August 20, 2018
People following strict or vegetarian diets are often in search of substitutions for hamburgers made of beef and turkey. The flavor-packed, and large, portobello mushroom has become one of the standard replacements for meat-based burger patties.
Portobello mushrooms have a texture that gives a nice “bite” when you chew into a burger made from a thick slice. And, this type of mushroom has a deep hearty flavor that lends itself perfectly to being cooked, grilled in this instance, without becoming too mushy.
What’s great about this type of mushroom is that you’ve probably eaten the younger smaller versions all of the time and not known it. They come in white and brown varieties, and when picked at a younger point, they are marketed as button mushrooms, Swiss brown mushrooms, common mushrooms and other names. But, when allowed to mature, they develop the heartier flavor, the firmness that allows for grilling, and they are now called Portobello mushrooms.
The kicker for this recipe is the addition of a simple avocado sauce! It takes about 15 minutes to prep everything and about 20-25 minutes to cook. Choice of burger bun and cheese is up to you!
Portobello Mushroom Burger with Easy Avocado Spread
2 large portobello mushrooms
1 tablespoon steak sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
Bell pepper slices
Vidalia onion slices
3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons garlic powder – not garlic salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
pinch of red chili flakes
1 large avocado, peeled and pitted
Clean the portobello mushroom caps and coat evenly the mushrooms, peppers, and onions with the steak sauce and olive oil mixed together. Next, combine the rest of the ingredients, except the avocado, in a bowl and mix together. Peel and pit the avocado, place in a blender and add the spices. Mix using pulse until creamy like mayonnaise. Grill the mushrooms and veggies until hot with grill marks. Serve hot topped with the avocado spread and grilled peppers, onions, your favorite addition topping on the bun of your choice.