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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Southwestern Lentil Burgers

Upon his return from a teaching conference in Texas,
the hubs was hungry.
For some reason, I immediately thought,
"I'll make lentil burgers."

Lentil burgers?
When have I ever eaten a lentil burger?
I mean, I was sure they were good,
but I had no experience
1) making them
2) eating them
that would lead me to feel confident
making them for a hungry man for dinner.

I did it anyway.

We are now lentil burger fans.

Here is my recipe
 (I took a recipe from the internet-
and changed it based upon what we had in the fridge):

  • 3/4 cups red lentils 
  • 1/8 cup plus 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped 
  • 1 can green chiles, sliced open, cut into burger-length slices
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain, dry bread crumbs
  • 1 large eggs, lightly beaten (or 2 Tbs. ground flax seed mixed with water...form a paste)
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Your favorite cheese (I chose cheddar)

    1. In a large saucepan, cover the lentils with cold water by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderate and simmer the lentils until they are very tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the lentils well.
    2. Preheat the broiler. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until golden, about 6 minutes. Add the carrots, red bell pepper, and garlic and cook until the carrots begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cayenne and remove from the heat. Mix in the bread crumbs, the eggs (or flax), salt and pepper. Form the mixture into 1/4-cup burgers (I made 6 from this recipe).
    3. Line a baking sheet with foil. Brush the foil and both sides of the burgers with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Broil until golden, about 3 minutes per side.
    4. Meanwhile, roast the green chiles in a medium-heated pan, approx. 3 min./side.
    5. After broiling burgers, place them in the heated pan (take green chiles out first :), approx. 2 min/side.  Add the cheese on top of the burgers to melt the cheese while in the pan.  
    6. Note from the hubs: Toast the buns (I just used cut-up wheat bread's all we had, but it was delicious!).  Top the burgers with BBQ sauce, and enjoy!! 
    Make Ahead: The lentil burgers can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight. 

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