Food Hacks: Sous Vide Burger with Portobello 'Buns'


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The dishes in this “Food Hacks” series are not meant to be gourmet, they’re not meant to be healthy, and some of them aren’t even that pretty. But hey, they’re a heck of a lot of fun to make and eat. And we think they’re pretty awesome.

The Food Hacks series is for those times when you don’t want to take life, or food, too seriously. 

You will need metal egg rings or burger molds to form the burgers.

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Ingredients for 6

  • 2 pounds (0.45 kg) ground beef

  • 1 large egg

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 12 burger-sized Portobello mushrooms

  • 1 cup (237 ml) water

  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  • 12 slices mozzarella

  • 1 large tomato, sliced

  • 6 leaves butter lettuce (or lettuce of your choice)


  • Step 1

    Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 143.6ºF (62ºC). Heat oven to 400ºF (204ºC).

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, mix the ground beef with the egg and season with salt and pepper. Form into six patties using a metal ring.

  • Step 3

    Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add the burgers and cook for 1 minute on each side. Transfer to a plate and let cool for 5 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Divide seared burgers between two large zipper lock or vacuum seal bags. Seal the bags using the water immersion technique or a vacuum sealer on the moist setting. Place the bags in the water bath and set the timer for 15 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Meanwhile, cook the mushrooms: Combine mushrooms, water, and olive oil in a large skillet. Bring water to a rapid simmer over medium-high heat. Continue to simmer until water evaporates and mushrooms are softened and browned. Set aside.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      When the timer goes off, remove the bags from the water bath. Remove the burgers from the bags and pat dry. Discard cooking liquid.

    • Step 1

      Place burgers on a baking sheet and top each with a slice of mozzarella. Bake until cheese has melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

    • Step 2

      Stack burgers, tomato, and lettuce on top of mushrooms. Top each burger with a second mushroom "bun." Serve.

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