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Grilled portobello burgers with cilantro garlic sauce and tortilla chips


    For this grilled portobello burger, the secret is in the sauce. Portobellos make for a tastier choice than frozen options.

When three members of my extended family went vegetarian, my burger-grilling game suffered. I did what any well-intentioned but misguided carnivore would do: I bought some frozen veggie burgers and called it a day. Since then I’ve upped my veggie burger game, although the simplest veggie burger of all remains a family favorite: the giant portobello mushroom cap. Bonus: This dish is low-calorie, leaving wiggle room for cheese, sauce and a bun.

  • 4 large portobello mushroom caps, gills removed
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices Gouda or other melting cheese
  • 4 whole-grain hamburger buns
  • 1 cup peppery greens, such as arugula or a mix
  • 4 large slices of tomato, or 8 small slices
  • 12 baked tortilla chips
  • >> Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 scallion, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water, if needed
  • Pepper, to taste

Blend sauce ingredients until mixed, but with small flecks of green. Pour into bowl and chill, up to 3 days.

Heat grill to medium high. Brush mushroom caps with balsamic vinegar, spray liberally with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill 3 minutes on smooth side, then flip. Top with cheese and grill, covered, another 3 minutes, until mushroom is tender and cheese is melted.

Meanwhile, toast buns 1-2 minutes on cut side. Place greens on bottom of bun, then tomato. Place mushroom caps on tomato. Top with sauce, then 3 chips, then cover with top bun. Serves 4.

Approximate nutritional information, per serving: 357 calories, 15 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 23 mg cholesterol, 626 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 15 g protein

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