Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lentil Burgers

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
Serves 6

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)
2 eggs
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?
The answer:
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. 

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