Yesterday I did not cook anything for an entire day. Somehow I still had tons of dishes, hmmm.
This morning I just needed to cook something.
And I really needed to clean out the fridge.
"Necessity is the mother of invention."
Homemade Lentil Burgers
2 1/2 c. cooked brown lentils
3 tbs. tomato paste
McCormick Steak Seasoning, to taste (I used about 1 tbs.)
chopped green chilies (I used about 2 tbs. of the canned variety, but do this to taste)
1 c. bread crumbs
1/2 c. quick oats
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a non-stick baking sheet with cooking spray. In a food processor, place lentils, tomato paste, seasoning, and eggs. Pulse until it is blended. Pour it into a medium bowl and add the chilies, bread crumbs, and oats.
Let stand at room temperature for about five minutes. Shape into patties. Heat 1-2 tbs. olive oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet. Cook the burgers in the skillet about three to four minutes per side.
Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
I really like these! Next time I will add some finely chopped onion and garlic, to make it a little more interesting. I loved that they were not soggy in the middle.
So, the burning question:
Do they taste like meat?
Of course NOT.
But they are tasty and healthy. And I don't like things that aren't meat that taste like meat.
Because that is just weird.