A simple vegetarian burger can be made by combining cooked lentils with rice and flavorful seasonings, add breadcrumbs and eggs to make it hold together. Learning to cook with lentils is highly recommended because they are rich in protein and nutrition and they cook faster than other dried beans- no pre-soaking required. These burgers take about 30 minutes to assemble and an additional 60 minutes resting time in the refrigerator so the ingredients blend together and become firm. This recipe makes 8 patties, extra portions can be frozen and used in sandwiches after a quick reheating in the microwave.
Each patty carries about 174 calories, and 7 grams protein Printable recipe
½ cup brown rice or other whole grain such as barley or faro
½ cup dried lentils
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped about 1 cup
1 small carrot grated about ½ cup
1 clove garlic minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste or catsup
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano or “Italian” seasonings
1 teaspoon chile powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 whole eggs, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons canola oil for frying patties
1 Cook the brown rice: Bring 1 cup of w ater to a boil in a small saucepan add the uncooked grain, reduce heat to low, cover and cook until tender 30-40 minutes
2 While rice cooks prepare the lentils: In a medium saucepan combine the lentils with 1 ½ cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook 20 minutes until tender. drain and set aside.
3 In a larges sauce pan, heat the oil add the onion, carrot and garlic, cook for five minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt, cooked brown rice and the drained lentils. Remove from heat add the eggs stir until eggs are completely combined with the bean and rice mixture mix in bread crumbs. The mixture should be wet but hold together.
4 Allow to cool enough to handle. Make patties divide into 8 even portions shape into patties about t 1 inch thick. place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for one hour so they become firm
5 To cook: Pan fry: heat oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Cook 2-3 minutes per side browning on each side. Serve as you would a burger.
Bake in oven, line a baking pan with foil that has been lightly oiled. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, turn after 7 minutes of cooking. serve as you would a burger.