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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Portabella Mushroom Burgers

BBQ to Perfection and Impress Your Guests!

The Perfect Combination

Well folks, it has been a while since I last wrote.  So much has happened since I shared my holiday highlights back in December 2009.  

I finished school, moved back to Toronto and started my own accounting/bookkeeping business.  In the midst of all the change, much of our "stuff" was packed in storage for six months, including my cookbooks. I also had a couple of computer blow ups and lost quite a bit of data which had me off line from Lime Green Vegan for a while.  But now I'm back!

Life has been crazy and hectic for the past 6 months, but I never stopped searching for the perfect vegan recipes to share.  I'm excited about this next recipe, which is all about simplicity and the perfect combination of ingredients, resulting in a unique and delicious flavour.

We have tested these burgers on two completely separate test groups - life-long meat eaters - who were blown away by the amazing flavour and texture.  If you like mushrooms, you are going to LOVE these amazingly delicious and healthy burgers.  Be warned though, they are addictive, extremely filling and satisfying.  I'm craving them just writing about them!

Ingredients You Will Need (Serves 4)

4 portabella mushrooms
1 large red pepper
1 medium onion
1 clove of garlic minced
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of olive oil
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 table spoon of lemon juice
Freshly chopped basil, dill or any herb you like (added to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste


-Wash mushrooms and remove stems
-Lightly oil the outside of the mushroom with some olive oil and place on a plate with the stem side facing up
-Mince garlic, dice red pepper and onion and place into a bowl
-Pour vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce and lemon juice over diced veggie mixture
-Add freshly chopped herbs of your choice to taste.  Ex. 12 leaves of basil
-Mix all ingredients until everything is evenly coated and mixed into a chunky liquid marinade
-Evenly spoon veggie mixture on top of each mushroom and all remaining liquid will be poured and soaked inside the cup of the mushrooms
-Marinate for 15 minutes to half an hour
-Put on the grill on low/medium and cook them your like, approx 15 minutes

Add salt and pepper to taste, place burger on a bun, add condiments of your choice or just eat as is with a fresh garden salad on the side.  

Variations and Ideas:

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can experiment and play around with the ingredients.  For example, you can alter the flavour greatly by using different grades and flavours of balsamic vinegar.  We love to use a 12 year old vinegar with the consistency of molasses, which adds a beautiful sweetness to the burger.  You can also try adding dijon mustard to the marinade mixture if you like a strong mustard taste.  As for condiments, sometimes we add vegan pesto to the mix. The possibilities are endless. If you discover a new variation of this recipe, please do post and share.  Would love to hear about your experiences.

Now that we are settled here in our new home in our favourite city, I am happy to say that I will be posting new delicious recipes on a more regular basis.  Stay tuned for more to come!


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