Portobella Mushroom Burger Recipe

burgerJust because you are a vegetarian doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a great burger – or even a hearty cheeseburger!

In fact, I put together this burger recipe for Craig Ballantyne – the Lazy Vegetarian – and he loves it.

Try it out and let me know what you think:

Portobello Mushroom Burger – 365 Calories


1 Portobello mushroom cap
┬╝ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
dash-teaspoon dried basil
dash-teaspoon dried oregano
Tablespoon minced garlic
1 oz (2 tbsp) sharp cheese or vegan cheese
1 tablespoons bottled teriyaki sauce
1-2 slices of Ezekiel bread
1 cup of tomato (slices)
Sea salt and pepper to taste


1. Place the mushroom caps, smooth side up, in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, teriyaki sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper.

2. Pour over the mushrooms.

3. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, turning twice.

4. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Brush grate with oil. Place mushrooms on the grill, reserving marinade for basting.

5. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until tender. Brush with marinade frequently. Top with cheese during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

6. Place mushroom on 1 slice of bread and top with sliced tomatoes and your favorite veggies like grilled onions, sprouts, thinly sliced avocado and a little spices or herbs and top with slice of bread.

Soooo delicious!

Let me know what you think, cb20easyveggiemealsebook20final41

Kardena Pauza
Author, Easy Veggie Meal Plans

PS – And remember, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to go vegetarian everyday…

…but in this day of “agri-business”, “factory farming”, “E.coli outbreaks”, and “industrial agriculture pollution”, there’s a lot
to be said about building a better body without meat.

Click here to get started with my Easy Veggie Meal Plans and recipes

PPS – Let me know about your vegetarian lifestyle success story by commenting below…or share your favorite recipes!

Talk to you soon!

6 Comments Leave a Comment

Comment by Keith
2009-08-11 01:35:12

Hi Kardena

While I’m sure the veggie burgers are delicious (in fact I’m going to
make them for my wife and daughter, who are both vegetarian), I can’t
help wondering why you feature the bread, tomato and teriyaki sauce in
the list of ingredients, but not in the instructions.

I’m guessing that the mushroom goes on the bread (toasted?) on top of a
layer of sliced tomato. And that the teriyaki sauce is part of the

Keith Engers

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-08-13 01:37:12

Hi Keith,
Glad you are going to try it. To answer your question. The bread, well that will be the bun. The teriyaki sauce is supposed to go into the marinade. Sorry about that one, it slipped through the cracks. And the tomatoes are to be sliced and put on top. Enjoy!

Comment by Ruby
2009-09-17 17:43:39

Dear Kardena,
I love your recipes!
I live in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
Thank you for them.
Ruby Cardenas

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-10-12 00:41:17

Hi Ruby,
Thanks for the feedback. I love southwest, mexican food since I used to live in Colorado so you probably see the influence in the meal plans. Wishing you Wellness, Kardena

Comment by james morrow
2009-12-09 03:54:31

Dear Kardena:
Since I have Angina would I be better off eating Vegan Or Vegetarian? I have
tried your portobello burgers and enjoyed them,BUT I also enjoy nibbling on beef or bison once in a while. I will try and follow any advise you give me.
James Morrow

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 04:37:23

Hi James,
the difference is vegans do not eat dairy products. I would recommend being vegan since dairy is highly inflammatory and cause more stress on the body. Also dairy has the ability to rob the body of needed oxygen.
If you are going to eat a little meat, eat grass fed not grain fed. The fat ratio or unhealthy in grain fed.
I would get the angina under control or gone before going back to eating meat.
Start making veggie and fruit smoothies, fresh juices everyday and make much more fresh meals. Lots of greens also

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