Veggie and Lentil Burgers

I’ve been on a quest to make some awesome meatless meals that my family loves. I’m great at brown rice and bean burritos, egg dishes, and meatless soups, but I’ve been wanting to make things that are traditionally meaty without any meat. Burgers were a great place to start.

Here are my notes on these burgers, which I normally just put at the bottom of the recipe, but I think it’s worth pulling to the forefront on this one.

Notes: This isn’t a hamburger… the texture is much softer and creamier than a meat patty, so don’t expect it to taste like what it isn’t. That being said, once you have all those delicious toppings on a bun, you might not ever realize you aren’t eating a meaty burger. Try it and let me know what you think. Our house was divided. The kids and I loved them; Thomas ate it but said he didn’t care if I made them again.

I also made meatball subs from chickpea meatballs this week. I loved them, but this time the kids and husband were a no. You can find Cassie’s recipe for Chickpea Ball Subs here. (They really were delicious… I think my house was just in a bad mood when I served them or something!)

So what I’m getting at is this kind of meal might not be everyone’s favorite, but I think it’s good to branch out of what you are comfortable with. Lentils and beans are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, plus swapping meat out of a meal is very budget-savvy. I’m convinced my family will learn to appreciate a meatless meatball or burger with enough attempts.
PS – Chicken update at the bottom of the post!

Veggie and Lentil Burgers

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Veggie and Lentil Burgers


  • Yield: Make 6 patties

Ingredients

  • For the burgers:
  • 2 cups cooked brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2-3 whole fresh tomatoes or about a cup of canned diced tomatoes with the juice
  • 2 T. olive oil, for cooking
  • Buns, lettuce, tomato, cheese, mayo, sliced onion, and any other favorite traditional burger topping

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor combine the lentils, bread crumbs, eggs, cheese, and seasonings. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the oil and then add one tomato (or about a 1/3 cup of diced tomatoes) and process for 30 seconds. The goal is to have a mixture that comes together to a thick paste. Add more tomato and process until everything is blended well and you have achieved a thick paste/dough that can be formed easily into patties and sticks together. The tomato is your liquid, so add just enough to achieve the paste, without adding too much or the mixture will be too thin to form into patties.
  2. Form the lentil mixture into 6 patties and cook them in the olive oil in a hot pan that has been heated to medium heat. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until the side begins to brown and the middle is hot all the way through.
  3. Serve the hot patties as you would a traditional hamburger with all your favorite toppings on a bun. And don’t forget the pickles!

Notes

Notes: This isn’t a hamburger… the texture is much softer and creamier than a meat patty, so don’t expect it to taste like what it isn’t. That being said, once you have all those delicious toppings on a bun, you might not ever realize you aren’t eating a meaty burger. Try it and let me know what you think. Our house was divided. The kids and I loved them; Thomas ate it but said he didn’t care if I made them again.

Veggie and Lentil Burgers

And if you are still following the chicken saga of death and heartache, here’s a little update.

On the Bless This Mess Facebook page yesterday I posted this statues:

Chicken News! My neighbor just came over, apologized, and gave me a bit of money to compensate for the killed chickens. She knew that her dogs were at the pound but not that they had killed my hens until today. It’s amazing how far a sincere apology can go. I’m feeling a lot of closure about this whole mess.

And after sleeping on the apology I really am feeling better. I don’t work well with contention, loose ends, and not knowing what’s going on, so this provided some much needed closure for me. The remaining hens seemed to be out of their funk too and a laid again yesterday. Collecting three eggs just doesn’t feel quiet as bounteous as picking up six or seven or eight in one day though. *sigh*  Next fall… next fall.

Well there you have it. Thanks for reading…

 

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4 Responses
  1. Carrie Burrill

    I love love love this recipe! Hubs went meatless 2 weeks ago, and I went unprocessed so between the two of us I’m having a hard time getting creative with our meals. This will be making an appearance on our menu…. TONIGHT!

  2. Veronica

    You could try store bought hamburger seasoning spice on these patties once you shape them just to give it more of a real meat patty flavor for those that need that real burger taste.

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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