James Beard Foundation’s Fifth Annual Blended Burger Project™ Has Chefs Serving Up Summer-Long Burger Competition

Voting Opens for Favorite Mushroom + Meat Blended Burgers

Is it possible for your favorite restaurant to make your favorite burger even tastier? The James Beard Foundation thinks so and, starting today, it is challenging restaurants nationwide to do just that by blending meat* and mushrooms in the fifth annual Blended Burger Project™.

Now through July 31, customers can visit participating restaurants nationwide to try a blended burger and vote for their favorites online.

“By blending freshly chopped mushrooms with protein, restaurants are able to take the iconic burger and add a tremendous boost of flavor and even juiciness,” said Katherine Miller, VP of Impact, James Beard Foundation. “We are excited to once again devote the summer to encouraging restaurants to serve and patrons to sample a fresh way to not only make burgers more delicious, but also more nutritious and sustainable.”

Since the Blended Burger Project launched four summers ago, more than 1,200 restaurants have taken part in the competition by blending mushrooms with meat using a 25%/75% ratio. Individuals have collectively voted more than 3 million times for their favorite entries.

To take part, burger fans can:

Once votes are collected, a panel of judges will review the top 25 vote recipients, selecting five who will each receive $5,000 and have the opportunity to serve their winning burger at a Blended Burger Project celebration this October at the James Beard House in New York City.

Learn more at https://www.jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject.

Source: James Beard Foundation

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