One of the things I miss most in the summer is burgers on the grill. In the past I just grilled up my burger and ate it without a bun. That worked just fine actually. As I was walking through the grocery store and saw the lovely Portobello mushroom tops, I got an idea. Why not use these as the bun for my burger? What goes better with beef than mushrooms?
I got these great buffalo burgers from US Wellness Meats. You can also order them direct from Wild Idea Buffalo as well. It was raining outside so I grilled these on a grill pan, seasoned them up with lots of pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, and onion granules.
In another pan I drizzled each mushroom cap with a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper and pan seared them. You can probably grill them as well. I placed them briefly smooth side down first but just for about 30 seconds and then flipped them over to let the inside soften up a bit. I wanted the inside softer than the outside. I removed the mushrooms from the heat before it got too soft since I wanted to literally use it for a bun.
Feel free to top your burger with whatever Paleo friendly toppings you like. I used guacamole! YUM!!
Other topping ideas:
- Paleo Mayo
- Caveman Ketchup or other condiments found here: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/homemade-paleo-condiments/
- Veggies like lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion (raw or sautéed), olives, cucumbers, sprouts
This was very messy to eat but delicious. I eventually had to eat it with a fork and knife once the hot buffalo meat began to make the mushroom too soft and the juices from the burger were dripping down my chin, but it still tasted great. My kids loved it too! You can obviously use any ground meat for this, I just happened to be making buffalo burgers, but beef, turkey, pork etc. all work. Mushrooms go with just about everything. Whether you are a Paleo foodie or not, this is a yummy change of pace from a typical bun. Enjoy!