Chef Jamie’s Grilled Portobello Burgers with Red Onion Balsamic Jam

July 20, 2012

Chef Jamie says: "Meaty enough to satisfy even steak-lovers, this is the perfect burger for vegetarians those looking to eat lean and clean!"

Chef Jamie says: “Meaty enough to satisfy even steak-lovers, this is the perfect burger for vegetarians those looking to eat lean and clean! Stack the smoky mushrooms onto crusty buns with plenty of burger trimmings.”

This recipe makes 4 servings.

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 large red onions, thinly sliced
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 large Portobello mushrooms, stemmed
Baby Arugula, Crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, Roasted peppers…
4 Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns, toasted

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium skillet, over medium heat.
Add the onions and thyme sprigs and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook, covered, until the onions have wilted, about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the red wine and simmer over high heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons of liquid.
Add the honey and vinegar and simmer gently until the onions get jam-like, cooking for about 15 minutes.
Preheat your BBQ or a grill pan.
Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl.
Coat the mushroom caps all over with the marinade and season the mushrooms with salt and pepper. Grill the mushrooms, turning as needed, until tender, about 4 minutes per side.
Sandwich the grilled mushrooms between the buns, top with some of the onion jam, crumbled gorgonzola and baby arugula and serve.

Jamie Gwen is a Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert and four-time Cookbook Author.

For the past 13 years, she has brought the best to radio with her weekly Live Radio Show filled with delicious conversation, heard every Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00am on KFWB News Talk 980 in Southern California and heard worldwide on iTunes and the Internet.

Jamie can also be heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM and she can be seen stirring up something delicious on television shows and in print nationwide. Jamie’s most recent cookbook entitled “Good Food For Good Times 2” is now available as an eBook and has been featured on Emeril Live, Martha Stewart and QVC.

She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and her website,, is a scrumptious resource for food lovers everywhere.

Recipe Courtesy of Jamie Gwen, 2012