Portobello-Prosciutto Burgers

Portobello-Prosciutto Burgers

I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again: I’ve spent many a Friday night sitting on the couch with a glass of wine. And Dateline on the television. It sounds terribly pathetic, doesn’t it? But honestly, after a long week of work, sometimes it’s all I can do to tear myself off the couch. This tends to get worse during winter Fridays. But I can’t lie and pretend like it doesn’t happen in the summer, too. Because it does. Totally.

And since the rest of my 2010 is only going to get busier and busier, it will likely be happening a lot more. There’s something to be said for completely chilling out and relaxing, knowing you have the entire weekend ahead of you. And then there are some Friday evenings, where I still have work to finish and getting up off the couch just isn’t an option. But with a good meal, a glass of wine, good TV (and Chris, of course!), I really can’t complain.

On Friday nights, I often like having what I call Friday night meals. Meals that are easy and more casual than a typical dinner. Meals that basically scream, “hey, it’s Friday! Take a load off!” I’ve found that the Pioneer Woman is especially good at coming up with these Friday night meals. This week’s Portobello-Prosciutto Burgers were no exception.

So, these burgers might be taking everything you know about the portobello mushroom burger and throwing it out the window. Because portobello mushroom burgers are vegetarian, right? Well, these ones happen to have a slice of prosciutto on them. But you obviously don’t have to add that if you’re not a meat-lover. But even with the prosciutto, these are a lot healthier than your typical burger. And just as delicious, too!

Portobello-Prosciutto Mushroom Burgers (serves 2):

    • 4 whole, large portobello mushrooms
    • 1/2 C red wine (optional)
    • 1/4 C mayonaise
    • 1 bunch basil
    • 1 clove garlic
    • Olive oil for brushing
    • 2 slices provolone
    • 2 slices prosciutto
    • 2 whole wheat rolls (or any kind you want)



So, you don’t have to do this first step if you’re not a wine-lover (but really, who are you???). In fact, the Pioneer Woman says it might not even be necessary, but like her, I did it anyway. Because when is adding a little extra wine to a dish a bad thing? And I do think it added a bit of good flavor. I cleaned the mushrooms and then put them in a bowl of red wine to soak.


While the portobellos were soaking I put the mayo, basil, garlic, and some pepper in my mini food processor. And I combined it all together. I saved a few leaves of basil for the finished sandwiches.


Then I got out my George Forman (I NEVER use it, so this was a good opportunity) and put the mushrooms on it. You could also use a grill pan (which I realize I so desperately need! I can’t believe I don’t have a grill pan!). I slathered my portobellos in some olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.


I left them on the grill (I even closed it for a bit) for about 10-15 minutes.

Then I put a piece of provolone cheese on top and let it melt a little. I only put the cheese on 2 of the mushrooms, and left 2 of them naked. Nude mushroom!! (I hope that doesn’t bring weird hits to our blog…)


I toasted the whole wheat buns and then spread some of the basil mayo on them. Yummm.

Then I put the cheese-covered mushroom on the roll. It TOTALLY looks like a beef burger, doesn’t it?


Then top that mushroom with one of the nudie mushrooms.


And top that with a slice of prosciutto. Because I mean, what’s a vegetarian sandwich without some meat? Wait. Seriously though, you don’t have to do this step. Obviously.


And a little more basil.


And voila! The perfect burger!


I mean, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good juicy hamburger. But this was pretty awesome, too.


If you’ve never had a portobello burger, you might not believe me… But it REALY REALLY almost tastes like an actual beef burger. I swear, I’m not lying! Especially after grilling the mushrooms for a while, they become super juicy, “meaty,” and absolutely filled with flavor. I’m pretty sure you could trick a few people with this.


I’m also pretty sure Chris never thought he would eat a burger that is actually a giant mushroom. But guess what? He liked it!


I’ve just been full of confessions lately, haven’t I? First I tell you I’m bad at entertaining and now I’m telling you how lame I am on Friday nights. Wow, I won’t be surprised if you all quit this blog right now. But come on, Dateline is always entertaining, right? Right?!

What’s your idea of the ideal Friday night? What about the ideal Friday night meal?


35 Responses to "Portobello-Prosciutto Burgers"

  1. I love that you soaked the mushrooms in red wine… brilliance!

  2. Diana says:

    Seriously-get a grill pan and even better make it cast iron. I love mine.

    The last 6 – 8 years, Friday has been pizza night – frozen pizza at that because my kids were in the band and we went to the games. They are off to college, so I wonder what we will do – might be watch a movie together night.

  3. Pam says:

    Now that is one fantastic and flavorful burger! I love mushrooms.

  4. These look fabulous — love the red wine addition. Seems to really distinguish this particular portobello burger from the rest.

