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Meatless Mushroom and Grain Cheeseburgers

With this tasty meatless cheeseburger recipe the more health conscious eaters can enjoy a good burger without the guilt of unhealthy red meat such as is found in most commercial burgers and most packages of ground beef. Barley is a traditional hearty partner for mushrooms, but brown rice is just as tasty in this burger.


2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, as needed
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/4 pounds mushrooms, sliced
Sea salt to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 cups cooked brown rice or barley
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg - preferably cage free organic
3/4 cup cooked chickpeas (1/2 can)
2 ounces Gruyère cheese, sliced very thin with a cheese slicer

(As always, for the very healthiest versions of any recipe choose organic content as much as possible.)


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat in a heavy ovenproof skillet and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until it is tender, about 3 minutes. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms have begun to sweat and soften, about 3 minutes. Turn the heat back down to medium, add a generous pinch of salt, the garlic and sage, and continue to cook until the mushrooms are tender, about 3 minutes. Taste, adjust seasoning and remove from the heat.

2. Place half the mushrooms in a food processor fitted with the steel blade and the other half in a large bowl, along with the rice or barley and the parsley.

3. Add the chickpeas and egg to the food processor and purée with the mushrooms. Stir into the rice and mushroom mixture and mix everything together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Begin heating a heavy ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Seasoned cast iron is good, and so is a heavy nonstick pan that can go into the oven. Moisten your hands lightly and shape 4 large or 6 smaller patties. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan and, working in batches if necessary, cook the burgers for 2 minutes on one side, until nicely browned. Carefully turn the patties over and place the pan in the oven. Bake 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and lay thin slices of Gruyère on top of each burger. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes, or the patties are lightly browned and the cheese has melted. Remove from the heat and serve, with or without buns, ketchup and the works.

Advance preparation: These can be put together and shaped up to 3 days before browning. Keep them well wrapped in the refrigerator. They can also be cooked ahead and reheated in a low oven or in a pan on top of the stove.

Yield: 4 to 6 burgers.

Nutritional information per serving (4 servings): 285 calories; 14 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 7 grams monounsaturated fat; 62 milligrams cholesterol; 28 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams dietary fiber; 196 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 14 grams protein.

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