Maitake Mushroom Burger: A Vegetarian Delight with a Meaty Twist

By Josh Shearer on 12/10/2023

Discover the succulent taste of our Maitake Mushroom Burger, blending the rich, meaty texture of Maitake mushrooms with classic burger toppings for a vegetarian feast that even meat lovers at will adore. To edit this post, navigate to the admin dashboard.


Today, we’re excited to share a vegetarian recipe that will impress even the most devout carnivores - the Maitake Mushroom Burger. Maitake mushrooms, with their rich and meaty texture, make an ideal centerpiece for a burger that’s both satisfying and packed with umami flavor.

Why Maitake Mushrooms?

Maitake mushrooms, also known as Hen of the Woods, offer a delightful meaty texture and a deep, earthy flavor that makes them perfect for a hearty burger. Their ability to absorb flavors and their substantial size make them an excellent substitute for meat, providing a gourmet experience that’s both indulgent and wholesome.


  • 4 large Maitake mushroom clusters
  • 4 whole wheat burger buns
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Your choice of cheese (optional)
  • Mustard, mayonnaise, or your preferred condiments


  1. Marinate the Maitake: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Place the Maitake mushrooms in a large dish and pour the marinade over them. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Grill the Mushrooms: Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Place the marinated Maitake mushrooms on the grill, cooking for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are nicely charred and cooked through.

  3. Prepare the Toppings: While the mushrooms are grilling, prepare your burger toppings. Slice the avocado, tomato, and red onion, and wash the lettuce leaves.

  4. Toast the Buns: Cut the whole wheat buns in half and toast them lightly on the grill or in a toaster until golden brown.

  5. Assemble the Burgers: To assemble the burgers, start with the bottom bun and layer on lettuce, the grilled Maitake mushroom, slices of avocado, tomato, and red onion. Add cheese if desired and finish with your choice of condiments. Top with the other half of the bun.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Our Maitake Mushroom Burger is not just a treat for the taste buds; it’s a celebration of how mushrooms can be the star of the show in any dish. This recipe proves that vegetarian options can be just as hearty and satisfying as their meat-based counterparts, making it a perfect choice for anyone looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet.


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