Summer time=picnic foods=burgers=me chowing down on some veggie burgers. I've never met a veggie burger I didn't like, but my favorites are the ones made out of beans or other vegetables and you can still see some of the ingredients. You know what I mean? Like you can still see some of the beans in the patty. I like knowing what I'm eating, it's comforting.
I'm a fan of just buying veggie patty's, but you know me. I wanted to see if I could do it myself from scratch. And these, I am happy to saw were a 100% success story. The buns put up a bit of fight, but lets focus on the burgers for a second.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups uncooked lentils, 1/2 white onion, 1 small jalapeno, 2 eggs, 2 slices of (stale) whole wheat bread, 1 teaspoon salt, and a dash or two of pepper, cayenne pepper, chile powder and cumin.
First step is to cook the lentils, but make sure to under cook them just a little so they don't turn to mush too easily. Next chop up the onion, slices of stale (or toasted) bread and the jalapeno. Leave the jalapeno and chile powder out if you don't like spicy burgers. In a small bowl combine all the spices and salt. Then in a blender combine the lentils, eggs, onion, jalapeno and half of the spice mix. Blend well but don't "liquefy" it. Pour lentil mixture into a large bowl and combine with the bread crumbs and the rest of the spice mix. Form patties. This will make 10-12 medium burger patties.
If you like meatless burgers you really ought to try these. The boyfriend said they were really good and he actually prefers meat-so they will please anyone.