Vegan Mushroom Lentil Burgers

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You Just Can’t Beat a Burger

Sometimes, you just want a delicious burger. Loaded up with your favorite toppings, this American classic is a favorite among meat-eaters and plant-eaters alike. In searching for a healthy plant-based burger, some processed options leave much to be desired. There are times when I reach for plant-based meats, but other times I enjoy creating something a bit different. These vegan mushroom lentil burgers are the result of that creative thinking and adaptation of a few different recipes.

I adapted several recipes I found online to create this recipe. Once I’d experimented, I found this to be the most satisfying of the bunch. Nom nom nom–plants!

Lovely Lentils

If you’ve eaten lentils, you probably have images of some kind of soup. But lentils are transcending soup and showing up in a variety of foods, from pastas and breads to chips, crackers, and more. These tiny round legumes are not only versatile, they are healthy and provide a significant source of protein as well.

Lentils come in brown, green, red, yellow, black, and variations in between. Each variety has a slightly different taste and texture. Brown and green lentils hold their shape well and hold up to all kinds of soups, salads, casseroles, and other dishes. Red and yellow lentils tend to disintegrate easier and therefore make excellent thickeners for stews and sauces.

Health Benefits of Lentils

  • Lentils contain beneficial polyphenols. Polyphenols protect the body and fight against free-radical damage. These micronutrients are also great for heart health and may even protect against diabetes.
  • With 18 grams of protein per 1-cup serving, lentils provide a great source of plant-based protein.
  • They also contain significant amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, and folic acid.
  • With more than four times as much fiber as raw kale, lentils are loaded with beneficial fiber. Consuming more fiber and nutrients found in a plant-based diet can protect against developing diabetes and may even be a viable means of treatment for diabetics.

How to Add Lentils to Your Diet

Lentils have a mild flavor that picks up seasonings well. Try them in a variety of soups, stews, and salads; mix them into casseroles; or mash them into patties in these Vegan Mushroom Lentil Burgers!

Make it a Meal

No burger is complete without a side of Extra Crispy French Fries or Onion Rings!

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Vegan Mushroom Lentil Burgers

5.0 rating
Prep Time: 55 minutes, includes rest time Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield:8-9 patties

Ingredients

½-1 teaspoon organic extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 ½ cups mushrooms, processed to small pieces in food processor
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon chili powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 ½ cups cooked lentils, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons tahini
½ cup raw steel-cut oats
¼ cup cashews, processed to very small pieces in a food processor
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, hydrated with water until a thin paste
¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
Gluten-free buns
Toppings such as vegan mayonnaise, non-GMO organic ketchup, onion, lettuce, etc.

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, heat ¼ – ½ teaspoon olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and cook until translucent.
  2. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Then add mushrooms, paprika, and chili powder, and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are cooked through and soft. If the pan gets a little too dry, add a tablespoon of water to keep the mushrooms from sticking.
  3. While the mushrooms are cooking, combine tahini paste and lentils, and mix together with a fork. Mash the lentils until they form a rough paste.
  4. Once the mushrooms are done, place in a large bowl, and add lentil mixture, oats, cashews, nutritional yeast, and parsley and stir to combine it all together.
  5. Place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow oats to absorb any remaining liquid.
  6. Remove from fridge and form into patties. Eyeball the size of the patties, and shape into discs. This recipe made about 8-9 patties of similar size.
  7. Heat large pan or flat griddle over a medium-high heat and add ¼ – ½ teaspoon olive oil. Place the patties in the pan, giving them enough room so that you can easily flip them.
  8. Cook until browned on each side. Serve with desired burger toppings.

These vegan mushroom lentil burgers freeze well wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and sealed in a freezer bag.

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November 21, 2019

Okay This is another recipe that freeze well! Form patties and freeze or cook and freeze! I have done it both ways and works the same for me! My whole family loves this burger! A favorite of ours with mustard pickles and onions stuffed in a pita with spring mix! So good!

Tiffany Dixon

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