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Portobello Burgers with Chipotle Avocado Slaw

Today it’s all about the portobello┬áburgers.

Portobello Burger with Chipotle Avocado Slaw | This Gal Cooks

Juicy, meaty portobello burgers. Without the meat.

For most people, summertime means grilling time. Here in Florida, grilling time is an all year event. But the holidays of late spring and summer always give everyone a reason to grill. We usually grill something every weekend and sometimes even during the week. But when a holiday rolls around, we always make sure we have something to grill. I’m not really sure why a holiday makes it feel like a special day to grill, but it does.

Some of our favorite things to grill are seafood, veggies, chicken and burgers. I quit eating pork and beef a while back but it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a hearty burger. I’ve had a lot of great veggie burgers at restaurants and I’ve even made a few of my own but none of them work as great on a grill as a portobello mushroom does.

A portobello doesn’t fall apart. You can place it right on top of the grill grates to cook it. You don’t have to place it on aluminum foil or a grill plate like you would with a black bean burger or some other type of veggie burger. You get the good made on the grill flavor with a portobello, just like you would with a meat burger.

Things to know about these portobello burgers.

  • It’s vegetarian.
  • It can be grilled.
  • You can top it with all of the classic burger toppings.
  • Melted swiss cheese is it’s best friend.
  • If you’re a meat eater, crispy bacon would go great with it.
  • It tastes great with chipotle avocado slaw.

Portobello Burgers with Chipotle Avocado Slaw

Portobello Burgers with Chipotle Avocado Slaw

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


For the Chipotle Avocado Slaw

  • 1/2 C mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese in Chipotle flavor
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 1 hass avocado, peeled, seed removed and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp salt, if desired and to taste
  • 1 package of shredded coleslaw cabbage

For the portobello burgers

  • 4 large portobello caps
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A pinch of sea salt and ground pepper for each cap
  • 4 whole wheat buns
  • Your favorite condiments


    To make the Chipotle Avocado Slaw:

    1. Whisk together the mayo and sour cream in a large mixing bowl. Place the avocado, cream cheese, garlic clove, lime juice and cilantro into a food processor and process until smooth. Pour into the mayo mixture and whisk together. Mix in the salt and pepper to your desired taste. Add the shredded cabbage and mix well.

    To make the portobello burgers:

    1. Brush each cap with olive oil, top side and bottom side. Sprinkle the top sides with sea salt and ground pepper. Heat your grill to medium high heat. Place the portobellos on the grill approximately right between two of the burners. Place cap down and grill for 3-5 minutes. If desired, place cheese on the bottom part of the portobellos (just flip over so the bottom "gill" part is facing up) and heat until the cheese is melted. Remove from the grill and set aside.
    2. If desired, toast the buns. Brush the inside of the buns with mayo and place on the grill for about 1 minute per side.
    3. Assemble the burgers with your favorite toppings. TIP: Place the portobellos top side down and put the chipotle avocado slaw inside the cap.

    Portobello Burger with Chipotle Avocado Slaw

    Portobello Burgers with Chipotle Avocado Slaw

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    33 comments on “Portobello Burgers with Chipotle Avocado Slaw”

    1. Wow, what a burger Julie!! I adore portobello’s on the grill, probably my favorite way to eat them and I think I prefer them to beef burgers actually. This is fabulous!

    2. I’m a lllllll about healthier burgers this summer. I’ve mostly stuck to chicken and turkey so far, but I need to try these!

    3. Julie, you are a lucky year-round-grilling lady! Though there are some hardcore Michiganders who grill well into the winter in their snow boots and jackets. This mushroom burger sounds amazing, especially with that zesty slaw!

      • Ha! My boyfriend is from MN, northern MN to be exact, and he said there are people who will grill, exercise outdoors and do other stuff outside in the dead of winter. I think they are crazy but I’ve never been in that cold weather before. So maybe they aren’t crazy…nah, they are crazy!

        Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

    4. I’ve always wanted to try Portobello burgers! The thick meatiness of mushrooms is so good. But wow, that slaw steals the show here! Chipotle and avocado? Did I just hear my heart skip a beat? Oh my lanta, that sounds incredible Julie!

    5. Fabulous idea for a burger. Do hope you add it to the Food on Friday: Chillies collection. Cheers

    6. Now this is my kind of burger! I love portobello especially when grilled and it sounds amazing with the chipotle avocado slaw! Pinning :)

    7. Fabulous recipe Julie!!! We’ve used the portobello mushrooms in place of buns before, but not in place of meat! Can’t wait to try that out. And that chipotle avocado slaw?! *Swoon*

    8. Portobellos have so much flavor, especially when grilled, and I love the slaw in on the burger, way more fun than lettuce!

    9. This is my kind of vegetarian burger. I absolutely love slaw on burgers anyways, but this chipotle avocado slaw sounds amazing. Love pairing avocado with something spicy!

      • I can put avocado on just about anything! Sometimes I like to use it in place of cheese on a burger and I always love to get a salad with avocado in it. Thanks for stopping by, Christin!

    10. These look better than beef! Love this idea! #client

    11. I love portabellos, and I certainly wouldn’t miss the meat with this burger! Looks delicious, Julie. :)

    12. That’s one sexy burger!!

    13. I can put avocado on just about anything! I have never tried avocado slaw before. I think that’s something I need to do. I really love how this burger is healthier. I am all about anything healthy right now.

    14. This looks wonderful!!

    15. Looks delicious and a great alternative to the usual beef burger. Nice job!

    16. Hi Julie, thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Weekend with this tasty looking burger – love the combo of flavors!!

    17. Wow, that is a gorgeous cheeseburger Julie! I’m not a fan of mushrooms, but those pictures might just change my mind. ;)