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#1 Old 11-11-2009, 01:37 PM
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Hi guys....I want to make a lentil burger but I am having a hard time finding a good recipe, all the ones that I see online fall apart. I am Lacto-Ovo but it can be vegan. Thought I would ask since everyone is always talking about it here.
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#2 Old 11-11-2009, 01:57 PM
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I make veggie burgers with chickpea flour. Chickpea flour is VERY sticky though if you let it get too moist.

I would cook the lentils/beans that you want to use, drain WELL, put 1 1/2 cups of it in a bowl, add some spices you may like...suggestions: cumin, coriander powder, garlic. Then add salt and maybe some pepper. You can then add some grated veggies like carrots or diced bell pepper...whatever you like. At this point I usually take a fork and mash up the beans a bit. You don't have to pulverize them, it just makes it easier to mix and form patties.

Now choose a flour you would like to use. I would suggest a bean flour but almost any type of flour seems to work. You can also blend more than one kind together.

Add the flour until you are able to shape the dough into a ball without it being really moist or sticky. If it's too dry for you, you can add a tiny bit of oil or water and knead it in.

Now form the dough into patties and fry or bake. Yummy.

That's the simple version but you can probably add other things like rolled oats, nutritional yeast or flax seeds etc. to your liking.
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You could try a little vital wheat gluten kneaded into the burger mix. It'll help it hold together.

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#4 Old 11-11-2009, 09:54 PM
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Thanks for your replies, they turned out pretty good. I made them with 1.5 cups, drained lentils as suggested by Her Jazz and added cumin, parsley, onion and garlic powder, 1 diced sauted onion, 1 diced sauted carrot and 3 cloves sauted diced garlic. I used 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs as the binder. I would have tried the Vital Wheat Gluten, but I was out Maybe next time.

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#5 Old 11-12-2009, 05:01 PM
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While not necessarily a burger recipe there is a recipe that I am currently using in my restaurant with red lentils. If you boil some red lentils but make sure they are just barely cooked.. there is a very small threshold here, too cooked and the recipe is screwed, not cooked enough and you are eating raw lentils. Anyhow, once you get the lentils cooked right you just blend some cashew nuts, garlic, ginger, red onion, coriander and mint then add that blended mix to the red lentils with some salt. Not an exact recipe I know but you would want about 1/5th the amount of blended cashews for your amount of red lentils then the other ingredients are just for flavouring.

Best of luck!

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#6 Old 11-15-2009, 10:01 AM
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I have a recipe on my blog for "Lentil Loaf" that is pretty good made into burgers - I only made it into burgers as a lacto-ovo, so it's possible that the eggs bind better than the egg-replacer (this sometimes happens...) but as mentioned above you could add some chick-pea or wheat-gluten flour. I add gluten flour to my veggie burgers (another recipe) and they hold together really well.
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