Portabella Burgers with Pear-Walnut Mayonnaise

Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council and mushroominfo.com
2009 Taste of Home Every Day Every Way Recipe Contest Winner
Lindsay Sprunk, Brentwood, TN


These portabella burgers take gourmet to another level. Made with fresh arugula, Gorgonzola cheese, pears, walnuts and more, this recipe is bound to excite your taste buds.

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 1 burger


1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
4 large portabella mushrooms
1 medium pear, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4-1/2 teaspoons chopped walnuts
4 slices onion
6 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, thinly sliced
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
2 cups fresh arugula


In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic and thyme; add the mushrooms. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

In a small skillet, saute pears in oil and lemon juice until tender; cool slightly. Place in a small food processor; cover and process until blended. Stir in mayonnaise and walnuts. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Drain and discard marinade. Grill mushrooms, over medium heat, covered, for 3-4 minutes on each side or until tender. Top with onion and cheese slices. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve on buns with arugula and mayonnaise mixture.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 530; Total Fat: 38g; Saturated Fat: 12g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Sodium: 820mg; Protein: 16g; Carbohydrates: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 6g

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