  5. Kelly says:

    Gorgeous. Actually the night you mention above is my favorite kind of friday night, though I am usually watching an on demand movie, not dateline.

  6. Betsy says:

    Love the idea of the basil mayo, I need to make some asap!

  7. Elina says:

    I LOVE doing nothing on Friday nights but my husband is always ready to go, so we usually compromise – a dinner out, then back home to watch a movie and chill. 🙂
    The portobello burgers look awesome. I’ve never had that but I have a slight mushroom obsession so I’m definitely going to give it a go soon!

  8. Melissa says:

    I’ve never had a portobello in a burger before and obviously you’ve made me want to try it! These look so good. I am usually a Friday night loser too. After a long, hard work week nothing is better than parking myself on the couch with some take out and catching up with my DVR!

  9. Jo says:

    Ha — I like the sound of your Friday nights! My boyfriend has band practice on Fridays, so I could be out living it up with friends, but, like you, I prefer the company of my couch and a glass of wine! Nothing better than ending the week with a quiet night at home and a good 3-hour Man vs. Food marathon on TV 🙂

  10. Monique says:

    i can totally make this! Especially since Fresh Direct sent me some lovely looking shroomies that i dont even remember ordering! Good for the sndwich thins in my freezer toO!

    love this!

  11. Awesome food shots. I love chilling out on Friday nights too – my bd and I usually save Saturday night for going out and Friday to just relax. Portobello, provolone & prosciutto – great combo!

  12. Yum! Will be making this on the grill… as soon as it stops raining!

    Friday night at our house is “movie night” with our boys. We make a big bowl of popcorn, plop ourselves on the couch and watch whatever kiddie movie the kids have picked. I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way 🙂

  13. These burgers look delish! I’m with you and love staying in on Friday nights to do laundry (exciting, huh?), catch up on blog reading/writing, and get through my overflowing DVR. Oh, and I definitely have a glass of wine (or two)!

  14. Lizzy says:

    A) This burger looks fabulous! I’m starving right now!
    B) I go to bed earliest on Friday nights and wake up earlier on Saturday morning (to run before the heat) then I do any other day of the week. I don’t even get to drink a glass of wine! So trust me, I am much much lamer!

  15. Daisy says:

    Your writing is so entertaining!! This really does look like a cheesburger. My Friday nights vary – in cooking with Adam, or out with friends. But they always involve wine.

  16. peachkins says:

    I love portobello mushroom! This looks great!

  17. Susan says:

    That looks delicious! I love staying in, drinking wine and making homemade pasta sauce.

  18. i really wish i didn’t get rid of my george forman grill when i moved 5 years ago

  19. emily says:

    I love staying in on Friday nights…definitely hear you on the exhaustion factor. What’s better than good food and wine and company,though?! 🙂

    Love your portobello burgers. One of my fave meat-less creations to eat!

  20. Jessica says:

    This sounds and looks delicious! yum!

  21. Barbara says:

    What a marvelous idea! This looks fabulous and I can’t wait to try it. I am a mushroom fanatic!

  22. sweetersalt says:

    Yum! I love portabellos – so meaty and juicy (gross description?). With prosciutto – double yum.


  23. MarthaAndMe says:

    Love these! Any tips to keep them from dripping all over you though? I always find my portobellos are super juicy and run down my chin.

  24. joan says:

    Your Friday night sounds good to me.

  25. Portobellas are one of my favorite things ever – this recipe looks phenomenal! I love a glass of wine and an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC on Friday nights :).


  27. Naomi(oneFF) says:

    i LOVE relaxing on weekend nights. there is something so calming about it! doing what YOU want, eating what YOU want and watching what YOU want on TV…ahh i love it! portabellos are so good and meaty tasting! love this!

  28. Fantastic combination with portobellas and prosciutto!

  29. We sometimes just have appetizers or antipasti on Friday nights.
    This portobello burger looks fantastic!

  30. WOW totally reminds me of a sophisticated version of A&W’s mozza burger <3 mmmm 5 stars for this bad boy!

  31. Bridget says:

    Unfortunately the thing I don’t like about mushrooms is their texture…so I am not a fan of big portobellos (i love the flavor of mushrooms though!). But anyways, I think I love everything else about this meal and would love to do it on some other “burger” form 🙂 Looks delish!!
    Almost weekend time!

  32. I’ve really wanted to make portabello burgers, and now I have to make this recipes before the summer ends! I’m glad Chris liked it too – Z would probalby give me the strangest look!

  33. Ducksnarow says:

    This looks so yummy…and I am so hungry. No ingredients to make it in the house. That’s a bummer!

    Keep up the delicious inventions!
    From Sinea @ Ducks ‘n a Row

  34. Lots of flavor in this one. Of course the proscuitto is a nice touch.

  35. Maiah says:

    Drooling. Will definitely need to try this sometime!

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