Lentil Veggie Burgers

Last week I ate like a death row inmate released into an all you can eat buffet hours before the electric chair. Seriously. I’m talking a burger king / auntie anne’s pretzel dogs / mall food court feast in preparation for my friend’s wedding. Yes, that’s correct. Isn’t that what everyone eats days before a monumentally important life event filled with pictures? I can only assume so.

So, to make up for it, I’ve been eating healthy and working my expanded waist line out. Tuesday’s eats included oatmeal for breakfast, a salad topped with deli turkey for lunch, a mango tango pluot (what?) for snack and one of these yummy and nutritious burgers for supper. Lentils are packed with protein, fiber and vitamins and are also super tasty. This batch makes six burgers, so what I do is cook all of them up at once then freeze the four Ross and I won’t use right away. That way we have frozen veggies burgers ready for a night we don’t feel like cooking.

Please don’t be too repulsed by this photo. It is difficult to take a photo of a bean patty and make it look appetizing. Trust me, this looks much better sitting on some yummy bread with a (small) slice of cheese on top!

Lentil Veggie Burgers
Makes 6 burgers

Ingredients

1 cup un-cooked lentils
1 cup of mixed diced veggies (I used carrots, onions and celery, but you could also use mushrooms, broccoli, etc.)
1 clove garlic (minced)
cooking spray
1/4 whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup water
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin
dash cayenne (to taste)
dash black pepper)

1.) Cook the lentils. I use a 2 to 1 ratio (2 cups water, 1 cup lentils). Bring the water to a boil, pour the lentils in and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the water is gone or they’re tender (about 20 minutes).
2.) Meanwhile, in a skillet heated to medium heat, cook the vegetables in a bit of cooking spray for about five minutes until tender. Two minutes before they’re done, toss in the minced garlic.
3.) Once the lentils and vegetables are cooked, combine them along with 1/4 cup water in a blender or food processor. You may need to work in batches. Pulse until relatively smooth, but still with a few chunks.
4.) Combine the lentil mixture with seasonings and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Score the mixture to create 6 patties.
5.) In a skillet over medium heat, cook each side until browned. Top with cheese if desired.
6.) As noted, you can freeze the cooked patties. To re-heat I usually just take them out of the freezer, pop them in the microwave for a minute then crisp them in a pan for a bit.

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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7 Responses to Lentil Veggie Burgers

  1. Shannon says:

    These sound great! I’ve never made anything with lentils before but I love veggie burgers. I’m going to give these a try soon!

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  3. kate @ bbf says:

    your lentil burger is well lit, at least! and i haven’t made too much with lentils, but always hear how good they are for you. so i think i’ll try this and some other lentil recipes when its nice and cool out.

  4. ooh i have some leftover lentils hanging in my cupboards…this is the perfect way to use them up! i don’t think i have quite a cup so i’ll just find some other randoms to throw in there :) great recipe!

  5. Rach LaRoche says:

    Yummy! I can’t wait to try this. I eat the Morningstar Farms veggie burgers literally almost every day for lunch. Love the ideas of using lentils to keep it stuck together (I never understand why restaurant can’t do that!).

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