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Pesto and goat's cheese mushroom burgers with caramelised shallot topping

29 August 2014

This mushroom veggie burger is perfect for a quick and easy vegetarian supper, the caramelised shallots and goat's cheese make a really tasty topping.

Pesto and goat’s cheese mushroom burgers with caramelised shallot topping
Pesto and goat’s cheese mushroom burgers with caramelised shallot topping

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

15 minutes




  • 2 large Portobello mushrooms
  • 8 shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 4 tbsps pesto, plus a little extra
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 85g round soft goat's cheese
  • 2 ciabatta rolls


Pre heat oven 200c/180c fan/gas 6. Remove the stalks from the mushrooms and chop them very finely. Finely chop one of the shallots and mix it, and the chopped mushroom stalks to the pesto. Place the whole mushrooms gill side up on an oiled baking tray, fill with the pesto mix and cook for approx 15 minutes until softened.

Whilst they are cooking place the shallots in a pan with the olive oil and sugar, cook over a low heat until softened and lightly caramelised.

Top the mushrooms with the goats’ cheese and return to the oven with the ciabatta for a few minutes until the cheese is beginning to melt and the bread is warmed through.

Serve in the split ciabatta topped with the shallots and an extra drizzle of pesto.

Cook’s tip: The goat's cheese can be replaced with gruyere or any other easy to melt cheese. Serve with a rocket and watercress salad tossed in a little lemon juice and olive oil.

Our thanks to UK Shallots for providing this recipe.


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