The first time I had a Portobello Burger was when I was with my son… we had gone out to lunch and he had ordered one … I thought the whole idea of eating a mushroom instead of beef was ridiculous… I love mushrooms.. but instead of beef??? … total lunacy… so much for what I knew…. he insisted I taste it and to my utter surprise it was absolutely delicious…
He cooked many a Portobello Burger for me over the years.. and when I realized just how easy it was… I became a devotee… now Warren is your typical “guy”… likes all the guy things we women know nothing about nor do we want to know…. and he does love his red meat… so I hadn’t attempted to make him a burger minus the beef… and decided it was time… and lo and behold… he was open minded about it and did like it.. I’m not sure he’s ready to trade in his beef for a mushroom all the time.. but he liked it well enough to declare it a “do-over”.
Make sure you get large buns for these… they tend to be large and don’t shrink all that much in cooking.
I marinated mine in a seasoned balsamic and olive oil mixture…. I also brushed them with the marinade when they were cooking… that really is optional.
I used a cast iron grill pan to cook them.. you can also cook these on an outdoor grill or even a a hot flat pan.
I lightly oiled the pan and grilled the sliced buns first… I think it just adds a bit of crunch.
I garnished them with lettuce, sliced tomato and sliced red onion. I also used garlic mayo…
This marinade will be enough for 2-4 large mushrooms.
If you haven’t tried a Portobello Burger… you really need to try one!
Recipe: Portobello Burger
All you need:
Portobello Mushrooms, stem removed
½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Dash of coarse salt
Dash of freshly ground pepper
Sliced red onion
All you have to do:
Lay the mushrooms in a glass dish, smooth side down.
In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil, oregano, chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Pour the mixture over the mushrooms. Turn the mushrooms over.
Allow the mushrooms to marinate for about 30 minutes, turning once.
Brush olive oil on a hot grill pan over medium high heat.
Lay the buns on the hot pan… cut side down. Grill until lightly browned… remove and set aside.
Brush a little olive oil on the hot pan.
Lay the mushrooms on the hot pan. Cook 5-6 minutes a side (larger mushrooms will take the 6 minutes)… turning once.
Assemble the Burgers:
Slather on the garlic mayo on the bun.
Layer lettuce, Portobello mushroom, tomato and onion.
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