Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers: Low in Fat and Calories, High In Nutrition

There’s No Pink Slime In A Portobello Mushroom Burger!

I made portobello mushroom burgers last night. Portobello mushrooms are meaty in texture and grill easily under the broiler or on charcoal.  They were very easy to make, were tasty and satisfying but not too filling.


4 large Portobello mushroom caps
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic gloves, minced
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

Marinade caps for about 30 minutes before grilling.


Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Place the mushroom caps on the lemon juice marinade for 30 minutes, turning after 15.  Grill on medium heat until tender.  (Mine took about seven minutes to grill turning once to heat both sides.)

Serve on a skinny bun with sliced onion, Dijon mustard and kosher dill pickle.

Skinny buns are a good source of whole grains and are low in calories.

Nutritional Value Of Portobello Mushrooms 

Portobello mushrooms are easy on your waistline.  One cup is about 42 calories with only 1 gram of fat.  The one cup unit has 5 grams of protein, 6 g of carbs and 3 g of fiber.  The mushrooms contain 30% of the recommendation for copper, and 18% for phosphorus and potassium.  Other minerals include iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium and zinc.  They are rich in niacin, riboflavin, vitamins B6 and B1.

The combination of high nutrition and low calorie and fat content make them a healthy replacement for beef or other popular grilling meats.

Pair the mushroom burgers with sauteed asparagus and a strawberry salad.

Asparagus sauteed in olive oil, minced garlic, soy sauce and a sprinkle of brown sugar:

Strawberry salad with romaine lettuce, sliced almonds, cucumbers and a light raspberry dressing.

If you like the portobello mushroom burgers you might also like black bean burgers.  The recipe is here.