Burgers are an American tradition, but like many foods in our culture, they're probably not the healthiest dishes to eat on a regular basis. However, over the past few decades, there has been an explosion of interest in chefs that can create vegetarian or health-conscious meals that are based on old favorites. While you may have tried turkey or black bean patties, a Portobello burger is a fabulous change of pace. It's the perfect quick and easy recipe when you want to start a vegetarian night during your work week.
Portobello mushrooms are highly versatile ingredients, and you can choose to grill them on your new Gerhards appliance or explore a myriad of marinades and toppings to enhance their flavor. Ideally, grilling them will help them achieve the consistency you're looking for from your burger and it will help add a delectable smoky flavor. Like any burger, the bun you put it on is also important, so consider a whole wheat variety to add to your dish's use of all-natural and healthy ingredients.
Marinades can be a versatile idea to enhance the flavor of your Portobello burgers and give them a unique twist that your family will love. The Food Network suggests a balsamic vinegar-based marinade that's accented with spicy mustard, black pepper, olive oil and salt. After letting these mushroom caps marinate for two hours, you can throw them on the grill to cook for about three to four minutes each side and then put them on a roll with your favorite toppings.
Last but not least, you can explore a variety of toppings when whipping up your Portobello burgers. Fresh sliced avocados, gouda cheese, pesto spreads, spinach, arugula, red peppers or anything else that piques your interest can probably work with your burger. It's best to experiment with a few of your ideas to find the right combinations that your family will love.
Whether you're looking to start a vegetarian night each week or simply trying to find healthier recipes for your spring and summer barbecues, grilling up a few Portobello caps could be a wonderful way to get the ball rolling. Of course, the best way to do this is by investing in a charcoal or gas grill, or one of the many Gerhards appliances that can improve your culinary capabilities in the coming seasons.