File the following under my list of current obsessions.

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Perfect single serving margaritas… with lots of salt.

Creating the extra smokey [aqua] eye with a $24 dollar brush and MAC’s Talent Pool.

Surviving on toast, cheese, chocolate, avocado and butter-sauteed mushrooms while playing single lady for an entire week.

Real World. What.a.trainwreck. But I don’t watch it. That’s just what I’ve heard.

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Searching for the only self tanner in the universe that doesn’t turn me 6 shades of dirty Jersey Shore orange.

Hugging it out.

Daily long walks that are triumphant to any other form of cardio.

Ice cold water studded with strawberries and cucumbers.

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See also:

Trashy celeb magazines.

Blake Shelton. Huuuuuuge girl crush.

Pinterest. Still can’t stop.

Vacuuming up a 2 pound container of spilled sprinkles in the crevice of my counter.

Eating burgers off of English muffins.

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Have you ever eater a burger on top of the crusty nooks and crannies? Obsessed. I can’t get over the toastiness and the crunchiness and all-around goodness.


My current fixation on mushrooms finally led me down the dusty and sometime-fungied path of a giant portobello burger. I’m waaay too much of a beef lover to order something like this on the reg, so I took it upon myself to create a little snack that I am now enamored with.


Buttery roasted garlic, creamy avocado, marinated portobello caps and syrupy balsamic. Oh, and two thick slices of gouda. What are you waiting for?


Imagine how much better your day is going to get after eating this. I think it’s time to drop whatever you’re doing and make one. You have my permission.

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Piled Portobello Gouda Burgers with Roasted Garlic

makes 4 burgers

4 English muffins (light multigrain are our favorites)

4 portobello mushroom caps

2 heads of garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 thick slices of gouda cheese

1 small red onion

1 medium tomato, sliced

1 avocado, sliced

butter lettuce for garnish

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

for mushroom marinade:

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons cooking sherry

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 garlic clove, minced

Two hours before serving, combine the marinade ingredients in a shallow dish and add mushrooms. I let them lay on their top side in the marinade, and spoon some marinade into the bottom-up side to let it soak. Marinate for two hours.

One hour before serving, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice off the top of the heads of garlic and drizzle a bit of olive oil (1/2 tablespoon) on top. Wrap in foil and roast for 45 minutes. Let cool completely. Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes, then turn off heat and set aside to thicken.

Slice red onion into rings and add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil into a large skillet on medium heat. Add onions and let soften and caramelize for 10-12 minutes. Set aside once finished, leaving the skillet on. Add the marinated mushrooms to the skillet top side up. Cook for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 4 more. Turn back over, add a slice of gouda on top, and turn off heat.

Toast the English muffins. Using your fingers, squeeze roasted garlic out of the head into a bowl. Mash with a spoon. Spread on both sides of each English muffin.

Top English muffin with a portobello cap, onion rings, tomato, avocado, and butter lettuce. I recommend a light sprinkle of salt and pepper on the tomato and avocado for flavor. Finish with a drizzle of syrupy balsamic and serve.

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Only made better with bacon. Duh.

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156 Responses to “Piled Portobello Gouda Burgers with Roasted Garlic.”

  1. #
    Nicole — May 23, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    Awww…well you KIND OF went with my suggestion for Very Teryaki marinted and then grilled Portobellas. I still think you need to try it exactly, but this is close and that means that maybe my suggestion had an influence upon your eating. Score 1 for the hometeam.


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    thehealthyapron — May 23, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    yes, yes, and MORE yes! I love any form of burger on an english muffin! I prefer the crunch vs the softness of a bun, plus they are typically smaller (helps to keep my portions in check). Looks yummy…although I’ve never tried gouda cheese…


    • Jessica — May 23rd, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

      Oh girl… you must!


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    Amy — May 23, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Ok, this looks insane. LOVE the english muffin instead of bun – genius!


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    Katie — May 23, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    I’m obsessed with portobello mushrooms, these look insanely delicious.


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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — May 23, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    Portobello mushroom burgers are my FAV! And this is only made better by the other toppings – gouda, avocado, and roasted garlic, oh my!! They look absolutely amazing!


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    Tori (Fresh Fruition) — May 23, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    I love portobello burgers! So much better with tons of melty cheese, too :)


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    Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique — May 23, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    Yummy! These look so good. :)


  8. #

    I’m not usually a mushroom burger person, but that looks good!


  9. #
    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen — May 23, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    Those portobello burgers look phenomenallll


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    Gabe — May 23, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    I dont really like mushrooms but that burger looks amazing!

    The best self tanner I have used is one of those gradual moisturiser tanners, back home (australia) both Dove and Johnson & Johnson make great ones, but I think Jergens do one here…they smell better and work very gradually so its hard to go toxic orange or get streaks.


  11. #
    Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen — May 23, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    Yuuuuuummmmmm!!! Thanks for this!


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    Ashley — May 23, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    I am a garlic roasting virgin…what is wrong with me? :)


    • Jessica — May 23rd, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

      Oh my gosh… you NEED to. It’s like butter.


  13. #
    Elle — May 23, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    A girl after my own heart! We have portobello burgers and sandwiches at least once a week. Loving the gouda!


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    Christina — May 23, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    I’ve never had a portobello mushroom burger…is it really that good? I should believe you, since you wouldn’t post about anything veggie unless it was. I love that you used english muffins, definitely have to try that!


    • Jessica — May 23rd, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

      Oh my gosh… so good. But you know I’m obsessed with mushrooms so much right now so I’m probably biased.


  15. #
    Allison — May 23, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    I am definitely making these soon!


  16. #
    Sarah — May 23, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    Mushrooms + Mass amounts of delicious cheese = a very very happy me!


