This has been a week. Between a career fair, two days of jury duty, my mom coming in town to see a show (Not That Jewish) and a visit to a partner advertising agency, I’m so ready for this long weekend.
James and I had burgers on the menu tonight. On the way home I passed Citerella, and had a few impulse buys to try something different with them. The result came out really well, I hope you’ll give it a shot, if you like something with a kick.
What you’ll need:
- Small flat portobello mushroom caps, in line with the size you like your burger and as many as you’d like (can make extra for a leftover side dish)
- 1 lb of ground beef (made 5 small burgers for us, we each ate 2)
- Handful of scallions
- Red onion, just a bit to fill each mushroom cap with a few slice, per photo
- Huy Fong chili garlic sauce [my impulse buy]
- Coconut aminos
- Sesame oil
- Chia seeds
- Sesame seeds
- 1 avocado
- Preheat oven to 450F
- Clean and de-stem mushrooms and place on a tin-foiled baking sheet, textured side up.
- Pour a tsp of coconut aminos into each mushroom cap and put a few red onion slices into each cap as well, put in oven for ~12 minutes where they’ll start to get a little crispy.
- Meanwhile, mix beef, 2 tsp of chili garlic sauce (will make it spicy), and 3 tsp of coconut aminos all together. If you have them on hand, sprinkle some green scallions in there too. Form into burger patties and grill – we use a cast iron grill pan and James is the designated griller (thanks for those great grill marks!) – but make sure you’re cooking them on both sides while not overdoing it.
- While that’s going, cut an avocado in half and hatch mark it so you get big chunks. Coat in a tsp (or a little less) of sesame oil and a tsp (or a little less) of coconut aminos. Mix around, then top with some dashes of sesame seeds and chia seeds. This adds flare and a little crunch, making it feel a bit more authentic.
When everything is done, I dare you to try to stack it like a real burger. These were far too juicy (a good thing!) and not easy to stack, but if you get some mushroom, onion, avocado and burger in one bite – yum! You get a delicious and subtle flavor that puts an awesome spin on a classic.
My other impulse buys: 2 packets of prosciutto, a cantaloupe, some fresh dates and macadamia nuts.