savory lentil, walnut, and mushroom burger

This ain't your standard lentil burger. It's a savory lentil burger. What is the difference you ask? This one knocks your socks off.

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There's something about lentils, walnuts and mushrooms that just make savory possible. I hope you agree. And watch those socks of yours!

Savory Lentil, Walnut, and Mushroom Burgers

A perfect summer burger for grilling, or baking, or frying - it really will do whatever you want it to!

Makes: 8-10 patties.

(Suggested) Kitchen tools you will need: a food processor, mini-food processor/magic bullet, cheese grater, small dish for flax egg, large mixing bowl, spatula, frying pan, cookie sheet (if baking burgers).

For baking: preheat oven to 425-450F. For frying: over medium-high heat in oiled frying pan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax combined with 3 tbsp warm water)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 6-8 medium-sized cremini mushrooms, diced
  • 2 cups cooked green lentils
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or one garlic scape, minced)
  • 2 carrots, shredded/grated
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped (according to your preference)
  • 2 end bread pieces, turned to breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, ground to coarse oat flour
  • 3/4 tsp sage
  • 3/4 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • oil (for frying)

Directions:

  1. In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add oil, then sauté mushrooms, onion and garlic for 5-7mins. Next, add in sage and thyme mixing for a few minutes, then remove from heat. (Have your lentils cooking at this point and have your flax egg mixed to set.)
  2. In a food processor, take walnuts, 1 cup of cooked lentils, mixture from frying pan and pulse a few times. Next, add in remaining 1 cup of cooked lentils and pulse again (to have some lentil chunks in the burger).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, take contents from food processor and combine with shredded carrots, parsley, breadcrumbs, oat flour, flax egg, and salt and pepper. Combine all ingredients together.
  4. Form into a patty shape and either bake (at 425-450F), fry (over medium-high heat) or grill.
  5. Enjoy!!
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We've tested them out both in the oven and in the frying pan. The results? Both awesome. But, you must have known I would have said that.

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They stay together pretty perfectly, so you don't need to worry about spots dropping on your clothing. Unless you're me, and then it's just inevitable no matter how well put together a burger is, because you're… not!

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Especially if BBQ sauce comes into the picture.

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Your shirt may be doomed, but your tastebuds? Definitely not.

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Happy 4th of July to my fellow American friends!!