Good, Holy Heck Portabella Burgers

People. I know you’re busy. I know you’ve got things to do and people relying on you. Hogwash.

There is nothing more important than you grabbing your keys, hightailing it to the grocers, and buying everything you need to make these burgers stat.

Yes, I said STAT. This is a Code Awesome and you need to heed my instructions. Stat.

Thing is, I can prove to you how awesome these burgers are by telling you a story.

I was working on a bunch of freelance recipes this morning. An upcoming post I’ve been assigned for Tablespoon is titled “Summer Vegetable Sandwiches.” So I kinda lobbed a bunch of summer vegetables into my shopping cart as the store this morning and was working on pulling them all together when I got this insane idea (downright looney cakes) to stuff a hunk of farmers cheese into a baby portabella mushroom, bread it all with panko, then cook it in olive oil over my new, pretty pretty Beka grill pan.

Do you see where this is going? Well, at the time I didn’t. I was just very nonchalant about it all.

Hmmm. Hope this works. Tablespoon will be glad to get it.

And then, good high and holy heck. I pulled those crisp-coated portabellas from the pan and there was that cheese. Good crimeny, that cheese.

Topped with tomatoes. And grilled peppered zucchini. And grilled, caramelized onions.

Suddenly I realized…Tablespoon wasn’t getting this recipe. No one was getting this recipe. I was stealing it back, eating the crap out of it, and posting it on Cheeky Kitchen. Maybe I get selfish when Basil Mayonnaise is involved. Duh.

Yes,  I just said Basil Mayonnaise. B.a.s.i.l.M.a.y.o.n.n.a.i.s.e.

Hello? Are you there?

What?! You’ve already tucked your wallet in your purse and run like a mad woman to the store? Relief! I am so glad.

Because I didn’t want to do this to you. What a relief you won’t have to watch me eat. No one likes a person who rubs awesomness in their face.


Stuffed Portabella Burgers with Grilled Summer Veggies


2 baby portabella mushrooms
2 thick slices soft Farmer's cheese
2 cups panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 egg
1 small zucchini, sliced into ribbons
2 multigrain rolls
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 fresh tomato slices
4 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
a bunch of fresh basil


Before preparing your burgers, prepare your Basil Mayonnaise by pulsing the basil and mayonnaise in a blender until smooth. Set aside.

1. Wash the portabella mushrooms, then gently remove any portion of the stem remaining in the cap.

2. Gently press a thick slice of Farmer's Cheese into the bottom part of the mushroom cap.

3. In a medium, shallow bowl stir together the panko, flour, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and cayenne pepper. In a second bowl, whisk an egg until well beaten.

4. Dip the portabella (with that fabulous stuffed cheese) into the egg mixture, then into the panko breadcrumb mixture then back into the egg mixture, and back once again into the breadcrumb mixture.

5. Heat a grill pan to medium/medium-high heat. Drizzle olive oil over the sliced zucchini and onions. Salt and pepper a bit to taste. Place the zucchini and onions into the heated grill pan. Cook until golden lines appear, flip and cook on the opposite side.

5. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top (the rounded, non-cheese) side of the mushroom. Place the portabella top-side-down into the heated grill pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until the mushroom cap begins to soften.

6. Drizzle a bit more olive oil over the bottom (which will now be up on the grill pan). Flip the portabella over (now the cheese side will be down in the pan). Cook just until golden brown then remove from the pan.

7. Assemble burgers with portabella, sliced tomato, a stack of grilled zucchini and onions, and a heap of basil mayonnaise. Enjoy immediately.

Pairs beautifully with a side of sweet potato fries.

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55 Responses to “Good, Holy Heck Portabella Burgers”

  1. 1

    MidgeT on July 22, 2011 at 2:21 am Reply

    Wow! That sounds simply stunning, great concept!

    And this praise comes from an unashamed Meat lover who has always believed burgers are only made from MEAT! I just need to pick up some Portabellos tonght on my way home and I’m there.. Can’t wait!

    New convert to your blog here if you keep coming up with gems like this.. Add to that your style of writing, entertaining and inspirational! Thank You! :D

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    Georgia Pellegrini on July 22, 2011 at 7:16 am Reply

    LOVE portabello burgers. I’ve already had them twice this week, but why not a third time? Yours look great!

