Thursday, 25 October 2012

Roasted Vegetable and Lentil Burgers

vegetarian burger in a bun
These veggie burgers take a little while to make, but I think they're worth the effort as they have a good flavour and texture and are packed full of vegetables. I used my trusty old Lakeland burger press to make them. If you make burgers regularly, it's worth getting one, as they squeeze all the air out of the mixture, leaving you with a good, solid burger which can stand up to being turned in the pan.

Makes 6-8 burgers

  • 1 cup of cooked & drained puy/green lentils
  • 1 small onion, diced 
  • 4-6 chestnut mushrooms, chopped roughly
  • 2 small/1 large red or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 150g/6oz sweet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 2 slices of bread, made into breadcrumbs
  • 100g grated halloumi or paneer cheese (or vegan cheddar-style cheese)
  • 1 small egg/1 tsp Orgran no egg mixed with 1 tbsp cold water (or similar egg replacer)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or mixed herbs
  • Black pepper to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/170C Fan/Gas 4/350F
Put all of the vegetables and the whole, unpeeled clove of garlic in an oven proof dish. 
Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and roast for around 20-25 minutes until softened and starting to colour.
Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove the clove of garlic and squeeze the cooked garlic out from the peel, onto the vegetables.

Transfer the roasted vegetables, lentils, grated cheese, seasonings and egg/egg replacer into the food processor.  
Blend/pulse for a few seconds, to break up and mix the lentils and vegetables, but not do not purée them. 
Add enough breadcrumbs to make a firm dough-like mixture. 

Allow the mixture to to stand for about 30 minutes.
Divide into 6-8 portions and using your hands or a burger press, shape into burgers.

Fry the burgers in a drop more olive oil for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Serve in bread rolls with your favourite burger toppings.

Alternatives: For a spicy bean and veggie burger, swap the paprika and mustard powder for 2 tsp mild (or hot!) chilli powder and swap the lentils for a cup of drained, tinned kidney beans. 

Suitable for freezing (before coking). Layer between sheets of grease-proof paper and wrap in cling-film.
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  1. how did you make them into such perfect circles? :) looking forward to trying them tonight, but my little ones are picky like that, and would only eat them if they were perfect circles... help!!

    1. I used a burger press (see link at top of post)...a bit of a faff, but it holds them together and they look better!


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