February 03, 2014

PORTABELLO MUSHROOM BURGER


Every now and then, I crave burgers - who am I kidding, I'm always craving burgers, but as a fully signed up member of club grown-up, I realise that I can't eat them every day. Every now and then though I notice I've got some lonely little leftover Portobello mushrooms sitting in the fridge, and what better way to use those up than with a juicy vegetarian take on the old fashioned cheese burger ?! 

This recipe is simple stuff. I served it with some Mexican Slaw and a homemade ketchup / mayo / pickle combo and it was delicious. It would also go well with some sweet potato wedges and a big old dollop of homemade tomato ketchup!



Portobello Mushroom Burgers w/ Mexican Slaw
Serves 4

For the burgers:
- 4 Portobello mushrooms
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Coarse salt
- 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- Olive Oil
- 4 burger buns
- cheese slices (optional)
- ketchup / mayo to dress (optional)

For the slaw:
- 2 medium carrots, peeled & grated
- 1/2 small red cabbage, shredded
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 hand full coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 1 green chilli, thinly sliced (deseeded for less heat)
- large pinch of coarse salt
- small glug of olive oil
- juice from one lime

Method:
1. Heat a small glug of olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
2. In a bowl, mix together the balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsps of olive oil and a pinch of salt & pepper, and brush the mixture over the mushrooms before adding them to the pan.
3. Cook for 5-7 minutes on both sides, occasionally basting if needed with the remaining Balsamic & oil mix.
4. Whilst the burgers are cooking, make your slaw by simply combining the carrots, red cabbage, red onion, coriander and green chilli in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the salt, drizzle over the olive oil & squeeze the juice from the lime. Stir well to ensure everything is evenly mixed.
5. When your burgers are almost done, add the optional cheese slice & begin to toast your buns.
6. When the cheese it slightly melted, turn the heat to low whilst you load up your buns with your slaw first, before adding the burger and topping with your desired burger sauce topping...



16 comments:

  1. So easy yet looks so yummy! We love portabello mushrooms. We'd need a replacement for the cheese but this looks like it'd be nice even without it. I love colourful coleslaw too.

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    1. There are loads of colourful 'slaws on here! I'm a little bit obsessed with them! :)

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  2. these are my favourite things to eat! so tasty!

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    1. They are so easy to make taste fab too aren't they? Not that they need much help in that department though!

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  3. mmmm this looks epic! I've never quite got on with cheese slices but Tom loves them. I'd totally wolf that down without them though! x

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    1. They are so right, but so wrong! It's weird because really, i can't eat cheese but these never trigger a reaction!!! Plastic cheese all the way ;)

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  4. i don't like mushroom, but oh my this still looks delicious and i'd totally try it!

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    1. Thank you! I think if there's ever a mushroom to give another go, it's the portobello!

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  5. This does look yummy! I've never actually tried this, even though I was vegetarian for seven years! Much healthier than veggie burgers with loads of salt added too. Will have to give it a go, I always crave burgers! x

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    1. So yummy! And i agree, i'll always go for this over shop bought veggie burgers, especially when giving them to the kiddos. And yes, does the burger craving ever really go?!

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  6. This looks amazing! i'm going to make one this week, and I'm always looking for a good coleslaw recipe! x

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    1. Oooo, I have loads of slaw recipes on here, and a load yet to post! I'm a little obsessed with 'slaws and fresh salsas! I hope you enjoy it - let me know!

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  7. o m g Lia, this looks amazing! I am a full on burger lover, and will definitely be giving this a go, and having first hand tasted your home made coleslaw, I will definitely be trying this too!

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    1. Yep, sometimes I just can't resist a burger! Let's have these for lunch when you come for lunch next? Are we meeting up this week? Can't remember what we said - i'll text you xx

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  8. Oooh I didn't know this was a thing, I'm definitely going to try it, thanks x

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    1. Hope you enjoy it - it's YUM! x

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