Portobello & Beef Patty Melt

January/February 2008

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This diner classic gets a makeover by replacing some of the ground beef with finely chopped portobello mushrooms, which add moisture and flavor. We like a smear of pickle relish on top, but you could try chutney, mustard or hot pepper relish in its place. Make it a Meal: Round out the plate with Oven Sweet Potato Fries and Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower.

"These were delicious and my whole family, even the 4 year old and 1 year old, loved them. I added a little sliced sweet onion on top of the burger instead of the relish. Yummy! "
Portobello & Beef Patty Melt

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 12 ounces 93%-lean ground beef
  • 2 cups finely chopped portobello mushroom caps, (about 2), gills removed
  • 3 tablespoons plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 slices rye bread
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 8 teaspoons pickle relish
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese, (2 ounces)


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a broiler pan with foil.
  2. Gently mix beef, mushrooms, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire, thyme, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until combined. Shape into 4 patties and place on the prepared pan. Broil until cooked though, 4 to 6 minutes per side.
  3. Meanwhile, toast bread. Rub each slice of toast with garlic.
  4. Place 1 patty on each piece of toast, top each with 2 teaspoons relish and cover with a slice of cheese. Remove foil and place the sandwiches on the pan; broil until the cheese is just melted, 30 to 60 seconds.


Per serving: 352 calories; 13 g fat (6 g sat, 4 g mono); 78 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 3 g fiber; 617 mg sodium; 512 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (36% daily value), Iron (20% dv), Folate (17% dv), Calcium (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

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Main dish, meat
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30 minutes or less
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