June 24, 2009

Lentil Walnut Burgers with Yogurt Cilantro Sauce


I've made a few veggie burgers in the past, and they've been OK. The main issue is they fall apart. Fall apart when forming them. Fall apart when frying them. Fall apart when eating them.

Then I found this recipe. They stay together--no problem. And they taste great.

Lentil Walnut Burger
adapted from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast

3/4 c lentils, picked over and rinsed
3/4 c walnuts
1/3 c plain dried bread crumbs
3 cloves garlic, through the garlic press
1 t ground cumin
1 t coriander (I used lemon pepper)
1/2 t red pepper flakes
4 T olive oil
1 large egg
S+P

Place lentils in saucepan and cover with 1" of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until the lentils are tender but still hold their shape--about 20 minutes. Toast the walnuts in a dry pan until fragrant.

Combine walnuts, breadcrumbs, garlic, cumin, lemon pepper, red pepper flakes and S+P in food processor and process until finely ground. Add the lentils and 1 T oil. Pulse until coarsely chopped but some lentils remain whole.

In large bowl, whisk the egg. Add the lentil mixture and mix well. Form in to patties (4 to 6). Heat the oil in a fry pan over medium low heat and fry burgers until crisp and browned--8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain.

Serve with Yogurt Cilantro Sauce
3/4 c plain low-fat yogurt
2 T chopped fresh cilantro (or more)
1 T fresh lemon juice
S+P

The bright taste of the yogurt/cilantro/lemon balances the lentil/cumin.

3 comments:

Paula said...

This looks healthy and good. I'll definitely give them a try. Yesterday we were at a restaurant called Saffron and tried mini burgers with a yogurt and cucumber sauce. Same idea and tasty.
Thanks, mom

Betsy said...

Mmm! Looks good! I love these kinds of flavors.

Paula said...

Tonight was the night for vegie burgers. I nearly ruined the mixture by unscrewing the salt shaker cap and dumping in about a quarter cup of salt. I guess I thought it was the same type of shaker as the pepper, screwcap and then a couple holes. After digging our all the salt, I was able to save the mixture and we enjoyed the healthy dinner. These are winners and you are right, they stuck together. Mom

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