The Girl Burger

  • Recipe courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp
Total Time:
30 min
15 min
Inactive Prep:
15 min
4 servings


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, plus more for grill grate
  • 8 pieces asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into 1-inch rings
  • 1 bell pepper, trimmed, cored, and quartered
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Cajun mustard
  • 4 ciabatta buns, halved and toasted
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese


Heat a grill to medium heat and rub the grate with a towel dipped in oil. In a large bowl, add the oil and the vegetables and toss. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Grill the vegetables, turning rarely, over medium heat until soft and charred, about 5 minutes for the asparagus, 10 minutes for the onions, 15 minutes for the peppers and mushrooms. Take vegetables off the grill and put in a bowl. Add the pesto sauce to a small bowl and add the grilled mushrooms. Toss to coat the mushrooms with the pesto.

For each burger, spread 1 tablespoon of the mustard on the bottom of the bun, top with 1/4 of the goat cheese, then layer on the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and asparagus. Cover with the top of the bun and serve.

Cook's Note: You can also use an indoor grill to grill the vegetables.

Per serving: Calories 499; Total Fat 31.5 grams; Saturated Fat 8 grams; Protein 16 grams; Total Carbohydrate 36 grams; Sugar: 10 grams; Fiber 4.5 grams; Cholesterol 18 milligrams; Sodium 738 milligrams;