7.28.2010

some mighty lovely lentil burgers

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This is my second attempt at making lentil burgers. I tried putting a recipe together last summer and they were way too dry. I vowed not to give up and then quickly forgot all about lentil burgers.


Recently, I stumbled onto the nifty blog, Vegetarianized. There I found an adapted lentil burger recipe from Cooking Light. I decided it was high time I gave lentil burgers another try.

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I adapted the recipe even more and came out with a winner....at least in my book. What completely amazed me was when both my son and my daughter's bff, two of the pickiest of eaters on the planet, returned to the kitchen with nearly empty plates. Incredible! I thought for sure they would take one micro-bite, curl up their lips and be done with it.

Smoked Cheddar Stuffed Lentil Burgers
very adapted from Vegetarianized

makes 6-8 burgers depending on the size

1 lb of steamed lentils, cooled and mashed with potato masher
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 medium carrot, grated
1 small zucchini, grated and water squeezed out with paper towels
1/4 cup chopped spinach
1 tsp fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tsp worcestershire
1/2 tsp dried mustard
salt and cracked pepper to taste
1/3 cup smoked cheddar, grated
1/2-2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 egg

Whole wheat buns and condiments of your choosing

Heat the oil in a small skillet. Saute the onion, garlic and carrot until soft. Set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, mix together the zucchini, spinach, basil, worcestershire, dried mustard, salt, pepper, cheese, panko and egg. Add in the lentils and carrot mixture. Mix well. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Shape into patties and fry on a lightly oiled, non stick griddle until crisp on each side.

Serve with your favorite toppings.

Note: These burgers wanted to fall apart a little. I had to make sure they were cooked enough on each side and I also had to adjust the breadcrumbs after I cooked the first few burgers.

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Give these a try. I think you'll love them too!

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22 comments:

♥peachkins♥ said...

fantastic looking lentil burger!!!

Angie's Recipes said...

Healthy and delicious-looking lentil burger! Have you also a chickpea burger recipe?

Pam said...

I've tried to like lentils, I reallly have. Sigh. Perhaps I'll try again.

Joanne said...

Hmm if these passed the picky eater test in your house, then I really need to try them in mine! They look so tasty!

TKW said...

Congrats on passing the picky eater test! These sound really flavorful!

Ambika said...

I'm always looking for good vegetarian burger recipes...this one sure looks lood!!

bellini valli said...

Looking at this list of ingredinets I think this burger would be packed full of flavour

jacqueline said...

This burger looks yummie!! It's one of my mister's favorite food. :) I would LOVE to make this for us! Thanks so much for sharing and have a lovely merry happy day! Love to you!

Claudia said...

Looking at the fabulous ingredients I would agree that this is a winner! I do love black bean burgers so this will be next on my list.

Jennifurla said...

Oh great recipe! I had Lentil soup last night...would have rather had this for sure.

Heidi said...

I've never tried to make lentil burgers. I've not cooked much with lentils. I do love black bean burgers though :)

Randi Troxell said...

i think they sound (AND LOOK) awesome!!

Jeannie said...

mmm..sounds like something I would eat though I am not so sure about my boys! Looks delcious to me!

Megan said...

I have so many things like this that I want to try... couscous and quinoa cakes, etc. I really like the ingredients in this recipe, but unlike your kids, my boyfriend wouldn't touch these, so I'll have to wait for a night home alone or a girls' night to try them out.

Natalie said...

it's been way too long since I cooked with lentils...I have several lentil recipes it's time to try, this one included!

Faith said...

Lentil burgers are a favorite in my house...I'm glad you found a winning recipe!

Foodessa said...

Kim...these burgers would be welcomed at my table anytime.
At first Hubby was concerned that he would miss his all meat burger...and now he wouldn't have them any other way.

This recipe varies slightly from mine...however, I'm willing to try it in order to compare ;o)

Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

Kim said...

I tried lentils for the first time a couple months ago and I love them. I bet I would love these, especially with the addition of cheese - yum!

Bo said...

These look better than most I have seen...Usually when I have tried making bean buegers mine fell apart.

Magic of Spice said...

That looks sooooo good! I could have one every day no problem.

Taylor said...

I think Cooking Light knows what they're doing when it comes to lentil burgers...I tried another one of their lentil burger recipes and it turned out fantastic! These look delicious too!

eatme_delicious said...

It's so hard to find a good vegetarian homemade burger! I'm going to save this one. I love that it has smoked cheddar.

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