I am not a vegetarian nor have I ever been a vegetarian. I am a carnivore, I love meat and lots of it please.
This past year my mom got diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. The day she finished chemotherapy we threw a party to congratulate her. That night at the dinner table she told us all she was becoming a vegan. I looked at her and told her I was never coming for lunch again. My mom is one of my favorite people to brunch/lunch/dine with so this "vegan" lifestyle was not a option.
She was my inspiration to make this burger. When you have cancer you have to limit your red meat intake but who doesn't love a burger? I took a portobello mushroom (removed the stem and gills) brushed on a balsamic vinegar and olive oil glaze, and dusted a little oregano and basil on it. I broiled it in the oven for about 3 minutes per side. I layered on my favorite burger toppings, a slice of cheese, garlic aioli (still working on that one), and used one of my homemade buns.
Best vegetarian burger I ever had-I didn't miss my beef or the grease one bit.
Portobello Mushroom Burger
- portobello Mushroom
- splash of balsamic vinegar
- splash of olive oil
- pinch of dried basil
- pinch of dried oregano
Broil in your oven 3 minutes per side. Toast your burger bun towards the end of the mushroom cooking time if you want a toasted bun. Layer with your favorite toppings
Need inspiration-here is what I am thinking for toppings:
- roasted red peppers
- red onion
- swiss/cheddar cheese
- dijon mustard