Jerk-Spiced Portobello Burgers Recipe

You don’t really have to make these vegetarian “burgers”–they make themselves. All you do is coat portobello mushroom caps with olive oil and a mixture of spices that you already have in your cupboard. The burgers work beautifully on the grill or in the pan, and you can serve them in burger buns or on top of rice.

What a welcome way to heat up your summer foods. The magic of these burgers is in the combination of spices: Jamaican jerk really sizzles!


2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon freshly-grated nutmeg
4 large Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1. Mix the spices in a small bowl.

2. Coat the mushroom caps with 2 tablespoons of the oil, then coat evenly with spice mixture.

3. Grill over medium-hot fire until done, about 5 minutes per side, or pan-fry in about 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, about 5 minutes per side, until done.

4. Serve on toasted burger buns, or on top of rice.

Serves 4.

Inspired by Vegan Planet, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2001).

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Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ

Thanks for sharing

Jaime A.
Jaime Alves2 years ago

Thanks, will try out.!!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

Sorry for the double comment!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

something to try out :-)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

something to try out :-)

paul m.
paul m.2 years ago


Dale O.

Very tasty and delightful! These certainly are a wonderful meal.

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon2 years ago

I don't understand the term "jerk-spiced" and "jamaican jerk" as applied to this recipe, I suppose it's an american thing. In Australia a jerk is a person who does something really stupid. The recipe sounds great though. Thanks :)

Penny C.
Penny C.2 years ago

We love these portobelos I usually just stuff them.Thanks for this.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you