Meatless Monday: Italian Grilled Portobello + Eggplant Burger with Marinara Sauce

As a Meatless Monday Blogger, I was recently given the opportunity to try out Dominex Natural Foods aka “The Eggplant People”.  Before I begin, it should be noted that Dominex products are NOT gluten free though they are vegan and made with all natural ingredients. 

While I normally do not feature items that are not gluten free, I agreed to create a recipe with their Eggplant Cutlet since it’s the #1 selling eggplant product in America and my entire family is a huge fan of eggplants!

Dominex Eggplant Cutlet

Made with all natural ingredients, sourced fresh from the field in less than 3 days.  Their Eggplant Cutlets are also low in fat, have zero trans fats and are only 100 calories per serving plus they leave the skin on their cutlets for added fiber, minerals and the awesome phytonutrients it contains. 

Since the cutlets are so easy to make, I chose to keep it simple and create a eggplant and portobello mushroom burger with it, drizzled with some marinara. 

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  • 2 large portobello mushroom caps
  • 3-4 tablespoons basil-garlic olive oil 
  • Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste 
  • 1 Dominex Eggplant Cutlet, thawed
  • 1 leaf of Bibb Lettuce
  • 2-3 tablespoons marinara sauce, either store bought or homemade


  1. Rinse mushrooms and remove stems. 
  2. Brush gill side of each cap generously with the basil-garlic olive oil.  Let sit for approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Heat grill and place eat cap gill side up and grill for about 10 minutes.
  4. While mushroom caps are grilling, broil eggplant cutlets in oven or toaster oven for 10-12 minutes. 
  5. Remove mushrooms from grill, top one with lettuce, eggplant cutlet and marinara then place second one on top. 
  6. Serve and enjoy! 

 Even though I can’t enjoy them, I love the fact that these are quick to make and according to my family, quite delicious.  The combination of eggplant with mushrooms and marinara was a home run! 

If you want to make more than one, say all five cutlets that come in the box, then just multiple the ingredients accordingly! These would make the perfect “burger” at a summer BBQ and would be sure to please any vegan or vegetarian friends! 

Dominex also makes a variety of other frozen eggplant selections such as: Veggie Fries, Eggplant Burgers, Veggie Meatballs, AngelParm Bites and AngelBowls.  

Dominex AngelBowl

I was also given a coupon to purchase an AngelBowl and chose to grab the Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Gratin for my husband to enjoy.  It’s made of roasted potatoes and red bell peppers, eggplant mixed with a tomato creme sauce and sprinkled with bits of goat cheese for a little bit of added elegance. 

If you’re an eggplant lover like me but need to stay gluten free, be sure to check out my Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant Napoleon and Hot Caponata Over Gluten Free Spaghetti

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Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply April 27, 2015

This looks so tasty! I would imagine that you could do the inverse as well--with the portabello inside. either way, delicious.
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    Ahh, yes! That would have been pretty tasty as well!

Reply April 27, 2015

i LOVE eggplants, I have to limit my intake, but it's so tasty it's hard! Good thing it's a lot of effort to make it from scratch, therefore it's a treat to buy it! I'm checkin' out your GF recipes now!
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    They are quite time consuming to make from scratch but SO worth it! :P

Reply April 27, 2015

I'm so scared to try eggplant... I've heard it's finicky to cook and I'm not sure how I'll feel about how it tastes...
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    It is honestly really yummy if you make it the right way! Give it a try, won't hurt! ;)

Reply April 27, 2015

i wanted to try these so bad! but they aren't gluten free, are they?
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    No they aren't :( My husband said they were really good! Maybe we could write them and ask for a GF version!

Reply April 27, 2015

Annmarie, I am not a big fan of mushrooms but I'd give this a try. I've always seen people make burgers with the portobellos also. Thanks for sharing.
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    Well if you are ever feeling in the mood for mushrooms, definitely give a portobello burgers a try! :)

Reply April 27, 2015

This sounds fantastic! I love eggplant so much--one of my very favorite vegetables!
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    It really is so delicious!!!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply April 27, 2015

Frozen eggplant ? I've never seen such a thing ! The burgers look fabulous ! I am hoping my eggplant grows in my garden but I will look for this product in the store :) nice job !
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    I had never heard of it either until I was contacted. I can't believe my local grocery store even carried them!!!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply April 27, 2015

I'm scared to try eggplant, I have a huge texture thing, so it would have to be perfect for me to try it.
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    I think eggplant cutlets would definitely be a great place to start!!!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply April 27, 2015

I LOVE eggplant; especially eggplant parm :P. These look tasty!
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    Thanks! Eggplant parm is so yummy!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply April 27, 2015

I got a coupon for those too but haven't been able to find them yet. That looks yummy
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    I was concerned I wouldn't be able to find them either and oddly enough my local grocery store carried it and they never have anything! I am sure whatever you come up with will be amazing!!!

Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Reply April 27, 2015

Yum I love that you used portobello mushrooms for the "bread" i'm just dreaming about how good this is!!
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    I LOVE subbing portobellos for buns whenever I can! I am a huge mushroom fan though :P

Reply April 27, 2015

This looks really delicious and I so wish I could try it, but my husband is allergic to eggplant! Sigh...
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    Reply April 27, 2015

    Oh man!!! That is so sad :(

Lily Lau
Reply April 27, 2015

Every Monday should be meatless if we get recipes like this one! :)

    Reply April 28, 2015

    I agree! ;)

Reply April 27, 2015

Love grilled veggie burgers, especially when they are just veggies (not made into patties)! I could eat grilled veggies all day long!
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    Reply April 28, 2015

    Me too!!! :D

Reply April 28, 2015

I'm hungry again (+ I just ate a second dinner! ._. ). ;_; This looks so good!
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    Reply April 28, 2015

    Haha I am always hungry! :P

Nora @ 2 Generations Running
Reply April 28, 2015

Me and my mom love eggplant too! It's a bummer you couldn't eat this recipe, it looks like it would have been tasty!
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    Reply April 28, 2015

    My hubby said it was really tasty, I will just have to recreate it with some GF bread crumbs! :)

Reply April 28, 2015

This looks really good! I had no idea a product like this existed.
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    Reply April 28, 2015

    Me either! It's pretty cool I just wish it came in a GF option!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply April 28, 2015

I do love me some eggplant and portobellos. If only they were gluten free :( whomp whomp.
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    Reply April 29, 2015

    I know :(

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