Wednesday, March 11, 2009

vegetarian lentil burgers

all i can say is that my mouth waters when i look at this.
soooooo yummy.

Vegetarian Lentil Burger Recipe

These make great do-ahead meals, and you can store shaped, ready-to-cook patties in the refrigerator for a week's worth of work lunches. I use black lentils in this recipe, some of the other types of lentils are too mushy when cooked - so I'd stick with the black lentils. Feel free to spice up the batter by experimenting with your favorite seasonings.

3 cups cooked black lentils
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup toasted fine (whole-grain) bread crumbs
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (or clarified butter)

Combine the lentils, eggs, and salt in a food processor. Puree until the mixture is the consistency of a runny yet textured hummus - it's o.k. if many of the lentils remain whole (see photo). Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the onion. Add the breadcrumbs, stir, and let sit for a couple of minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. At this point, you should have a very moist mixture that you can easily form into twelve 1 1/2-inch-thick patties. I err on the moist side here, because it makes for a nicely textured burger. You can always add more bread crumbs a bit at a time to firm up the dough if need be. Conversely, a bit of water or more egg can be used to moisten the batter.

Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium low, add 4 patties, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms begin to brown. Turn up the heat if there is no browning after 10 minutes. Flip the patties and cook the second side for 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining patties. Carefully cut each patty in half, insert your favorite fillings, and enjoy immediately.

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i followed the recipe almost exactly. i just added cumin, coriander and fresh garlic when i added the salt.
i also used sprouted bread to make my bread crumbs.
next time i'm going to add walnuts too.

i made large patties then made the remnants into mini patties

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  1. Those look really, really good!

  2. Thanks for your kind comment. I am so lovin this blog. Yummy!!! I cannot wait to be back to my cookin' self.I have been sick with my 4th pregnancy. :( Nice to meet you. Have a great week and best wishes with your move.

  3. Seriously, these look amazing! I can't wait to try them!

  4. Oh, those look fantastic!! I am going to have to make up a bunch of those for my lunches!