Cook the Book Fridays: Umami burger from Everyday Dorie

Umami Burger on a blue plate in a bun.

This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Everyday Dorie was one I’d been looking forward to since I first flipped through the book.

Umami Burgers came to be from some serendipitous ingredients coming together in Dorie’s fridge: oyster sauce, soy sauce, gochujang and sesame oil are mixed together then mixed into some sautéed chopped mushrooms which are then mixed into ground beef to make burger patties. I LOVE mushrooms and I LOVE all those flavours and the idea of a “umami” burger sounded wonderful to me!

So here’s the thing. I did love these flavours and I happily ate this but I think when I make it next time (because there will be a next time!), I’ll add some binder to the meat. Mixing in mushrooms to ground beef doesn’t a burger make – whilst it was flavourful (I let the mixture sit in the fridge for about 4 hours), the patties kind of fell apart a bit as you ate them. I’ll add an egg and maybe some panko breadcrumbs and I might even make more of the sauce to add to the burgers as well!

But no matter, this got me thinking and it was delicious served on a bun with a little mayo (maybe some hot sauce next time?) and some kale slaw dressed with an Asian dressing. A fabulous twist on an easy Sunday dinner!

Dorie Greenspan's Umami burger on a blue plate with Asiam slaw.

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Umami Burger  on page 140 of Everyday Dorie or here.

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4 thoughts on “Cook the Book Fridays: Umami burger from Everyday Dorie”

  1. I was thinking about adding an egg too, but decided against it since I wanted to make a vegan burger. Then I chopped up the mushrooms in the food processor. With an added squeeze, the burger patties held together really well.

  2. We love all the flavors too! Mine held together, but we didn’t think the flavor came through in the burger. I thought it would be better to top the burger with the onions and mushrooms rather than mixed in 🤷‍♀️…or like you said, add the sauce on top! Yours looks so delicious!

  3. I love your hamburger buns. I should have added more sauce, I didn’t taste it much. We didn’t have any trouble with ours falling apart. A nice change for dinner indeed.


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