Vegetarian and Vegans are obsessed with cruelty free burgers. Trust me, it’s a hot topic! Log into any Vegetarian/Vegan group and ask about burgers and you will receive a ton of recommended brands and suggestions.
But what if you could create delicious, filling burgers at home? No need to buy expensive imported brands, or vegetarian products built on fillers that lack the protein you expect to consume from a burger.
I am not a fan of vegan products that are mainly processed soy or gluten but contain little to no nutrition. I firmly believe in eating to feed my body. Natural and organic foods are always a much healthier choice than mass produced, store bought items!
What better way to ensure you are eating healthy food than by controlling what goes into your food. Given the choice I ALWAYS choose to prepare my own food.
These easy lentil burgers are packed with protein, delicious, and cheap! They also freeze extremely well. You can freeze them uncooked then wrap them individually and store up to 2 months, not that they will last that long!
You can also freeze them after they have been cooked so you just need to reheat it on a busy morning for breakfast. Easy-peasy!
1 cup lentils
1 small carrot
1 small sweet pepper
1 larger onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
2 leaves of shadon beni
2- 5 tablespoon split peas powder*
salt and pepper to taste
- Soak dried lentil peas in hot water for 15 minutes.**
- Boil the washed and strained lentils for 15-20 minutes. You want the lentils to be cooked and tender but not mushy.
- Strain the cooked lentils and allow them to cool.
- Using a food processor, mince the carrot, sweet pepper, garlic, pimentos and shadon beni. ***
- Add the lentils and pulse.
- Put the mixture in a bowl and stir in the onions, salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle with the split peas powder and stir in. Use one tablespoon at a time until the mixture comes together.
- Put the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- The cooled mixture should come together firmly. Shape your burgers by rolling a spoonful between your palms to create a ball n pressing down evenly.
- Put shaped burgers back in the freezer for 10 minutes or until you are ready to cook them.
- You can cook these by baking them in a greased dish on the top shelf in your oven at 400°F. Or you can heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and fry for 3 minutes on each side.
*If you don’t have split peas powder you can use all purpose flour instead or bread crumbs. Also, the amount you use differs depending on how much moisture is in your mix. You made need to use all 5 tablespoons or more if your bean mix is very wet.
**Always soak dried peas and beans. Not only does this step shorten cooking time but it also makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients in the peas.
***For step 4, if you do not have a food processor, no problem! Using a knife, finely mince the vegetables and seasoning, add the lentils to them and press down with a fork to mush the lentils, Mix together well.
Please feel free to leave a comment, question or suggestion! I look forward to hearing from you!