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    aunna on July 22, 2011 at 7:49 am Reply

    Is there a specific recipe? I need a recipe to follow. I didn’t see it there.


    • Brooke replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

      It’s there now! Sorry about that glitch!

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    Renee on July 22, 2011 at 8:43 am Reply

    What a great idea to coat the portabella in panko! Sounds yum. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Kate on July 22, 2011 at 10:39 am Reply

    All that excitement and no recipe?

    • Brooke replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

      So sorry, Kate! One little letter was wrong in my html and the recipe was invisible. YIKES! Should be there now!

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    Kathleen on July 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm Reply

    All I can say is these look AH-MAZ-ING!!!

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    Colleen on July 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm Reply

    I just want to come over and eat at your house every day!

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    Katrina on July 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm Reply

    The whole stuffed portabella part sold me right away! YUM!

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    Stephanie on July 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Holy Heck………I don’t want to go to the store! I want your address, so I can come have lunch! These look Delicious!

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    Maria on July 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm Reply

    My kind of burger! Love these!

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    Michele Brown on July 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm Reply

    My mouth is watering and my stomach growling just looking at this photos! I need to come and eat dinner at your house – deliciously divine I’m sure!

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    OHAI on July 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm Reply

    this recipe is great and all, but i’m confused as to why you specify vegan mayonnaise instead of the regular kind, when the rest of the recipe isn’t vegan. is it just for the health aspect?

    • Brooke replied: — July 22nd, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

      It’s because that’s what I used and I think the flavor is ever-so-slightly better with Vegannaise than with traditional mayonnaise. So, if you want your final product to have the same texture and tastes as the sandwich did in my kitchen, vegan mayo is the way to go.

      Of course, you can always use traditional mayo. But for us, Vegannaise reigns supreme. ;) Happy cooking!

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    Jamie @ Wokintime on July 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm Reply

    I love panko. I never tried coating the portabella in panko! I bet it adds great flavor and texture to an already delicious looking burger.

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    Betsy on July 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm Reply

    I sorta felt like I should’ve been alone while reading this post/recipe. Good heavens. ;-) Plump portabellas, grilled veggies, melty cheese, AND basil mayonnaise…it’s almost too good to be true.

    • Brooke replied: — July 24th, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

      HA! LOL!

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    peachkins on July 24, 2011 at 12:32 am Reply

    yumyum! This I gotta make this week…

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    Kate on July 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm Reply

    LOVED the portabella burgers. We RAN to the store for the ingredients. They were excellent. Really loved the basil mayonnaise – what an excellent idea for a number of things including this recipe which was utmost DELICIOUS. Super tasty – perfect for summer. Thank-you thank-you thank-you.

    • Brooke replied: — July 24th, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

      LOL! Anything worth RUNNING to the store for is definitely worth eating for dinner. HUGS!

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    Jennifer @ Natural Parents Network on July 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm Reply

    This is on my to make list. I don’t care if the resident vegetarian hates mushrooms and grilled veggies (crazy, right?), I think this looks too amazing to pass up and even my meat loving hubby has a thing for portabellas!

    • Brooke replied: — July 24th, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

      I can almost guarantee the resident meat eater will love these burgers. For reals.

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    Kat on July 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm Reply

    We just made and devoured these burgers! Oh my goodness they were fantastic, we had corn on the cob to go along. After eating my boyfriend exclaimed he was headed into a coma of satisfaction….. Will surely be making them again, I cant recommend them more! ANYONE reading this should go to the store RIGHT now and make these! You wont regret it!

    Thanks so much for sharing! Will be following you from now on!

    • Brooke replied: — July 24th, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

      Oh, hurrah! I’m so glad they worked as well for you as they did for us! XO!

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    Leigh Powell Hines (@Hinessightblog) on July 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm Reply

    A friend of mine just sent me your blog. She checks in regularly.

    These look great. I do not have a food blog. I, occasionally, do recipes, but I’m more of a parenting, humor, and travel blog mixed in with a lot of this and that. As a mom to two children, I’m always looking for recipes and tips on meal planning. So, are my readers. And your blog is one that my friend sent to me to contact.

    On August 1, I’m going to host a link up post for recipes, meal planning tips, or tools for kitchen organization to make meal planning easy. Sounds like you have a lot.

    My post from Saturday has more details. I hope you join me. ‘m going to follow you on Twitter now.



