Well, for some reason, WordPress is giving me a hard time when I try to format my posts. So today, you all get to see the picture of the finished recipe before reading the actual recipe. Which I don`t quite like, but that`s okay. Either way, here`s my post!
Before I share this recipe, it should be noted that these are not meant to replace meat burgers. They don’t taste like, or look like, meat burgers. One of the things that threw me off of not eating meat was that when I tried to eat things in the place of meat, I often expected those things to taste so similar to meat that I wouldn’t notice a difference. This recipe is much closer to a falafel than anything else, and is just as tasty! However, if you are looking for a veggie burger that tastes like a meat-less burger, you could easily stick this between to halves of a bun. I really enjoy eating these over a bed of lettuce, or on a wrap. This recipe makes anywhere from 8-12 patties.
Also: If you have more raw food in your diet than cooked, this recipe can also be eaten raw. I have actually saved some of the recipe pre-mushing to eat as a meal on its own. It tastes wonderful raw, and I suggest you try it with some salad! 🙂
Spicy Lentil Veggie Burgers
- 1 can of lentils, drained and rinsed well
- 6 cloves of garlic pressed through a garlic press
- 2 stalks of celery, finely diced
- 8 green onions (green and white parts), finely diced
- 5 tbsp hot sauce (I used Cholula Original Hot Sauce)
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 5 tsp whole grain Dijon mustard
- 3 tbsp tomato sauce (any type works really, or you can cut up 1 whole tomato into small pieces)
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1 cup whole grain couscous (prepare by combining 1 cup each of couscous and boiling water in a bowl. Stir with a fork, and allow to stand for a couple of minutes.)
- Light cooking spray
- Pre heat oven to 375 F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together and mush with your hands until everything has a mushy (raw ground meat) consistency.
- Form the mixture into balls of whichever size you like, and carefully press each ball into a patty about 1 inch thick.
- Set the patties aside.
- Spray a pan with cooking spray, and place on the stove with medium heat. Allow to heat up fully for a minute or two. (Applying food to a preheated pan prevents the food from sticking to the pan.)
- Cook a few patties at a time so that pan isn’t crowded. To cook each patty, simply place them on the pan and allow to cook for about 3 minutes. Then carefully flip them over, and allow to cook for 3 minutes on the other size. Set aside on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this until all of the patties are done.
- Now cook the patties in the oven for 20 minutes total. (10 minutes, flip over, 10 more minutes.)
- Allow to cool slightly before serving.
- Eat, and enjoy! 🙂