Banana Blossom, Banana Hearth Burger, Burger with Mushroom Sauce

Banana Blossom, Banana Hearth Burger, Burger with Mushroom Sauce

How to prepare and clean banana hearth or banana blossom this is in addition to our food recipe video today, 

Similar to my other recipes, I have not added any MSG or any food enhancer, on my banana hearth burger patty. I wanted to see or taste what is the outcome of the recipe.

All that I have added is Quaker instant oatmeal and banana ketchup to get the burger color close to meat burger.

I wanted the banana blossom close to vegetarian, of course except for the eggs, dairy butter and mayonnaise. I do not have access or do not know where to purchase substitute ingredients.

I have made my banana hearth burger patties   the size of quarter pounder.  This is a test if indeed banana hearth can be made into burger and not fried ukoy. I also have to pan grill the burger patties similar to a meat burger.

Because of the extra size the burger has to be cooked a little longer and at low heat to avoid burning.

Serve with my banana hearth burger are camote fries and fried saba.

How I made it:

1 large banana blossom/heart, yield about 4 cups
2 medium size onions, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup, plain, Quaker instant oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 eggs
2 tbsp. banana ketchup
1 tbsp. sweet paprika
1 tbsp. powdered black peppercorns 
2 tbsp. rock salt
1 tbsp. fish sauce

butter or dairy cream buttermilk
burger buns
sliced tomatoes
onion rings
sliced cucumber

Mushroom Sauce:
1/4 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium can button mushroom, drain, sliced
2/3 sachet, cream of mushroom soup mix, diluted in 1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. powdered peppercorns
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp. soy sauce
cooking oil


Burger Patty:
To clean and prepare the banana blossom/hearth:
Remove and discard matured petals darker color and florets, darker color
Separate the exposed florets from the heart.
Pluck/remove and discard the floret’s pistil, soak in water.
Cut into quarters, trim the core of the hearth, and soak in water.
Wash and rinse and place in a boiling pot.
Boil for 15 to 30 minutes or until tender, check by pinching with fork, there should be no resistance.
When done remove from heat, drain the cooked banana blossom/hearth, let it cool down.
Now finely chop the cooked banana blossom/hearth, and place in a big mixing bowl.
Add in 3 eggs, mix.
Mix in the ketchup.
Add in the sweet paprika, powdered black peppercorns and rock salt.
Add in the chopped onions and chopped garlic.
Now add in the plain, Quaker instant oatmeal, flour and cornstarch.
Thoroughly mix the burger patty.
Add in the fish sauce, according to taste.

Prepare the burger patty:
Cut some baking paper to about 3X3 inches squares.
Now fill a small bowl about 1/2 cup of the burger patty, and place on the baking paper.
For the size of quarter pounder the patty will yield 10 to 12 burgers.
Or scope out lesser quantity of patty for regular size burger.

Pan grill the burger patties:
Heat some butter in a ribbed frying pan, set the heat to low to low medium.
Arrange the patties side by side and pan grill for about 4 to 5 minutes each side at low heat.
Cover and cook until golden brown and firm.
Smaller patties will cook faster.
Check using fork or stick, it is ready when the inside is also firm.
Keep the burger patty warm until ready to serve.

Prepare the Mushroom Sauce:
Heat some oil and butter in a small sauce pan.
Sauté the garlic and onions until fragrant.
Add in the cream of mushroom soup mixture.
Keep the heat at low to medium setting.
Continuously stirring until cooked.
Add in the milk.
Add in the powdered peppercorns and dried parsley.
Add in the button mushrooms.
Add in the soy sauce.
Continue to stir cook until the right consistency, add more water or more mushroom mix as required.
Correct saltiness.

Fry the camote fries and banana.

Serve the Banana Hearth Burger as Burger Sandwich or Burger Mushroom Sauce Meal with the camote fries and fried banana.


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