I am totally soaking up the summer sun right now. Summer drinks, summer produce, and summer food.

Portobello Burgers with Basil Goats Cheese

Like these burgers. Similar to my Portobello Pesto Sandwich, these burgers have big, juicy, marinated mushrooms on a fat bun with a delicious goat cheese and fresh basil spread.

Portobello Burgers with Basil Goats Cheese

I’m still working on finding proper lighting in the new apartment. These photos show some harsh light coming in from the window, but strangely, I’m into it. In the winter, these photos wouldn’t fly, but in the summer I like the way they highlight what’s going on outside of the shot as well as the delicious food within the shot.

As in, I want to eat these burgers real bad and then go for a long walk in the sun.
Or sit outside on a terrace with a pint.
Or sit on the patio with a jug of sangria.

All are good options.

Portobello Burgers with Basil Goats Cheese

Wishing you guys a big-time happy weekend with tons of gorgeous food + drink. My in-laws are coming to visit us, which means a heck of a lot of walking around Montreal. SO EXCITED.

Portobello Burgers with Basil Goats Cheese


Portobello Burgers with Basil Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 3 portobello burgers


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 minced garlic cloves, divided
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 3 portobello mushroom caps, gills and stems removed
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 3 burger buns
  • Butter, for bun toasting
  • Suggested toppings: sliced tomato, greens, and roasted red pepper.


  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the oil, vinegar, 1 minced garlic clove, salt and pepper. Add the mushroom caps and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes (or refrigerate overnight).
  2. To make the goat cheese spread, combine the goats cheese, fresh basil, and the other minced garlic clove in a food processor. Process until smooth. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add a pat of butter and let it warm with the pan. Toast the buns by pressing them into the warm butter and allowing them to toast until the surface is golden. Repeat with any buns that didn't fit in the pan, adding more butter as necessary. Transfer the toasted buns to a serving plate.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high and when you see the first wisp of smoke, you're ready to cook the mushroom caps. Cook mushrooms for about 6 minutes per side, or until they are very tender and juicy.
  5. To assemble the burgers, place a large spoonful of goat cheese spread on each bottom bun, topped with a grilled mushroom cap and your additional toppings of choice.
  6. Enjoy hot!


Recipe adapted from Eat, Live, Run


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14 Responses to Portobello Burgers with Basil Goat Cheese

  1. MMMMmmmm, YES! These are my kind of burger!

  2. Grilled portobellos are amazing – this looks like it needs to be on my weekend menu!

  3. Cakespy says:

    These look like a perfect veggie-friendly cookout food! OM NOM NOM

  4. I love the photos with that lightning! It makes it look extra summery. And isn’t it such a bummer moving and trying to figure out how to take photos in the new space/with new light? I haven’t gotten it down in my new SF place yet either. Sigh.

    These burgers look great btw; one of the best burgers I ever had was a portobello mushroom burger at some roadside stop in Wisconsin.

  5. Leslie says:

    That Paul is one lucky man.

  6. I’m not vegetarian, but prefer eating portobello mushroom burgers! So I can’t wait to try these. What is it about burgers in the summer?

  7. Tonya says:

    I adore portobello mushrooms and these burgers look delish!

  8. Joanne says:

    The sun in these definitely make them feel even more summery! Love that basil goat cheese spread…perfect for any summer sandwich!

  9. Happy weekend right back atcha!
    These burgers look fantastic! And I love the care you took in making each of the components for it, sounds like a killer combination for Summer 😀
    And as for lighting, so far so good! I’m loving your foodie photos! And when light fails come Winter – there is always Ikea (just been windowshopping there today and am totally inspired!) xx

  10. These burgers look totally amazing! I’m loving that basil goat cheese 🙂

  11. I love portobello burgers and yours looks perfect. (And I put goat cheese on all my burgers, too 🙂

  12. These sound like delicious burgers for the summer! Such a great veggie option 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  13. amanda says:

    These burgers look amazing!!!

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