Chef Luis Competes in JBF Blended Burger Project

The Dojo Burger! (Photo: Petrichor Photo)

The Dojo Burger! (Photo: Petrichor Photo)

Edmonds' Bar Dojo is participating in The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Blended Burger Project™, a nationwide contest and challenge to make a "blended burger" by blending ground meat with finely chopped, cultivated mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger. The contest runs nationally from Memorial Day, May 30 through July 31, 2016, culminating in the opportunity for five winning chefs to cook at the James Beard House in October.

Chef de Cuisine Luis Brambila has submitted the Dojo Burger to showcase a healthier burger, featuring his unique recipe of local RR Ranch beef blended with 30% shiitake mushrooms and a kick of serrano peppers, topped with Beechers cheese, cilantro aioli, applewood smoked bacon, sliced avocado, fried egg, and finished with a blistered shishito pepper on a toasted brioche seeded bun.  

Blending meat with mushrooms reduces calories, fat, and sodium while adding important nutrients like vitamin D, potassium, and B vitamins. A blended burger also brings more sustainable, plant-based items to menus allowing Americans to enjoy the taste and flavor of the burgers they love, knowing it’s a healthier and more sustainable preparation.

Diners can vote and support the Blended Burger Project by:

* Visit to view the gallery of “blended burger” photos, and cast your vote for the “blended burger” that best represents the most creative use of mushrooms, best flavor profile, and most appetizing appearance. The direct link to vote for the Dojo Burger is and people may vote once per day.

* Visit a participating restaurant from Memorial Day, May 30 – July 31, 2016 (view the entire list at and ask for the “blended burger” Bar Dojo is the only Edmonds restaurant participating, and one of only 10 restaurants in the state of Washington to be competing.

* Post your burger photos to social media with the hashtag #blendedburgerproject to spread the word!

* Follow #blendedburgerproject on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

When the promotion concludes at 11:59pm EST on July 31st, 2016, the five (5) chefs with the most votes by consumers will win a trip to NYC in October 2016 to cook their "blended burger" dish at the James Beard House.

Chef Luis is competing for his third honor in the past year, as his Pan Seared Spiced King Salmon won Best Entree during Dine Out Seattle in November 2015, and won Best Cutting-Edge Chowder at the Edmonds Clam Chowder Cookoff in February 2016.

Chef de Cuisine Luis Brambila

Chef de Cuisine Luis Brambila