Fast Food: Pesto Portobello Burgers

June 28th, 2011 by katie

Have I ever told you how much I love vegetables?  I do, you know.  I LOVE them.  I don’t know how it happened.  There were few meatless meals (macaroni and cheese! grilled cheese!) in my childhood and I was often forced to finish my broccoli or Brussels sprouts until I threatened to barf.  Yet somehow as an adult I grew to appreciate and crave their crisp, tender sweetness.  I love complex, interesting salads but what I really, really enjoy are roasted, caramelized vegetables.  Seared, grilled or roasted I love how the natural sugars in most veggies come together and develop into deep, rich colors and flavors.  This sandwich is so much more than a bunch of vegetables.  It is tender, meaty, sweet and bursting with flavor.  The best part?  Portobello mushroom caps only take about 5 minutes to cook to the perfect done-ness.  Pair them with a smoky Gouda and prepared pesto and you have dinner in a few minutes. 

Pesto Portobello Burgers

makes 4 sandwiches, prep 5 min, cook 10 min
  • 4 large portobello mushroom caps
  • olive oil or butter, melted
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • sweet onion, sliced
  • bakery rolls
  • smoked gouda or provolone, sliced
  • pesto, as desired
  • tomatoes, sliced
  1. Heat grill, grill pan or George Foreman.  You could also sear them in a frying pan.
  2. Wash and pat dry mushroom caps.  Brush each side with oil or butter and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Grill mushroom caps about 5 min per side until tender.  If desired, grill onion slices and rolls alongside until browned.
  4. Once mushrooms are tender, top with cheese and cook until melted.
  5. Spread pesto on a roll, top with a cheese covered mushroom, grilled onions, and tomato slices.
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