• Lucy Francis

Easy Green Lentil Burgers

Updated: Sep 19, 2020

Looking for an epic plant based burger recipe? Look no further.

These are so tasty and SO easy. All you need is a small selection of ingredients, a pan, bowl and food processor and you’re good to go. You can also make these in advance, store them in the fridge overnight and cook them as and when you’re ready for a speedy supper.

Full to the brim with plant protein, fibre, herbs and spices for a healthy and filling dinner or lunch…or breakfast why not! Paired with a perfect poached egg it’s brilliant! Nutritional info is listed at the bottom for those interested (they’re also GF).


Ingredients (makes 8 patties)

130g green lentils (dry weight)

1 medium red onion

1 garlic clove

1.5 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp paprika

1 egg (or ‘flax egg’ for vegan sub)

2 large handfuls of spinach

2 large handfuls of fresh coriander

1 tsp balsamic vinegar (or any you like) – I like the taste of balsamic

1 tbsp milled flaxseed

1 tbsp flour (I used chickpea/besan flour)


Method:

Start by cooking the lentils: Firstly rinse the lentils then fill a saucepan with cold water and add the rinsed lentils in. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30 mins until soft. Drain and set aside.

In a food processor, add the onion, garlic clove and pulse until chopped.

Add the cooked green lentils, spices, spinach, 1 handful of the fresh coriander and 1 egg. Blitz again until well combined but keep a bit of texture there (not total mush!)

Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the remaining handful of chopped fresh coriander, 1 tsp of vinegar, the milled flax and the flour. Stir together with a spoon and then shape into 8 patties. If the mixture is a little soggy, add 1 tbsp of flour to a board and coat the patties.

In a large frying pan, add 1 tbsp oil (I used avocado oil), and cook the patties for 3-4 mins each side until golden. I’d recommend 1-2 burgers per person.


Serving Ideas:

In a bun – ciabatta is delicious, with extras of choice – grilled tomato/mozzarella cheese/lettuce/sauces etc

With oven cooked potato/sweet potato wedges, homemade aioli or tzatziki + a mixed salad

Throw into a salad with avocado, mixed leaves, roasted peppers, hummus or feta

Nutritional Info (per burger):

Kcal – 98

Fat 2.8g (0.4 saturated)

Carbs – 12.1g (5.8 of which is fibre)

Protein – 6.2g


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