4/22/11

Roasted Portobello Mushroom Cheeseburgers

Let's continue with a 'mushroom' theme this morning!  I found this recipe a few years ago and liked it because it's two recipes in one;  the portobello mushroom burgers as well as a yummy Aioli sauce.  You can play with the recipe a bit and of course, leave the cheese off if you like, don't add the caramelized onions or Aioli sauce if you prefer...  it's all up to you.   It's rather fitting that today is Friday and it's Lent, so this would be a meatless 'cheeseburger' meal as well!


Roasted Portobello Mushroom Cheeseburgers
with Caramelized Onions and Pimento Aioli



Juice of 1 lemon (2 to 3 tablespoons)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 t dried thyme leaves or 1/2 t ground
1/4 t garlic powder
6 Portobello mushrooms, wiped clean and stems removed (large!)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 slices Swiss, cheddar or provolone cheese
6 Brioche hamburger buns, buttered and toasted
1 1/2 cups loosely packed arugula

For the onions:
1 T olive oil
1 medium Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup water kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the aioli:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 T jarred chopped pimentos, drained
1 T red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T minced flat-leaf parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Burgers:
In a shallow baking dish, use a whisk to combine the lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire, thyme, and garlic powder. Place mushrooms in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Turn over the mushrooms, cover again, and refrigerate at least another hour. (Mushrooms can marinate for several hours.)

For the Onions:
In the meantime, make the onions. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the water, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown. Remove the pan from the heat. Season the onions with salt and pepper. Set aside.

For the Aioli:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate until serving time.

To Finish the Burgers:
Preheat oven to 450°F. Remove mushrooms from marinade and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet, gill sides up. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and arrange cheese and caramelized onions on the gills of each mushroom and bake another 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Place 1 mushroom on each muffin and garnish with aioli and arugula. Serve immediately.
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