Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mushroom and Swiss Lentil Burgers

Ah...veggie burgers. I do love to have a box of them in the freezer for a quick bite to eat. But, in all honesty, they're all just okay. And of course, somewhat processed (some more than others). So, I thought it would be nice to make up a big batch and freeze some. I've tried my hand at many variations of black bean burgers, but lentil burgers were new to me. I kept the spices fairly minimal, so that the frozen patties will just be a nice canvas for whatever we choose to do with them.

olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced (I used yellow)
1 lb lentils, picked and rinsed
water to cover the lentils
Worcestershire sauce (vegetarian)
about 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (I used the heels from a loaf of bread, slightly toasted and pulsed in processor).
salt and pepper

Saute the peppers and onions until soft in hot oil. Add the lentils and enough water to cover. Cover and cook until lentils are soft and most of water is absorbed (about 25 minutes). In two batches, use a slotted spoon to move lentils to food processor, add spices and pulse until mostly smooth. Move to a large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs. Put the mix in the fridge for about 30 minutes. After chilling, form the mix into patties (this made 12). Put the patties back in the fridge to chill. In the meantime, saute some sliced mushrooms and onions in a large skillet, set aside. In the same skillet, add a little olive oil and "fry" the burgers until brown on both sides (I think it took about 4-5 minutes on each). Add the mushrooms to the tops of burgers and a slice of swiss cheese while the patties are still in the pan. Serve on a whole wheat bun with all the favorite fixin's. We also had sweet and new potato oven "fries".

I didn't use eggs since I was freezing, so they're vegan until the toppings. I haven't tried to reheat any of the frozen patties yet, but I sure do have a lot of them to experiment with!

*Lentils are low in fat, but high in protein and iron. With a slice of cheese and some veggies, this fills a whole grain (bun), protein, veggie and dairy requirement.

1 comment:

  1. Yum! I love all types of legume burgers! PS I LOVE your blog :) Keep it coming!