This burger from Eating Well’s “Recipes for Umami Foods” fits the bill for an intensely-flavored sandwich. It’s hard to give a better description than the mighty burger’s mouth-watering introduction: “Blue cheese and slow-cooked onions turn a grilled portobello into an indulgent portobello burger. Ruby port—a sweet fortified wine—gives extra depth of flavor to the caramelized onions.” And, according to one 5-star review, even someone who admittedly isn’t a fan of mushrooms found the recipe to offer incredible flavors stating, “This recipe ROCKS!!!”

Blue Cheese Portobello Mushroom Burger

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms stems removed
  • 3 cups thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup ruby port
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper divided
  • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese (2 ounces)
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 4 thick slices tomato

Instructions

  1. Whisk 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar and garlic in a bowl. Brush the mixture all over mushrooms and let stand for 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add water and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is browned and very soft, about 15 minutes. Add port; cook, stirring occasionally, until mostly evaporated, about 3 minutes more. Stir in ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Remove from the heat and cover.

  3. Preheat grill to medium.

  4. Sprinkle the mushrooms with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Grill, gill-side down, for 5 minutes. Turnover and top each with 2 tablespoons cheese. Grill until the mushrooms are tender, 4 to 5 minutes more.

  5. Toast buns. Divide the onions among the mushrooms. Serve (cheese-side up) on buns with arugula and tomato.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.com “Recipes for Umami Foods”