The sweet, complex flavors of balsamic vinegar enhance the smokiness of grilled portobellos and bell pepper, making for an ultra-satisfying meatless burger.

Everyday Food, July/August 2008


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add bell pepper and mushrooms; toss gently to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes (or refrigerate, up to overnight).

  • Heat grill to medium; lightly oil grates. Grill bell pepper, skin side down, until blackened, about 10 minutes; remove from grill. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard skin; set bell pepper aside. Grill mushrooms, covered, until lightly charred and tender, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  • Dividing evenly, top bottom half of each bun with bell pepper, mushrooms, goat cheese, and lettuce. Close burgers, and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

A large shallow dish allows the marinade to evenly coat the vegetables. Portobello burgers are nice and juicy because the mushroom caps underside thirstily absorbs the marinade.


Reviews (4)

60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 3
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I am always looking for whole food recipes to pin and share and try with my 90/10 Nutrition Challenge Groups ( and this is one that worked perfectly. They are messy but very tasty. And, to the question below, I don't think it is necessary...just makes them a bit messy...but that is part of the fun. ;)
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Mine is a question rather than a review. I was taught to remove the dark underside of the mushroom because it becomes "muddy" when it's cooked. I see they are still there in your picture. Do you disagree then? Thank you.
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Amazing! I did a test run because I'm having vegetarian dinner guests this weekend. Despite being a dedicated carnivore, I might actually choose these *over* meat from time to time.
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Very easy, tasty and quick. Marinated the mushrooms for the afternoon and grilled them on the Foreman grill - delicious. My 5 year old loved it.