These lentil burgers are packed in protein, low in fat, healthy and oh so so so tasty!
One thing I will always remember as a kid when visiting my aunt were her lentil and bean burgers. I loved them! So it’s no surprise that lentil burgers are a big part of my diet and definitely in my top favorite things to eat. The great thing about lentil burgers is that you can make the patties and then freeze them for another day, week, month, maybe even year.
The other day my girlfriend was dreaming of lentil burgers so I made lentil burgers with guacamole and tomato salsa topping. It was so divine. The soft crunch from the lentil burgers combined with the creamy-sweet guacamole and zesty tomato salsa – perfection. Usually my girlfriend makes the lentil burgers and she goes by feeling, so we never write the recipe down. But this time, she gave me the ingredients and basic recipe out of memory and I tried to make them while recording down the recipe.
You can use canned lentils, or dried lentils. If using dried lentils, start by cooking the lentils and prepare everything else while it’s cooking. I don’t like using canned lentils because of the stabilizers and preservatives used as well as the BPA that is released from the plastic lining that coats the inside of the cans. BPA behaves like estrogen and other hormones in the body – like we need that! I always soak my lentils for a few hours first, but you can do without.
You can choose to use white buns, whole grain or gluten free. Or you can cut out the buns all together.
— Makes 6 burger paddies —
Ingredients for lentil burger
For the tomato salsa:
- 2 medium tomatoes, soft watery bits removed, and chopped small
- Handful basil leaves, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper, adjust as you go
For the guacamole:
- 1 large, ripe avocado, peeled and seed removed.
- ½ small red onion, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ Chili, finely chopped (optional)
- Salt, pepper and fresh to taste
For the lentil burger:
- ¾ cup dried lentils (I use green lentils), soaked 4h if possible, or 1.5 cups canned lentils
- ½ cube bullion
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- Handful fresh chopped parsley
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 med-small carrot, grated
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 3 tsp smoked/sweet paprika
- 1 tbsp Worchester sauce (optional)
- 3 burger buns (optional) cut in two
Instructions to make lentil burgers:
Step 1: Cook lentils if using dried lentils
Put the soaked lentils in a small pan and put just enough water to cover the lentils, add the bullion, put the lid on and bring to a boil. Turn the heat on low and cook for about 20 min or until they are soft and falling apart. You may need to add a bit more water if they dry up.
Step 2: Prep all the ingredients and saute the ingredients for the lentil burger
While the lentils are cooking you have time to prep the ingredients. Start with preparing the burger ingredients and saute the onion, carrot and garlic till soft, should take 3-5 min on medium heat.While the burger ingredients are sauteing and the lentils boiling, you can prep the guacamole and tomato salsa ingredients.
Step 3: Make the tomato Salsa
Mix all the tomato salsa ingredients together in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, taste and adjust to your liking. You might want more lemon juice or want to add chili, have fun with it and make it your own.
Step 4: Make the Guacamole
Mash up the avocado in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients for the guacamole, season with salt and pepper, taste and adjust to your liking.
Step 5: Put together the lentil burger paddies
When the lentils are ready, combine all the lentil burger ingredients except the eggs in a mixing bowl. At this stage you should taste for seasoning and you can adjust the flavors in any way you like. When you are happy, add the eggs and mash it all up.
Step 6: Cook the lentil burgers
Put a pan on med-high heat and add a couple of tbsp of oil. Shape the lentil mixture into paddies about 1 – 1.5 cm (0.4 – 0.5 inch) thick in your hands and place them in the hot pan. Cook for 3-4 min on each side or until crispy and brown.
Step 6: Serve
To serve the open lentil burgers, put the burger on top of a toasted bun, and top with guacamole and salsa. YUM!
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