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    aunna on July 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm Reply

    We tried these tonight! I loved them!! Thanks for the great idea!! They didn’t turn out as pretty as yours but I thought they tasted delicious! I couldn’t find farmers cheese though. Can you tell me a little more about that? Is it a particular brand or type. You can tell I am a cooking novice :)

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    Carla on July 26, 2011 at 10:03 am Reply

    I don’t like mushrooms.

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    Dawn on July 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for this! I did run right out to the store to gather ingredients and make them. :) Loved the crunch and the basil mayonaise touch and the toppings and… everything. :) THANKS!

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    Aggie on July 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm Reply

    goodness gracious this looks delicious!!!

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    Jennifer on August 13, 2011 at 10:24 am Reply

    These burgers seriously couldn’t look anymore delicious! YUM!

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    kathy on August 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm Reply

    yummy yummy yummy my beautiful lady! :) yay veggie burgers. xoxo
    ps gorg photos too

    • Brooke replied: — August 25th, 2011 @ 8:06 pm


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    nolan on September 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm Reply

    lol btw im not trying to be a dick but its a little hypocritical to use vegan mayonaisse and still use an egg haha

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    Abby on October 16, 2011 at 8:41 am Reply

    Good gravy holy hamsteaks – - this recipe is getting copied, saved, forwarded, and otherwise framed for admiration for centuries, it’s THAT amazing. We followed it to a T, except I cut the onions too thin and sauteed in oil, instead. And we made homemade vegan mayo, too, which was less expensive than buying, which was Awesome. He’s right – - get on this, STAT.

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    Karrie on January 25, 2012 at 3:32 am Reply

    when you flip the mushroom does the cheese melt out on the grill? Does the egg on the mushroom get cooked enough so it is not raw?

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    Janine on January 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Made these last night; I know a good recipe when I see one. Had enough leftovers to make them again for lunch today and was happy to do so. My son made sounds of contentment the whole way through his burger! Only drawback for me was that they were quite drippy and messy. Good for eating furtively in the privacy of one’s own home, without guests. Flavors are outstanding. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Killian Ellison on January 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Looks absolutely delicious! I’m ready to stark cooking this up right now!!

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    Gaby Gamboa on February 10, 2012 at 11:04 am Reply

    I love portobello, I made this Burgers without the breading, for my Son’s Birthday last year, in May2011. The people who loves meat including my son, they just love them!
    Thank you so much for your recipe. I’m from Mexico!

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    Vanessa on February 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Wow, looks fantastic!

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    Angela @ The Dancer Bakes on February 19, 2012 at 9:12 am Reply

    I can’t wait to have more time in the kitchen so I can make these! Yummm…

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    Patricia Lawlor on February 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Made them tonight! My mom hates when I try to give her healthy. She sucked it up and had to say, they were as good as burgers! That says it all.

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    Rania on April 16, 2012 at 9:29 am Reply

    This was so delicious! It was a huge hit at the party and I’ve recommended it to many friends on Facebook! I will be making these again. YUM YUM YUM YUM!

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    Nick on May 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm Reply

    I had a question. I’m doing research right now on the vegetarian diet, and I was wondering if you could help me. Where does a vegetarian get the vitamin B12?

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    Katie on May 7, 2012 at 10:53 am Reply

    Holy heck is right. I hate mushrooms but jeez that looks good!

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    Tara on May 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Hey Brooke Im wondering…the panko crumbs dont look anything like my panko crumbs…. mine are white.

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    David F. on June 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm Reply

    I tried this recipe today. All I can say is, “WOW!”. It was very easy to make and tasted wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jill on July 9, 2012 at 6:11 am Reply

    Wow this looks delicious! I love mushrooms but my husband hates them. Will definitely be making this next time I’m on my own for dinner!

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    Zombie_BBQ on July 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm Reply

    Thank you. I’m always on the look out for new vegan / vegetarian Recipes. its a hard lifestyle to maintain. Every tasty recipe helps. <3

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    josh on August 23, 2012 at 6:55 am Reply

    Great idea and delicious i added the last of the ground deer meet from last season into my farmers cheese and it was absolutely amazing!

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    guitar lessons 365 on December 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm Reply

    Not the only on man,? i stole one of my younger brothers guitars and still cant play

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    Aaron on May 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply

    That was amazing! Really good recipe!

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