Vegetarian Mushroom Burger Recipe – No Bread Either!

by Robyn Wright on June 25, 2014

in Food

Vegetarian Mushroom Burger - no bread either! Perfect alternative for vegetarian guests at cookouts this summer!  |

Alright my vegetarian friends, this recipe is especially for you. A mushroom burger and there is also no traditional bun for this meal. Even without meat or a regular bread bun I still think this looks delicious. Sometimes at restaurants I order the vegetarian items like this and of course at home there is Meatless Monday that I try to do sometimes. If you are grilling this 4th of July, or anytime this summer, this would be a great option for the vegetarian guests you invite.

Special thanks to Maria Zoitas, creator of Maria’s Homemade prepared foods which are sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC, for sharing this recipe with us. The recipe, as shared, calls for baking the portabella “bun” in the oven, but you can easily grill this outside.  The “burger” insides are pretty simple and you could adapt this as well adding any extra items you might like. The grated lemon zest will really have a great impact though so be sure not to skip this ingredient.

What do you think of this recipe? Is it something you would try yourself? Is it something you would make for vegetarian guests at a cookout this summer?


Vegetarian Mushroom Burger

Serves 1
Dietary Vegetarian
By author Maria Zoitas


  • 2 portabella mushrooms, evenly shaped, remove stems
  • 32oz baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh garlic
  • 4 pieces drained, oil marinated sundried tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup soft goat cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest


Preheat oven at 350ᵒF
In a medium bowl, rub the mushrooms with 3 tsp. of E.V.O.O., place mushrooms in a baking tray and cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove baking tray from oven and set aside.
In a 4-quart pan, use the remaining E.V.O.O. to sauté the garlic until it is golden brown, add the spinach and salt and sauté on medium heat. After 3-4 minutes remove pan from stove and set aside.
The portabella mushrooms will serve as the "burger buns". Use one mushroom, the outer part of the mushroom as a base and stuff the hollow part of the mushroom first with spinach. Use a metal spoon to add the fresh goat cheese, then add the grated lemon zest. Finally top with the other mushroom.
Serve burger as any other burger or you can serve with knife and fork.

© 2014, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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1 Wanda McHenry June 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Now, I must say that looks delicious. I’ve never seen portabella used that way. Unfortunately my carnivore husband would refuse, but that’s right up my alley. Him: Hamburger and I’m going to try this! Pinning!

2 tannawings June 26, 2014 at 12:23 am

We make this but I use the bread and the mushroom is the ‘meat’ I dont use the goat cheese but whats really delicious is very fresh mozerella and a garden fresh tomato . We also prefer these grilled, and if we are lucky Vidalia onions are in season and we grill those too and stick them on top, My husband who never liked mushrooms and thought he needed meat even loves these! Next time we make them, I might go fr it your way using the mushrooms as the bun it sure looks good.

3 Robin June 26, 2014 at 5:09 am

I would definitely try this recipe! Portobello mushrooms are so good, and I love your idea of using them as buns. Thanks!

4 Ashley Bellin June 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

I don’t normally like mushroom burgers, but this sounds really good! Anything with spinach and garlic I will try at least once :)

5 coupontammy June 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm

My husband would love this! I have tried a recipe that is similar but that has a bun. I have got to try this recipe. Thanks

6 Sweetmissa July 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm

This looks delicious! I love that the recipe is for 1 because I know my hubby wouldn’t eat it :)

7 gina71 July 13, 2014 at 7:43 am

I try to eat more low carb and this is perfect! i love the addition of goat cheese, that adds a unique yummy component.

8 Joey Simmonds July 13, 2014 at 9:45 am

I would try on of those if someone made it. Just because I like mushrooms so much. Don’t think I would make it myself though.

9 Tiffany C August 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm

This is a great idea! We often make sandwiches with red leaf lettuce so why not a portabello mushroom! I have to try this, dds and I love mushrooms, thanks for sharing!

10 Christina G. August 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I can’t imagine eating a mushroom that size. But it does look enticing. Thanks for sharing!

11 ncjeepster August 26, 2014 at 5:15 am

Thanks for sharing, I love mushroom burgers and have not put some of the spices noted here. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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