  17. #
    Serena — May 23, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    I am obsessed with mushrooms. I am in love with english muffins. I adore toppings. Hmm, I think that anyone who saw us together would say that these burgers and I are a match made in heaven.


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    Alexa @ Simple Eats — May 23, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    You had me at “thick slices of gouda cheese.” Drooool.


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    Naomi(ONEFITFOODIE) — May 23, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

    I ADORE cucumbers in water…except not ice cold..I feel like such an old lady that I prefer *room temp* water with NO ice!! my grandmother always asks for no ice at restaurants and I have found myself doing that…oh geez

    pass the margarita + burger!!


    • Jessica — May 23rd, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

      For daily drinking I also prefer room temp water! We are weirdos together.


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    Coco200066 — May 23, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    Love it…can’t wait to try these out.

    Thanks for sharing.


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    Danielle — May 23, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    Wow!! There are no words! Your Portobello Gouda Burgers look out of this world. I wish you owned a restaurant, so that I could get one from me. I am definitely going to make this, but mine will never look as good as yours do. Good job!!!


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    helana — May 23, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    <3 everything on your Pinterest didnt see anything i DIDNT like
    let me know if you make the Nutela stuffed french toast!!! YUM


    • Jessica — May 24th, 2011 @ 6:56 am



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    Amy at TheSceneFromMe — May 24, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    Have you tried L’oreal Sublime Gel self tanner? I think its good.


    • Jessica — May 24th, 2011 @ 9:32 am

      I do have some of that! It’s not terrible but not my favorite.


  24. #
    Mushrooms Canada — May 24, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    Ohhhhh burger heaven!!
    – Brittany


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    Sahar — May 24, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    I love mushrooms too! I want to make this, but don’t have any cooking sherry at home. Do you think I cold leave it out or sub in something else?


    • Jessica — May 24th, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

      I think you can just leave it out!


  26. #

    I absolutely love grilled portabella mushrooms!!!!


  27. #
    Annie@stronghealthyfit — May 24, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Holy Yum. I want that.


  28. #
    Ashley — May 24, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    Found this recipe this morning on foodgawker. Made it tonight for dinner. It was the best thing I’ve ever eaten! Thank you for the great recipe.


  29. #
    Jolene ( — May 25, 2011 @ 1:18 am

    That looks like a perfect burger to me! Very summery!


  30. #
    Natalie — May 25, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    I’ve been seeing burger recipes everywhere. But as always yours are making me drool!


  31. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — May 25, 2011 @ 1:04 pm


    My lunch of YOGURT is *just* not cutting it.


  32. #
    Aggie — May 25, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    this is fantastic! my kind of burger :)


  33. #
    Lindsay — May 25, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Clinique Sunless tanner is the BEST!! Trust me. xoxo


  34. #
    mn2nm — May 26, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    Delish! Made them last night. My hubby and I really enjoyed them – left a review at tasty kitchen!


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    Tiffany — May 26, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    First, just found your site and I am in LOVE!! Totally a girl after my own heart. I quit eating added sugar and it changed my life but I love food and I work out and (usually) eat super good so when I can eat the good stuff when I want :) BUT my real reason for writing is to tell you to try Famous Dave’s Moisture Tan. THE. BEST. SELF. TANNER. EVER. Seriously. I am a natural strawberry blonde and it is all I will use. Try it, you will love it!!


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    Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves — May 27, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    I love the little obsessions. Can’t get enough of MAC either…. and your burger pics really made me salivate!


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    Kim — May 28, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    I tried this with goat cheese instead of gouda and added some cucumbers for crunch. omg. So good!

    Also, Blake Shelton = love.


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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — May 28, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    Dude. I totally eat veggie/portobello burgers ALL the time and then put bacon on ’em. It’s the only way to do it.


  39. #
    Sam — May 29, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    As far as self tanner’s go, st. tropez is the only one I trust.

    It’s expensive but you won’t be orange, and the notorious self tanner smell is barely noticeable.


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    Baking 'n' Books — May 30, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    I like your new layout! Much easier to read.

    …but do you eat these with a fork and knife?! I imagine the avocado on the top is messier than a bun…;)


    • Jessica — May 30th, 2011 @ 10:12 am

      Nope, you can eat them like a regular burger. There is a bun on top.


  41. #
    Jenn — May 30, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    OMG I made these tonight and they were delish!! We were grilling out for the holiday, big hit!!!


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    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins — May 31, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    Mmmmm….these look yumazing!


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    d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo — May 31, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    I’m going to try this marinade tonight and grill my mushrooms!


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    Katie — June 2, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    ahhhh, but The Real World is WORSE this season. Disaster times infinity. In the best way.


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    Amjazzy — June 2, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

    The most worth it food baby of all time! Just made it with a side salad and corn on the cob, all the flavors blended well. Only thing I would nix is the balsamic reduction b/c it made my bun a little soggy. Next, i’m gonna try it goat cheese. Keep the deliciousness coming, love your blog.


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    pearlharbor — June 8, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    I made this yesterday and they were DELICIOUS! Thanks for the awesome recipe!


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    betsy — June 9, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    Making these TONIGHT!


    • betsy — June 9th, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

      it was so delicious! the roasted garlic on the bread took it over the top! love your blog..


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    Jessica — June 14, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    Lovely recipe! I can’t wait to try it. I came across your blog on the Tasty Kitchen site and I love your recipes. Question….do you scrape off the gills from the portobello mushroom caps? I’ve heard some recipes that call for scraping them off.

    Also can’t wait to make your funfetti cupcakes!


  49. #
    Terin — July 12, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    These. were. AMAZING. I may have them for dinner every night this week!


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    Maya — August 31, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I have a couple portabellas and just found this. I must make it. Trying to convince the hubby to eat mushrooms instead of a regular burger for one night….we’ll see.



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