Lentil burgers are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional meat burgers. They are made with lentils, a variety of vegetables, and a blend of spices, and they can be cooked on the stovetop, in the oven, or on the grill.
To make lentil burgers, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, for cooking
In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Transfer the cooked vegetables to a large bowl, and add the cooked lentils, oats, bread crumbs, egg, Dijon mustard, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
Divide the lentil mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a patty.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the lentil patties and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until they are browned and heated through.
Serve the lentil burgers on buns, with your favorite burger toppings.
Lentil burgers are also delicious served with a side of roasted vegetables, a simple salad, or a bowl of soup. Enjoy!