Monday, May 16, 2011

Steakhouse Mushroom Burgers with Creamed Spinach Sauce

We love burgers, so I'm always on the lookout for fun new recipes and ideas.  This burger is inspired by a steakhouse menu.  It is ground sirloin, mixed with sauteed mushrooms and spices, and topped with a creamy, spinach sauce.  Served open-faced on a piece of grilled Texas toast, this is definitely a fork-and-knife burger.

We all really liked these burgers, and Caroline especially loved dipping hers in the spinach sauce.  This is definitely a little bit heavier fare than we normally eat, but paired with a green salad or some grilled vegetables, it balances out nicely.  And since it is a little fancier than a typical burger, this is a great option to serve company.

Steakhouse Mushroom Burgers
adapted from Cuisine Tonight:  Grilling
makes 4 burgers
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 Tbs olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  •   4 slices buttered Texas Toast
  • shredded Parmesan
Creamed Spinach Sauce
makes 2 cups
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • pinch cayenne
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 Tbs grated Parmesan
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Preheat the grill to medium-high.

In a medium saute pan, saute the mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.  Cook until the mushrooms begin to brown, 3-4 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine the sirloin with 1 tablespoon oil, soy sauce, salt, pepper, mustard, herbs, and mushroom mixture.  Gently mix to combine using a fork or your hands.  Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each portion into a patty.

Scrape the grate clean and brush with the remaining tablespoon of oil.  Grill the burgers until cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side.  Remove the burgers from the grill and cover to keep warm.  Grill the bread 1-2 minutes per side, until lightly browned.

To make the spinach sauce, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 3-4 minutes.  Stir the flour into the onions and cook 1 minute.

Whisk in the half-and-half, broth, salt, cayenne, and nutmeg.  Bring sauce to a simmer, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, until it begins to thicken.

Add the spinach, stirring until wilted.  Mix in the Parmesan and lemon juice, and add more half-and-half if the sauce has thickened too much.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Top each slice of bread with a burger, spinach sauce, and garnish with Parmesan.  Serve immediately.


Anonymous said...

Oh my, it looks soooo delish! :-)

/Birthe from Denmark

Unknown said...

What a great combination of flavors and a fun presentation! Love your blog and your recipes!

elly said...

Nothing like craving a burger at 9:45 a.m. :) These look great, Josie!

Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said...

Oh MY, Josie!! This looks amazing!

Unknown said...

What a great idea - I love finding ways to switch up my summer burgers!

Anonymous said...

Fancy! Love this recipe :)

pam said...

Mushrooms, my favorite! And creamed spinach, my other favorite! This looks unbelievably yummy to me.

Mushrooms Canada said...

Now THAT'S my kind of burger!!
Love the spinach sauce idea...
- Brittany

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Grr, this looks so good, I just want to bite into it! :p

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said...

You have some seriously killer recipes. I love your blog.

Annie said...

Looooove this idea. Love. Yum.

Laura said...

These look amazing! I want to eat one right now. This may be the perfect balance between my cravings lately-grilled burger type food, but comfort food for these cooler rainy days we're having.

Atlanta, Food and Love said...

Hooray for you! I delicious looking burger and a pioneer woman shout out! Way to go Josie!

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

These burgers look amazing. I LOVE the idea of creamed spinach on a burger - perfect!

Kathleen @ Sugar and Spice said...

Congrats on the Ree shout out! This burger looks amazing, great job with your lighting. I will be making this culinary delight this weekend. Thank you for the recipe!

Rochonne said...

I made these yesterday and they were so delish! My son is not crazy about sauces but said this one with the spinish was good. I am making this again when my friends come to town next month makes a burger night more exciting!

Kiri said...

Thank you so much for the recipe I CAN NOT wait to try it.

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