Originally Posted by ctbwonder
My mother recommended a lentil burger, but I think it would be too mushy.
Maybe yourMom already gave you a recipe?But I make these all the time and they're never mushy - the oats and breadcrumbs absorb any extra moisture - they're yummy!!
1 c dry lentils, well rinsed
2½ c water
½ t salt
1 T olive oil
½ medium onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
½ t pepper
1 t soy sauce, optional
¾ c rolled oats, finely ground
¾ c bread crumbs
Directions Place the lentils, water, and salt in saucepan, bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes, until water is nearly gone and lentils are very soft, with splitting skins.
Sauté the onion and carrot in oil until soft, about 5 minutes. (Often I cook it with the lentils so it's softer)
Mix the lentils, onions, carrots, pepper, and optional soy sauce in the large bowl, (I mash a bit with a potato masher at this point) then mix in the ground oats and bread crumbs - add more bread crumbs if needed to make the mixture easy to work with - not too mushy and not too dry and crumbly...
While still warm, form the lentil mixture into patties, which can now be frozen, refrigerated (for up to 5 days), or cooked immediately.
Cooking (2 possibilities):
In a frying pan, heat a bit of oil, place a burger on top, and fry until brown, 1-2 minutes. Repeat on other side and serve.
In a 400º oven, bake the burgers on a greased baking sheet until light brown, about 15 minutes.