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Lentil burgers that don't fall apart, using ingredients that are usually on hand. Nuts and seeds make them really tasty.
- 2 cups cooked brown lentils or 2 cups green lentils
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 1 cup crumbled brown bread
- 1⁄4 cup sesame seeds
- 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped almonds or 1⁄4 cup cashews
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 bunch fresh herb (e.g. basil, oregano, parsley, etc.)
- salt and pepper
- oil (for frying)
- Mix potato and lentils well.
- Add the breadcrumbs, sesame and sunflower seeds, nuts, onion and garlic.
- Finely chop the herbs and add to the mixture with salt and pepper.
- Mix everything together.
- Divide into portions and form into burger shapes.
- Heat a little oil in a fry pan and fry the burgers over moderate heat about 5 minutes each side.
- Place onto buns with salad and sauce of choice e.g. hummus, chilli, tomato etc.
I wish I could give this more stars!! YUM! These were great and everyone in my house loved them. I threw all the ingredients in the food processor and pulsed until it held together well. At first when I mixed it, the mixture was very crumbly so I'm glad I processed even longer, I think it helped the burger to hold together better. The only thing I did differently was that I didn't have any mashed potatoes so I microwaved a medium sized potato and scooped out the inside and used a cup of that instead. This is a wonderful recipe that I will make over and over!
I also had a bit of a problem with them being a bit loose. Next time I may try adding an egg, and maybe omitting some potatoes. The overall taste was good. I added some seasonaings I like in addition to basil. This recipe make A LOT of small patties. Probably too many for just two people. I made some small "meatball" shapped patties and froze them for spaghetti later. Will let you know how they freeze :)
I think the trick to this recipe is not thinking of it as a "burger". Rather than make big patties, I made small, thick ones - about the size of a ping pong ball and then slightly flattened. We had some leftovers and I popped one in my mouth the next day right out of the fridge and found that I liked them even better COLD! They were a delicious, filling treat and didn't last very long! I also substituted dried basil and they were still very tasty.