This is my favorite “burger” to make. I’ve tried the bean burgers in many different ways and this recipe is by far the best one I’ve found.
No need for a bun!
Cumin Spiced Lentil Burger – adapted from Food and Wine
- 1 1/2 cups of lentils
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 1 cup of carrots chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 tsp of garlic chopped
- 3/4 cup of bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
- dash of salt and pepper
Preheat broiler. Place lentils in strainer and wash well. There will be dirt in there! Place lentils in pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Heat oil over medium heat. Sauté chopped onions for 5 minutes and add carrots. Cook until tender. Add chopped garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Take off heat and add cumin and cayenne pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool.
Once cooled add cooked lentils to onion and carrot mixture. Mix well. Then add bread crumbs, whole egg and egg white. Mix well.
Form into burgers and place on cookie sheet or broiler pan.
Cook under broiler for 5-7 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes. The outside will get crispy and brown up. Watch them so they don’t burn.
They will store in your fridge for 7 or 8 days. Reheat in the microwave and enjoy!