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Lentil Burgers


As I try to cut back on the number of processed foods I buy (and therefore eat) I have come to greatly value good leftovers. Leftovers mean you don’t have to come up with something to make for lunch from scratch in between classes or before you head out in the morning. Leftovers also mean I don’t end up desperately stopping in a deli to buy a bagel and cream cheese, which, delicious though it may be, is not really what I’m going for.

Enter my new favorite: lentil burgers. I’m often skeptical of this type of dish because they come out mushy and/or flavorless. Not this recipe! The excellent thing about these burgers is that you can make a big batch of the lentil mixture, form it into patties, and then freeze the individual patties–perfect for lunch on the go! (If you remember to defrost in advance, that is.) Also, because I hand mashed them, the burgers had a lot of texture to them. The friend I made them with said they even looked like meat patties.

I recommend eating with caramelized onions, slices of avocado, and a bit of ketchup on the side.

Lentil Burgers
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks; makes 12 mini burgers.

3 cups cooked lentils
4 large eggs
1-2 teaspoons salt
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup panko
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Combine the lentils, eggs, and salt and mash until parts are smooth and there are still lentils that remain whole. Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the onion. Add the panko, stir, and let sit for a couple of minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. At this point, you should have a very moist mixture that you can easily form into twelve 1 1/2-inch-thick patties. Add more panko to make the patties less moist or add water or egg to moisten.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium low, add patties, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms begin to brown. Turn up the heat if there is no browning after 10 minutes. Flip the patties and cook the second side for 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining patties.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. kruleintentions permalink
    03/05/2010 5:15 PM

    I made these too! (from 101 cookbooks) but they were much better right away (so not as good for those of us who are leftover inclined ie you and me)

    • orangeideal permalink
      03/05/2010 5:30 PM

      What? I’ve been eating them all week and loving them!

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