Quick and Creative Mushroom Veggie Burgers

At times it can be difficult to come up with new and exciting vegetarian recipes.  However, this does not mean you should be any less creative. The following recipe was developed to put a twist on the already much-loved veggie burger, and save time.

You will need:
1 veggie burger
1 Portobello mushroom (large in size)
Cheese of your choice (pepper jack works particularly well)
1 bun or roll (foccaccia bread can be substituted here for a little treat!)
Lettuce and tomato
Cooking spray (such as Pam)
Butter (or margarine)

This recipe works best if you can organize multiple frying pans at once, especially if you are cooking for more than one person. If two pans are available, designate one for the veggie burgers, and the other for the mushrooms. Follow the steps below for vegetarian success!

1. Wash the Portobello mushroom completely, and remove the stem.

2. Spray the cooking spray on the pan designated for the veggie burger, and cook slowly on low heat according to the package. 

3. If possible, simultaneously, melt butter or margarine in the other pan to begin cooking the mushroom.

4. Flip both the burger and mushroom often to be sure that each are cooking properly.

5. In the meantime, slowly toast the bun in either a toaster oven or conventional over.

6. When the bread appears to be slightly toasted, lightly apply butter (or margarine) and allow it to melt.

7. Next add cheese to the bread.  Applying butter (or margarine) first allows for better cooking.

8. Be attentive to your burger and mushroom.  You will know the burger is cooked when it is slightly browned and hot all the way to the center.  The mushroom is a bit more tricky.  It will darken in color, and shrink somewhat in size as the water runs out.  It will be flexible when it is finished cooking.

9. Finally, apply the mushroom and burger to the bread, preferably with the burger on the bottom. 

10. Use lettuce and tomato to garnish.

Ketchup, mustard, bleu cheese and balsamic vinaigrette dressings have all proven to be great with this meal.  This is a personal preference.

This quick and easy recipe can be completed in about 15 minutes and is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.  Enjoy!

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