Clean Your Plate (And ask for more) Lentil Burgers (recipe)

March 24, 2012

Lentil Burgers
Our family has moved to a more ‘Pollan’-esque idea of eating less meat so I’ve been looking for new things to make. I spent a few days figuring out this recipe in my head and it turned out way more delicious than anticipated and the best part is it was EASY! My daughter ate an entire burger, even though she’d already eaten dinner -hence the name.

2 1/2 cups cooked lentils (*you can get steamed ones at TJ’s!)
1/2 cup cooked rice
Various Veggies*, steamed (*I say this because it will depend on what your little ones will tolerate. My daughter won’t do much so I did onion, carrots & roasted red peppers)
2 gloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 tbsp Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast
1 egg
Misc spice*-I did Mrs. Dash and Herbs de Provence (*see about re: veggies, same goes for spice - even pepper is ‘spicy’)
1-3 tbsp of flour
Panko for coating
Coconut Oil for cooking

In a food processor throw everything together. I like to do liquid first then the bigger stuff like lentils and rice. Mix until all ingredients are combined (took me about 5 mins; stop and shake if needed).
One done, scoop into a bowl. Test density - Mixture should hold its own weight. If it falls apart, stir in 1 tbsp of flour and mix. Increase if/when necessary. Because my rice was fresh, I used about 3 tbsp of flour.
One mixture is firm, place 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil in frying pan and heat. Meanwhile form burgers and on a plate coat them with panko crumbs. This gives the burgers a nice crunch and absorbs all the yummy coconut oil but you can skip if need be.
Fry on each side until browned.

Serve or freeze!

Posted by: Jessica Glorieux