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Spicy Honey-Maple Glazed Portabello Burgers w/Smoked Cheese and Bacon

This is a great alternative to your traditional hamburger but with a sweet and spicy twist. The bacon adds a bit of smokiness that balances out the sweet glaze.

Ingredients 

6 Ciabatta Rolls sliced
6 Portabello Mushrooms
12 slices of bacon
2 thinly sliced avocados
6 slices smoky mozzarella cheese
spicy brown mustard
paprika
butter

Mayo spread:
2/3 cup quality mayo
1 - 2 T chopped sundried tomatoes
1/2 t smoked paprika
1 T finely chopped red onion
salt and pepper to taste

Glazing Sauce:
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c dark REAL maple syrup
1/4 c quality honey
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T dry ground mustard
1 T orange juice, fresh squeezed
1 T chopped garlic
pinch of paprika
pinch of black pepper

Instructions 

Preheat grill.

Make ahead the mayo sauce. Set aside.

Make the glazing sauce....
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c dark REAL maple syrup
1/4 c quality honey
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T dry ground mustard
1 T orange juice, fresh squeezed
1 T chopped garlic
pinch of paprika
pinch of black pepper

Blend all ingredients in a sauce pan with a wire whip and heat slightly until everything combines.

Grill the bacon.

Grill the portabello and brush on glazing sauce until done.

Toast the buns. Buttered and sprinkled w/paprika

Assemble the burger from bottom to the top.

Toasted Ciabatta bottom bun
thin layer of spicy brown mustard
thinly sliced avocados
bacon
glazed mushroom
smoky cheese
thinly sliced tomatoes
mayo spread
bun top

Enjoy!

Comments 

To make it a vegetarian friendly burger, omit the bacon. The bacon does add an extra layer of flavor.

Pair with a good and hearty red wine such as Zinfandel.