With a little preparation and you can make THE BEST tasting veggie burgers right in your own kitchen.
Using lentils means wonderful texture and flavour and I highly recommend cooking your own, however if you have limited time you could use tinned instead. Where as a typical hamburger is a fatty, unhealthy option these lentil burgers are good for you and taste amazing.
For this recipe I have kept it simple but experiment with your own favourite flavours and spice them up however you like. This recipe makes a great, hearty, burger fantastic with pickles and relish. We served them up with a baby lettuce mix and alfalfa sprouts on a toasted sesame seed bun, so much better than a fatty meat burger these will please even the most dedicated carnivore!!
Preparation time: 15mins (+25mins to prepare the lentils)
Makes 8 super large burger patties
for the burger patties
- 1½ cups brown lentils
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 4 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1 red chilli, diced finely
- ¼ red onion, diced finely
- 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme, roughly chopped
- 2 slices wholegrain seed bread, roughly diced (should make about 1½ cups bread crumbs)
- 2 free-range eggs
- 1-2 tbs wholegrain flour
for the Burger
- slice of cheese (diary or non-dairy)
- sweet sandwich pickles
- baby lettuce
- alfalfa sprouts
- avocado (optional)
- large bun, toasted
Rinse the lentils until the water runs clear. Add them to a large saucepan with the stock and smashed garlic. Bring to the boil.
Simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes until lentils are tender, drain off any excess liquid and set aside to cool.
Combine the chilli, red onion, thyme and breadcrumbs in a large bowl; add the lentils and combine; season with salt and pepper.
Lightly whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them to the burger mixture. Combine all ingredients well, adding enough flour to bring the mixture together.
Form the mixture into large patties.
In a large frypan or on prepared BBQ grill cook the patties in a small amount of oil for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden and cooked through.
Top the cooked burger patty with a slice of cheese and place under a medium grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted.
Build your burger by spreading the bun with relish topping with patty, then pickles, lettuce, avocado and alfalfa. Yummmmm
Serve with homemade fries and shake!!
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