Classic Lentil Burgers
The lentil burger is one of the holy grails of vegetarian cooking. With lots of complementary vegetable protein from a combination of grains and legumes, this burger achieves the rare combination of being meatless yet hearty and delicious at the same time!
- 2 ½ cups cooked green lentils
- 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup flour, I used chickpea flour
- 1 cup breadcrumbs, whole grain or gluten-free
- 2 eggs, or 2 flax eggs
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire
- 1 tablespoon fresh or dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon fresh or dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 10 whole grain buns
- olive oil for cooking
Using a food processor, finely chop the onion, carrots, garlic, walnuts and sunflower seeds then transfer to a large bowl. Process each ingredient individually to achieve the best texture.
Next add half of the cooked lentils to the food processor and pulse until they appear slightly mashed, then transfer them to the bowl along with the remaining lentils.
Once you have all of the vegetables, lentils, nuts and seeds in the bowl, add the breadcrumbs, herbs, and salt.
In a small bowl, combine the beaten egg with the tomato paste and the Worcestershire. Pour the egg mixture into the bowl with vegetables and lentils and stir everything together. Sprinkle in the flour a little at a time as you continue to stir. If the mixture seems too wet, add more flour as needed. If you have time, refrigerating the mixture for about 30 minutes also helps dry out some of the moisture.
Form eight individual patties with your hands, making sure to keep them somewhat flat with rounded edges. They will hold together better if they aren’t too big or thick. At this point you can refrigerate them until you are ready to cook (for up to 2-3 days) or cook them right away.
When you’re ready to cook them, start by warming the olive oil over medium-heat in a skillet for at least five minutes. Once the skillet is thoroughly heated, cook the burgers on each side for about 5-6 minutes. I like the push the edges of the burger to the side of the pan as I cook them to make sure they are cooked on the sides as well. Serve on a warm bun with desired toppings and dig in!
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