Meatless Monday: Balsamic and Pesto Goat Cheese Portobello Burgers


My parents live blocks away from an amazing farmer’s market. While the market is only open in the warmer months, it is plentiful and diverse during those months. My personal favorites are the corn ears that arrive by the truck full and people just climb all over the corn picking out their ears, and a close second, the gladiola vendors who come with the talk stalks of summer flowers in any and every color.

And hey, the freshly made donuts aren’t bad either ;)


But, let’s leave comment on the donuts behind. Today is Meatless Monday, but we’re going to keep it healthy.

In recent years, my parents started buying portobello mushrooms from their lovely farmer’s market. They marinade and grill them most often. I’m not sure if they eat them as a side or sandwich…or as an ingredient in other dishes. The beauty is, these meaty mushrooms are exceptionally low in calories and full of fiber and micronutrients…and they can be used in so many ways throughout cooking.

My only wish is that Mr. Prevention loved portobellos as much as me.


When Mr. Prevention was away for business recently, I decided to recreate a sandwich I had last summer that wow-ed me. All I know is that goat cheese and pesto were involved…and that’s all I needed to know. I took things a bit further by marinading the mushrooms in high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar…with a TON of garlic. The flavors paired beautifully with the creamy goat cheese and earthy pesto.

Why did it take me so long to put a mushroom on a sandwich? So good.


Fingers crossed for NO SNOW this week! Bring on spring!

Be well,



  1. Portabella mushroom “burgers” are the best! I bet it tastes awesome with goat cheese!

  2. I’ve used mushrooms as the replacement in quesadillas and such, but have yet to do the “burger”. I’m absolutely positive the boy would be willing to try this… he’s a meat eater, but he can’t resist goat cheese…

  3. These sound wonderful. I always forget that Nick actually loves portobello mushrooms. Yeah, it’s insane, but he does. Goat cheese, however, he hates, and I could seriously take a bath in it I love it SO MUCH! haha, gross, but seriously, it’s delicious.

  4. I love portobello burgers! These sound phenomenal!

  5. Everything about this sandwich is calling to me! These flavour combinations are just perfect-I love Portabella’s with goat cheese!! Tahnks for shainrg…


  6. I love the Oak Park Farmers Market – my Mom volunteers for the 19th Century Women’s club once a month during the summer making donuts – the smell alone is worth the long line!

    And Hannah and I tried portabella mushrooms for the first time over the summer at a Farmers Market on the North side of Chicago – they were marinated and we were both surprised at how “meaty” they tasted.

    Fingers crossed you don’t get more snow this week!

  7. That looks amazing!! I wish there were some decent farmer’s markets around me. I’m so jealous of your parents!

  8. This sandwich has my name ALL over it!
    I love all the ingredients..especially the goat cheese!

  9. I just looked at the first photo and said “holy crap”. This look ahhhhhmazing

  10. This was amazing! Of note, looks like your photo is of ciabatta and not foccaccia. I made fresh rosemary foccaccia rolls just for this recipe. You’re right – super-satisfying and yummy!

  11. This reminds me of one of my favorite sandwiches from a deli that used to be near my work, The only difference is they used pesta mayo, but I think the pesto/goat cheese is much better.I never considered recreating them, but this makes it seem so easy. Can’t wait to try.

  12. These were AMAZING!!! Loved the pesto goat cheese, next party I have I’m going to make just that as a spread for bread :)


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