I’ve eaten a veggie burger before, but I’ve never made one from scratch! I’d heard that it could be done, but veggie burgers that you buy or eat at restaurants are so mysterious. It tastes good, but it doesn’t look or taste like any vegetable you’ve ever had. The whole thing was a mystery to me!
Anyway, I had those leftover green lentils that I cooked the other day and I figured I could somehow get them into a patty and cook ‘em up.
So I did!
And here’s how I did it :
4 mushrooms (like baby bella/crimini – use the 4 or 5 largest in the bunch)
2 cloves garlic
1 medium carrot
1/3 of a medium onion
small handful of fresh cilantro (if you don’t like cilantro, try regular parsley, or even some spinach leaves)
2 cups prepared green or brown lentils
oil for cooking (refined coconut if possible)
1. Take the mushrooms, garlic, carrot, onion, and cilantro : put all in the food processor until small and evenly sized. Dump them in a bowl.
2. Add to the bowl 2 cups of cooked lentils.
3. Spice it up. I added cumin, coriander, caraway, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Lentils can take a lot of spice, so add a little more than you think you need.
4. Add 1/2 cup of flour to the mixture. With a fork, or your hands, smush up the mixture. You want to make it so that the flour mixes all in evenly. The flour is what makes it able to form and maintain a patty shape. Once mixed, put some in your hand and form a patty. If it forms a nice solid one, it’s good to go, if it crumbles or falls apart, add a little more flour until its just right.
5. Form your patties.
Get a nice big skillet out, in your skillet heat up a layer of oil. I’d highly recommend using refined coconut oil for this. But you could use canola, corn, etc. But really, coconut is the way to go!
Once your oil is good and hot put your patties all in! (if you’re not sure if your oil is ready, start to stick your patty in it. If it sizzles, you’re good. If it doesn’t, give it some more time)
Cook for about 5-7 minutes. Don’t flip them or squish them or poke them until the bottom side is brown and crisp. Then, gently flip and cook the other side. After another 5-7 minutes. Once both sides are crisp and browned you’re good. Take them off and let cool just a little.
I ate mine on a bagel thin, with lettuce and some spicy aoili I made (it was just vegan mayo & italian hots mixed together!)
I served mine with some deli pickles and a bowl of pineapple!
I think this is going to be a super versatile recipe. You can spice it however you want… curry, Mediterranean, spicy, sweet, Asian inspired… many possibilities. You can also do any shape you want… you can do balls and use like falafel or to crumble on salads. You could do it as a loaf and bake it. Genius!