How to grill a portobello mushroom
Never made a portobello mushroom burger before? Here is an easy way to get started making this meatless and delicious veggie burger. Easy portobello mushroom burger.
Mushrooms are my favorite meat alternative. When they’re cooked right, they satisfy just like meat does.
Health benefits of portobello mushrooms
Mushrooms are can be packed with tons of flavor if you season them right and they come out savory and chewy. Perfect, whole foods meat replacement if you’re missing that texture.
Not only are mushrooms delicious, they pack a health punch as well, according to this New York Times article.
Mushrooms are full of selenium, copper, B vitamins and potassium. Not to mention, they have zero cholesterol, so they beat a beef burger every time.
How to cook the perfect mushroom burger
- 4 large portobello mushroom caps
- 2 tbsp Avocado oil Use more if needed
- 1 tsp Burger seasoning Use more if needed
- Start by wiping off the outside of the mushroom with a damp rag or paper towel.
- This will get rid of the dirt. DO NOT rinse the mushroom under water. Doing this will make it mushy and gross. If you’re new to the flavor of mushrooms, I suggest cutting off the stem and using a spoon to carve out the brown gill like stuff on the underside of the mushroom. The video below shows you how. This brown stuff on the underside of the mushroom tastes very earthy and strong and can be off putting if you’re new to eating mushrooms.
- After cleaning off the mushrooms, you need to season and marinate them. Marinating mushrooms over night will yield the best results, but if you don’t have time, just marinate them for 10 minutes.
- Use the same marinades you did for meat and steak. Most of them are vegan.
- For this recipe I used avocado oil (you can use whatever oil you have on hand) and then a burger seasoning. Steak seasoning also tastes amazing on mushrooms. BBQ sauce is also great to marinate mushrooms in.
- After seasoning and marinating, let your grill or pan heat up on medium low heat.
- Place the mushroom cap right side up on the grill, so that the part that had the stem on it is facing down.
- Grill for 10 minutes and the flip it upside down Let it cook on this side for another 5-10 minutes.
- IT’S IMPORTANT TO FINISH THE MUSHROOM OFF, UPSIDE DOWN SO THAT ALL OF THE MUSHROOM JUICE COLLECTS IN THE UNDERSIDE OF THE CAP (as shown in the video below)
How do you know when a portobello mushroom is done cooking
You know the mushroom is done cooking when you press in the middle of the mushroom with a fork or spatula and it’s juicy and soft. I like to cook mine a little longer: 10 minutes on each side on medium low heat
How to serve this veggie burger
- I love treating this just like a beef burger.
- Top it with ketchup, mustard, relish, lettuce, onions and vegan mayo.
- Add some vegan cheese as well if your heart desires.
Other ways to eat a portobello mushroom
- Season the mushroom like you would steak, grill it like above and serve it with some potatoes and veggies. Portobello mushrooms can be eaten just like a piece of steak.
- Dip the mushroom in steak sauce and serve it with a baked potato
- Cook it like steak and serve it over vegan nachos. Try out my vegan smoked gouda steak nachos.
Try out these vegan recipes next
- Easy BBQ tempeh
- Tofu and black bean tacos
- Instant pot mushroom tacos
- Cashew ranch dressing
- Crispy baked buffalo cauliflower
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