Dinner, Recipes

Lentil Burgers

February 15, 2013

This happened on Super Bowl Sunday….

Lentil Burger from Healthinspirations.net-0475

I am no football fan whatsoever and if it hadn’t been for all the recipes swarming around the web I would have probably never noticed that the big game was on. However, knowing about everyone’s culinary game day plans really got my stomach rumbling for a good burger. Only problem: stores are closed on Sundays and I usually don’t have burger ingredients on my weekly shopping list. So, I was forced to put on my creative hat.

Lentil Burger from Healthinspirations.net-0481

I first thought that I could make quinoa burgers but sadly I was out of quinoa as well {really don’t know how that happened Winking smile }. The next best thing I found for making burgers were lentils. I cooked them and let them cool while I figured out the toppings. Instead of lettuce I used spinach for a green base, added a layer of tomatoes and fried up an egg for extra protein and added some red onion for the ultimate burger feel. Once the burgers were ready I melted some cheddar on top and added a dab of Dijon mustard to the toasted bread roll.

I couldn’t have cared less about the results of the game, but at least my belly was satisfied. I’m not going to say that the burger was better than the beef version, but it was pretty darn close!

Lentil Burger from Healthinspirations.net-0496

Lentil Burgers

makes 5-6 burgers

Ingredients

  • 270g lentils
  • 2-3 shallots, roughly chopped
  • salt + pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1.5 cups of breadcrumbs
  • water + vegetable broth to cook the lentils
  • olive oil for frying the burgers

Instructions

  1. Cook the lentil according to instructions on the pack. I usually cook them in vegetable bouillon which increases their flavor. But you can also cook them in water with a pinch of salt, whichever you prefer.
  2. Once the lentil are cooked let them cool slightly. Then transfer them to a food processor {or blender will also work}. Add the chopped onion and 2 eggs and pulse until the lentils are slightly mushy and you are able to form burgers. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the breadcrumbs onto a piece of aluminum foil. Form burgers and then coat them with the breadcrumbs.
  4. Fry the burgers in olive oil.
  5. They can be served sandwiched in between a cut open burger bun or bread roll or on top of a fresh salad. As you like.

And in case you’re reading: Happy Birthday Nina!!!

Birthday Nina

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2 Comments

  • Reply Kathryn February 15, 2013 at 10:52 am

    That’s one incredible looking burger!

  • Reply Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets February 17, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Wow that is one impressive lentil burger. It looks phenomenal with yolk porn and all.

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