I base my burger on lentils. Sometimes I will use a combination of lentils and garbanzo or black beans with my preferred binder, oatmeal. I season the mixture like I would regular burgers and If I want to add some texture, I will sometimes coat them in a mixture of panko and a little flour. I do a quick pan fry in olive oil to brown the burgers and then finish cooking them in the oven at 375 degrees.
Well here is my latest recipe and I must admit I was pretty genius in the balance of ingredients (really protein packed):
1/3 c. Quinoa (measure dry – then cook per package instructions)
1/3.c. Lentils (measure dry – then cook per package instructions)
1cn Black Beans
- Cook beans and quinoa
- Drain all liquid from beans and grains after they’ve cooked (keep some liquid in reserve in case your mixture is a little dry)
- Mix lentils, beans, quinoa and 1/2c. of the Oatmeal, continue adding until the consistency of the mixture is sort what you get in making “meatloaf.”
- Add seasoning(s) to taste. I usually use: Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, fresh or minced garlic or little garlic powder
- Pat into burger & coat with Panko/flour mix (optional)
- Brown patties in skillet using Olive Oil or Canola (or completely pan fry if desired)
- Place on a baking sheet and finish cooking in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Actually everything, except the oatmeal has already cooked.