Smoky Baby Portobello SlidersBig or small, portobello mushrooms make the perfect grilled “burger.” Portobellos’ meaty texture and rich, robust flavor take on the flavors of marinades and rubs and stay juicy and tender when grilled. The onion topping can be made up to two days ahead.


Ingredients of Smoky Baby Portobello Sliders:

  • 8 baby portobello mushrooms, stems removed
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbs. Classic BBQ Rub *(you can find the recipe below)
  • 2 medium yellow or white onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. herbes de Provence
  • ½ cup prepared barbecue sauce
  • 2 oz. shredded smoked Gouda (¾ cup)
  • 8 mini challah rolls or dinner rolls

Directions for Smoky Baby Portobello Sliders:

  1. Toss mushrooms in bowl with 1 Tbs. olive oil and Classic BBQ Rub. Set aside.
  2. Heat remaining 2 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and herbes de Provence, and cook 30 minutes, or until golden, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. Heat grill or grill topper over medium-high heat. Rub grate or grill topper with vegetable oil. Place mushrooms stem-side down on grill. Brush mushroom tops with barbecue sauce, and grill 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft and charred around the edges. Flip, and grill 3 minutes more. Divide cheese among mushrooms, placing in center of each stem side. Grill 1 minute more, or until cheese is melted.
  4. Meanwhile, warm buns on grill. Spread barbecue sauce on bottom buns, then top each with 1 mushroom, sautéed onions, and top bun.

Nutritional information:

Per Serving (2 sliders)

  • Calories: 355
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Total Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43 g
  • Cholesterol: 34 mg
  • Sodium: 1 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 16 g

*Classic BBQ Rub

Makes 3/4 cup

30 minutes or fewer

This basic spice blend can be added to marinades or sprinkled directly on grilled vegetables. The recipe makes enough for about four uses as a rub, marinade, or sprinkle. Store in an airtight container for use all through the summer.

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sweet paprika
  • 3 Tbs. ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbs. kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in small airtight container. Shake well to blend. Store in refrigerator.