Blending Creativity & Nutrition, Hospitals Serve up a New Kind of Burger




Dartmouth-Hitchcock exemplifies the power of the #incredibleblendable burger! After a taste test of their new blended burger recipe, they asked their patrons whether they would like to see it on their regular menu. The answer: a resounding YES!




Over 40 healthcare facilities across the country celebrated Nutrition Month by serving burgers comprised of ground meat blended with mushrooms (or other plant-based ingredients). Some created their own blend using a recipe from the Mushroom Council. Others purchased pre-made blended meat products that have sustainability attributes such as meat raised without routine antibiotics, grass-fed beef and locally produced ingredients.

The hamburger is an American tradition but healthcare professionals know that eating too much red meat can have health consequences.  Too much meat can also have negative impacts on the environment - causing air and water pollution and contributing to climate change.  The James Beard Foundation developed this innovative strategy to reduce our consumption of meat while still enjoying the burgers we love. A recent Journal of Food Science study found that consumers prefer blends over 100% ground beef. 

Congratulations to all of our Nutrition Month Participants! 

  • Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, WI
  • Alfond Center For Health, MaineGeneral Health, ME
  • Beverly Hospital, Northeast, MA
  • Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Eastern Maine Healthcare System, ME
  • Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, VT
  • Connecticut Mental Health Center, CT
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Partners Health Care, MA
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, NH
  • DaVita Crossroads Dialysis, CA
  • Grace Cottage Hospital, VT
  • Hays Medical Center, The University of Kansas Health System, KS
  • HealthAlliance Hospital, UMass Memorial HealthCare, MA
  • Heywood Hospital, MA
  • Huggins Hospital, NH
  • Independent Living, PA
  • John Muir Behavioral Health, John Muir Health, CA
  • LincolnHealth, MaineHealth, ME
  • New England Baptist Hospital, MA
  • New Milford Hospital, Western Ct, Health Network, CT
  • Nor-Lea Hospital District, NM
  • North Cypress Medical Center, TX
  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, VT
  • Prince George's Community College Faculty, MD
  • Prineville - St. Charles Health System, OR
  • Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, CA
  • Roger Williams Medical Center, MA
  • South County Hospital, RI
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA
  • University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH
  • University Hospitals Health System, OH
  • University Medical Center, OH
  • Washington Hospital, PA
  • Along with facilities in NM, CA, D.C., and MT that preferred to remain anonymous.