Spicy Lentil & Mushroom Burgers

As I’ve recently given up meat, I’m now constantly on the lookout for vegetarian alternatives to my favourite meat-based meals. Burgers being an example. So I decided to try The Doctor’s Kitchen vegetarian meatballs recipe; I have slightly adapted it to make these super delicious puy lentil and mushroom burgers.

My verdict: a fab substitute for my usual chicken burger; high in protein and flavour!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp dried mixed Italian herbs

  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder

  • 200g dried Puy lentils, cooked

  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed

  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with foil.

  2. Heat a large glug of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the garlic, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, mixed herbs, chilli powder and salt and pepper and sauté for 2–3 minutes, until the mushrooms have softened.

  3. Stir in the lentils, then transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor with the flaxseed and blitz for just long enough to combine everything and until all the ingredients have a uniform texture.

  4. Using your hands, form the mixture into small burger patties. Put the patties on the lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, turning mid-way, until crisp on the outside and hot through.

And enjoy!

Kesar

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