Lettuce Wrapped Mushroom, Swiss, Bacon Burger with Barley Slaw


A gourmet burger recipe gets lightened up by using lettuce instead of a burger bun. Served with a fresh yet hearty coleslaw accented with barley, grainy mustard and fresh dill, this dinner will satisfy a hungry appetite. Easily transform this recipe into a gluten-free option by using cooked quinoa instead of the barley.

Lettuce Wrapped Mushroom, Swiss, Bacon Burger with Barley Slaw
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Serves: 6 servings
  • Slaw:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp EACH red wine vinegar and grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp EACH freshly ground black pepper, and celery seed (optional)
  • ¾ cup dry pearl barley, cooked and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 bag (397 g) shredded coleslaw blend (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh dill or parsley
  • ⅓ cup chopped green onion
  • Mushrooms:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb (500 g) sliced cremini or button mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp steak spice blend
  • Burgers:
  • 1 lb (500 g) extra lean ground beef
  • 4 strips raw maple smoked bacon, diced
  • 1-1/2 tsp steak spice blend
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • Green leaf, Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves, washed and dried well
  1. Preheat grill to medium heat; grease grates well. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes per side, testing doneness with a digital instant read thermometer inserted sideways into centre of each patty to ensure patties are cooked to 160°F (71°C). Top burgers with cheese slices during the last 2 minutes of grilling, or until melted.
  2. Place each burger in a lettuce leaf on 6 serving plates; top burgers evenly with mushroom mixture and serve with slaw on the side.
• To Cook Indoors: Cook burgers in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
• Maple smoked bacon can be replaced with any type of side bacon, such as applewood smoked, peppercorn crusted or chipotle.
• Make ahead: Slaw can be prepared, covered and refrigerated overnight before serving. Assemble burger patties and refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour or up to 1 day before cooking and serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙th of recipe Calories: 437 Fat: 27.9 g Saturated fat: 7.7 g Sugar: 7.1 g Sodium: 793 mg Fiber: 3.9 g Protein: 7.1 g



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