound ground beef

*1/2 teaspoon salt

*4 buns

Directions: Finely dice mushrooms or gently pulse in food processor. In skillet, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium-high heat and add mushrooms, sautéing 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes. Transfer cooled mushrooms to medium bowl. Add ground beef and salt, mixing until combined. Make 4 patties. Add remaining tablespoon of olive oil to pan and cook burger patties on medium-high heat until desired doneness or cook on hot grill. Plate and add desired toppings to bun. Topping recommendations: feta cheese, sweet peppers and sautéed red onions.

Vegetables are also great on the grill during the Summer. Many veggies are in season during Summer which means they're at the peak of their nutritional content when ripe. For this segment we used our Organically grown spaghetti squash you can find in produce sections.

Grilled Spaghetti Squash


*1 spaghetti squash

*olive oil liberally drizzled

*salt to taste

*pepper to taste

*4-6 garlic cloves


Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.

Drizzle liberally with olive oil.

Liberally salt and pepper squash.

Add 2-3 garlic cloves to each half.

Marinate the squash at room temperature for ½-1 hour long.

Preheat grill to medium heat.

Place the squash cut side up on the grill, leaving the garlic and olive oil in the squash.

Cook for 20 minutes, and carefully flip over. The grill will most likely flame up from the olive oil so be careful!

Cook for another 5 minutes or until the flesh easily pulls away from the skin with a fork.

You can top these with salt, pepper, parmesan cheese or any sauce you wish!

*If serving to guests, make sure they're aware of the mushrooms in the burger in case of allergies.