Let's talk vegetarian burgers for a minute, it's not like anything else big is happening today.
What royal wedding?
Warning: This will be slightly green in color. If you have family or guests who may not be so enthusiastic about vegetarian fare (or for some reason might not like the idea of a greenish burger-go figure!) then you can distract them by adding a slice of cheese or giant lettuce garnish to it.
They are very delicious though, so do not be put off by the green color. Otherwise you will miss out. :)
Ingredients: 2 1/4 cup dry lentils, 1/8 cup or more chopped green onion, 1/4 cup bread crumbs (two pieces of toast), 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic, salt, pepper, and other spices you like (I used a bit of cayenne).
Cook the lentils according to the package directions. Usually it will give you a general range for cooking time based on how soft or firm you want the lentils to be. I stay on the firmer side when making burgers because the patties will stick together better that way.
In a food processor combine 80% of the cooked lentils and all the other ingredients and pulse until you have a cohesive mix. In a bowl stir in the remaining lentils and then form patties with your (clean) hands. I usually wrap them in plastic wrap as I go and freeze them for 20 minutes before cooking (helps them stick together). Plus then the rest you can leave in the freezer for another night.
Cook the patties in oil or butter over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side. Serve with your favorite burger garnishes.
*If you cook in oil and don't add cheese (like I did) these are also vegan!