Monday, September 12, 2011

Western Portobello Mushroom Burger

If you've never had a grilled, sauteed, or fried Portobello Mushroom you are missing out on life! I first had one a few months ago and it blew my mind. It was mind-bottling! A cooked Portobello Mushroom takes on the texture of meat and flavor of something indescribable, a flavor Willy Wonka would invent if he were in the mushroom business instead of candy. I think he was in the mushroom biz on the side by his taste in home decor and friends, but that's a whole other blog topic.

I bought some huge portobello mushrooms and decided to make them into burgers, western style. By western I mean with grilled onions, BBQ sauce and more, similar to Carl's Jr's. Western Bacon Burger minus the meat, onion ring, ha! I'm making mine in a pan, but you can do it on a grill as well or in oven and it'll come out great!

First take half an onion and slice it for the grilled onions. Get a pan hot (about medium high heat) with 1/4" oil in bottom for onions.  Toss in the onions and saute them until golden brown, about five minutes. Once those are cooked, set aside.

Sauteing' the onions, oh yeah!

Now time for the mushroom to get cooked. put more oil in pan, this time more like a 1/4". the mushroom will absorb a lot of oil compared to onions, but you don't want it drowning in oil. make sure the oil's good an hot before adding mushroom so it doesn't absorb too much, just like when you fry something. Put mushroom with the top facing down on pan first. Don't worry about it being concave and not flat at first, it will get soft in a few minutes from heat. Do this so that the mushroom is soft when you turn it over and it will saute evenly on bottom side since it's softened now. I also put some Worcestershire sauce on the mushroom for that western flavor, I do the same for my burgers and it makes a world of difference in flavor! As you can see from my broken mushroom, that's what happens when you cook it with the top side up first.

Now flip mushroom right side up after a few minutes cooking upside down. You will be able to press gently on mushroom with spatula if desired to flatten it more and get the whole surface area of it to touch pan for an even cooking. Leave it on this side for a few minutes then it's done! Mushrooms cook quick and don't overcook well.

My mushroom cooking away.

While that's finishing up you can pop your hamburger buns in the toaster, i prefer mine toasted, just like In-N-Out!

I dressed my burger with mustard, tomatoes, lettuce, Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce (my favorite), and of course the grilled onions! Eat your heart out fast food!

What's a burger without all the sides?! A pickle, pepperoncinis, and sweet potato fries compliment this amazing mushroom burger. Oh yeah, let's not forget the Dos XX Amber in back to wash it down with! Cheers! 

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