Anyway, I've been fortunate. Very fortunate on this aspect. Except when it comes to my vegetarian burgers. Obviously, Ron will never be converted to a vegetarian but he actually likes my vegetarian food. So much, in fact, that he eats all of the leftovers! Gone are the days where 6 patties will last 3 days of meals. Nope! I only got 2 meals worth out of this recipe. But it's totally okay because they were delicious and I am already whipping up another batch as I type this post!
Eltana wood-fired everything bagel with some eggplant pomegranate spread. (It. Was. To. Die. For.) But since you don't have an Eltana near you, try your patty on a regular bun or bagel thin and make sure to incorporate some spread onto it; any kind of hummus or baba ganoush will take this burger over the top. I'll be trying this hummus the next time I eat one.
Lentil Walnut Burgers
from Oh She Glows who adapted from Martha's Great Food Fast cookbook
- 3/4 cup lentils, picked over and rinsed
- Tip: purchase these in the bulk section of your grocery store to save money.
- 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (or one piece of bread, toasted)
- 1-2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the lentils in a small saucepan, cover with 1-inch of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until lentils are tender but still hold their shape, 15-20 minutes. Drain well and let cool.
- Meanwhile, spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10 minutes, or until fragrant and slightly darkened. Let cool.
- In a food processor, combine toasted walnuts, breadcrumbs (or bread), garlic, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Process until finely ground. Add the lentils and 1 Tbsp of oil and pulse until coarsely chopped (some whole lentils should remain).
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg. Add the lentil-walnut mixture, mix well. Divide mixture into patties.
- Lay patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 20-22 minutes on each side for a total of 40-45 minutes of baking time. (Alternatively, you could pan fry these: add 3 Tbsp oil to a large nonstick skillet. Cook burgers over medium-low heat until crisp and browned, turning gently with a thin-edged spatula, 8-10 minutes per side.)