I love the rich, nutty flavor of these delicious burgers. I don't think of them as an alternative to meat, but a tasty patty standing on it's own merits. It's delicious served with a creamy, mushroom sauce.
- Combine walnuts, breadcrumbs, garlic, cumin, corander, pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor.
- Process until finely ground.
- Add the lentils and 1 Tablespoon oil; pluse until coarsely chopped.
- Some of the lentils should remain whole.
- In a large bowl, whisk egg.
- Add lentil mixture and stir well.
- Divide the lentil mixture into 4 equal size parts, and roll into balls.
- Flatten them into 3/4 inch patties.
- Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet.
- Add burgers and cook over medium low heat until crisp and browned, turning gently after 8 to 10 minutes.
- Cook another 8-10 minutes.
- Serve on buns as a sandwich, adding your favorite garnishes: tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, etc.
- Or, serve as a main dish with your favorite sauce.
This taste of these was good, reminded me of falafel actually. I was expecting more texture though! Maybe next time I would cook my lentils to a "not quite done" phase rather then soft. I'll give them credit for staying together PRETTY WELL, they were a little on the delicate side, but they didn't crumble. I got 6 patties from this. Used a vegan egg sub (1 heaping tbsp chickpea flour 2 tbsp water) That was my only change though.
I loved the texture of these burgers (I used whole brown lentils after reading fluffernutter's review). However they were a bit too salty for me. I will definitely make them again but with half the salt.