Saturday, February 15, 2014

021 - Portobello Mushroom Burger! (Vegetarian Friendly!)

Hey vegetarians, boy, do I have a surprise for you! I managed to recreate one of the best veggie burger recipes around with my twist on it. All hail the PORTOBELLO BURGER

Portobello mushroom is your neighborhood regular ol’ button mushroom all grown up and ready to go hara-kiri for your indulgence.

This burger tasted good. Seriously! If I were to describe the consistency, it tasted exactly like meat, only juicier.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

1 Large Portobello Mushroom cap
1 Burger Bun
1 Slice of Ripe Tomato
1 leaf from a Romaine Lettuce
1 slice of cheese (cheddar worked wonder)
4 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 tsp of Salt
1 tsp of Pepper

(Optional – Carrot+Cucumber Pickle)

20 grams of Carrot – Shaved
20 grams of Cucumber – Shaved
2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
½ tsp of Salt
1 tsp of Sugar

(Optional – Spread)
1 tbsp of Mayonnaise
1 tsp of Wasabi.

Ready? Here We Go!

Step 1 – The pickle we’re going to make is dead easy. Put all your shaved carrot and cucumber into a bowl and mix it with the vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir to combine, and let sit while we cook the burger. Instant and easy ain’t it?

Carrots goes in

So does the cucumber

Vinegar Bath

Sugar shower

Salt Rain

Calm after the storm

Step 2 – Create a slice across the mushroom cap, and cut off the bottom stem. Sprinkle generously with salt.

There goes the stem

na na na na na SALT RAIN

Step 3 – Heat your pan and drizzle it with olive oil. Use high heat setting. Once the pan is smoking hot, put your mushroom in. Be VERY careful, I burned my hand doing so. Leave the mushroom be for around 3 minutes before the first flip.

Step 4 – Flip your mushroom to cook the otherside. By now, the side you just flip would be golden brown. SQUISH IT. This will help remove the excess moisture inside the mushroom. And after that, this is purely optional, I give it a drizzle of Worcestershire sauce. Leave it to cook for another 2 minutes before the final flip.

After the initial flip


That's better!


Step 5 – After the final flip, lay down the cheese, and cover the pan to steam and melt the cheese. After about a minute or so, it’s DONE!

Step 6 – Assemble! And remember, don't forget to toast the bun! Here’s how I do the assembly:


Wasabi Mayo

Romaine Lettuce




Ready to swallow some saliva?

Okay, here’s a fun fact: I ate the whole burger after the last picture. LOL
As always, give this a try, it’s a much much healthier alternative to fast food burger, and it tasted so much better too!



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