Portobello Burgers with Spinach Pesto

  • Yield: 4 servings


Spinach Pesto:
2cups baby spinach, packed
1/4cup walnut pieces, toasted
1/4cup grated pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (a generous handful)
1clove garlic, grated or pasted
A few grates of nutmeg
Kosher salt and pepper
1/4 to 1/3cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Portobello Caps:
4large portobello mushroom caps
1/4cup extra-virgin olive oil
2tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
1/2pound fresh mozzarella or smoked fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
4 crusty rolls, split
Baby spinach leaves
Thinly sliced red onions


  1. Make the spinach pesto: Place the spinach in a food processor with the walnuts, cheese, garlic, and nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Turn on the processor and stream in enough EVOO to form a thick pesto.
  2. Make the portobellos: Brush the portobello caps with a damp towel to clean them. In a large plastic food storage bag, combine the EVOO, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary. Add the mushroom caps and slush around to coat with seasonings.
  3. Heat a grill pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Shake the marinade off the mushrooms and cook the caps, turning once, 10 to 12 minutes, or until well browned on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. Top the caps with the mozzarella, remove the pan from the heat, and tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
  4. Place the mushrooms on the roll bottoms and top with pesto, a mound of baby spinach, and a few slices of red onion. Set the roll tops in place.

Copyright © 2012 by Rachael Ray from THE BOOK OF BURGER published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.