Mushroom, Haloumi and Avocado Burgers

Mushrooms!  What a wonderful food…  Where would a vegetarian be without them…  We adore these burgers and we aren’t vegetarians but they are so damned delicious I defy even the most staunch meat-eater to turn their nose up at these.

The giant field mushrooms are ideal for this as they are big and thick so the texture really is like a meaty burger.  The sweetness of the mushroom and the slight saltiness of the haloumi cheese is a perfect match.  The avocado gives a lovely zing to the entire proceedings…

Mushroom Burgers

Ingredients:

4 wholemeal buns

4 large field or Portobello mushrooms

1 packet of Haloumi cheese sliced into 4 thick slices

1 teaspoon Olive oil

1 long red chilli (seeds removed) finely sliced

1 large clove of garlic finely sliced

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Couple of sprigs of thyme, finely sliced

Handful of baby spinach leaves

1 ripe avocado

Couple of tablespoons mayonnaise

Salt & pepper to season

Method:

Mash the avocado and mix with half the lemon juice

Season to taste and set aside

Meanwhile heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and gently fry the mushrooms for a few minutes until just softened.

Add in the garlic, chilli, zest and rest of lemon juice and sauté for a minute or two

Season with a little salt & pepper to taste

Drizzle over the honey and apple cider vinegar and top with thyme sprigs.

Coat the mushrooms thoroughly and leave on very low heat until ready to assemble the burgers

In the meantime in another clean fry-pan, fry the haloumi cheese slices until golden brown on each side

Spilt each bun and lightly toast cut side up under a grill

Spread a generous amount of mashed avocado on the one cut side up half of each bun

Top with a slice of haloumi, then a mushroom (with some of the lovely sauce)

Finish off with fresh baby spinach leaves and spread some mayonnaise on the cut side of the top half of the bun

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

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