Smoky mushroom burgers with roasted garlic mayo

Smoky mushroom burgers with roasted garlic mayo

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
Top mushrooms with sundried tomato breadcrumbs and serve with melted cheese and aioli for the ultimate veggie burger

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal283
  • fat17g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre4g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 4 large flat mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 roasted red peppers (from a jar), finely chopped
  • ½ small pack thyme, leaves picked and chopped


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 50g fresh breadcrumb
  • 1 tbsp sundried tomato paste
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar

For the roasted garlic mayo

  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 50g good-quality mayonnaise

To serve

  • 4 crusty bread rolls (we used ciabatta)
  • salad leaves
  • 25g cheddar or manchego, grated



    Manchego is a popular, rich, creamy sheep's milk cheese that comes from the La Mancha region…


  1. Heat up the barbecue. To make the garlic mayo, wrap the garlic cloves in a foil parcel, position on a hot spot of the barbecue and cook for 20 mins until really soft. Alternatively, bake in a hot oven for 20-30 mins. Leave to cool, then squeeze the cloves out of their skins and mash with a fork. Mix the garlic purée with the mayonnaise, then chill until ready to serve.

  2. Remove the stalks from the middle of the mushrooms and finely chop them. Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan (on the barbecue or hob), add the stalks and fry for a few mins until golden and soft. Add the peppers, thyme, breadcrumbs, tomato paste, paprika and some seasoning. Cook for 5 mins more, then set aside to cool a little. Rub the mushroom caps with a little oil, season, then top each one with 1⁄4 of the mixture. Can be chilled for up to 1 day.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a little oil in another frying pan (on the barbecue or hob), and add the onions. Cook for 15 mins until soft and golden, then add the sugar, vinegar and some seasoning. Cook for 5 mins more until caramelised and sticky. Can be chilled for up to 2 days.

  4. Put the mushrooms on the barbecue (stuffed side up), close the lid or cover with foil, and cook for 20 mins until soft and cooked through. Be sure to keep an eye on the heat and move to the upper shelf if the bottoms of the mushrooms start to burn. Split the rolls and heat these on the barbecue, too. Spread each roll with some garlic mayo, top with salad leaves, a filled mushroom, some sticky onions and a grating of cheese.

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Anita Downing's picture
Anita Downing
11th Jun, 2018
Made these last night. Turned out great! Defo one to have again. I covered with tin foil and roasted them in the oven rather than bbq.
8th Sep, 2014
Absolutely delicious. Spotted this recipe when browsing latest added and thought it looked nice so decided to try it, and it was lovely, would have happily paid for it eating out. I had it in a crispy ciabatta with a side salad and it was plenty filling. I should say I substituted roasted red peppers for sundried tomato antipasti, because I got confused about which I had in stock, but I'm sure it would be great with peppers too. Baked them in foil in the oven rather than BBQ. Also really economical as you can use a lot of store-cupboard ingredients, and probably quite healthy if you use a small amount of cheese (ale that is needed).
6th Aug, 2014
Really lovely recipe. I made in the oven rather than on the BBQ, but put the rolls on to the griddle to warm up and get the char lines. I also added some feta to the pepper/tomato/breadcrumb mix and left off the cheese on top. Delicious and will definitely cook again.
8th Apr, 2019
This sounds really nice, but I wonder if the calorie count includes the bread roll? I would have thought that the roll would be almost that many calories on its own.
goodfoodteam's picture
11th Apr, 2019
Thanks for your question. Any items listed as 'to serve' or 'optional' are not included in our nutritional calculations so in this case it doesn't include the rolls, salad leaves or cheese.
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