I made these Wednesday…they were deeelicious. PW was a little skeptical before, as he is not a huge lentil fan (like I am!). But we put his on a roll with some ketchup like a real burger and he was good to go!
1 Bag lentils
Whole wheat bread crumbs
Seasoning (I used salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
First, rinse and boil your lentils. Never cooked lentils before? Put about 2.5-3 cups water for every cup of lentils. bring to a boil then simmer until lentils are soft and skins are splitting (30-45 minutes!)
Use a big pot, because the above picture is lentils before cooking, the picture below is them same amount when cooked!
While those are on the stove, toast about a cup of whole wheat bread crumbs:
(Here are before and after pictures! Try not to eat them all by hand once toasted, theyre sooo good!)
To get a little added nutrition (and flavor!), I also sauteed some veggies. Carrot, Red Pepper, Onion, and Broccoli. When they were soft, I put them in the food processor (for some reason I can never spell that word correctly? I always end up with that squiggly red spellcheck line underneath!).
Now, I took 3/4 cup of lentils, and put THEM in the food processor, to make some “glue” for the burgers (take the veggies out first!). To those lentils, I also added about 1Tblsp of Olive Oil and salt and pepper. Puree that!
Now, mix together in a bowl:
1-1.5 cups cooked lentils
the 3/4 cup pureed lentils
1 cup toasted bread crumbs
your cooked veggies
Flavoring! Garlic powder? Chili powder? Cumin? Whatever flavor youre going for! Lentils are bland on their own, you have to add the seasoning!
Grab a handful, shape into a patty and put on a pan sprayed with some nonstick oil. Cook for 5-7 minutes each side.
If this happens to your first one, dont worry:
It just means the mix is too dry. Add a little water until it has more of a “paste” texture. Then they should look like this once cooked!
I paired ours up with zucchini sticks and sweet potato fries on the george foreman grill (microwave the sweet potato to get it soft first!)
I love sweet potatoes!
I ended up being able to make about 8 good size burgers out of that recipe! With a whole container of cooked lentils left over (for me to make 10 minute soup with!!!)
Another blog entry coming tonight with LIFE details including: beach time, massages, MacBook and iPhone 4 shopping! Check back in 🙂