Lentil & Almond Burgers

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These vegetarian burgers are delicious and a great way to get high-fiber lentils into your diet. Use a wide spatula to flip the delicate patties.

 Lentil & Almond Burgers
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 2 hours (including 1 hour chilling time)

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 cup brown, or French green lentils (see Note)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped carrot

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots, (about 2 medium)

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery, (about 1 stalk)

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions
  1. Prepare through Step 2 up to 6 hours in advance.

  2. 5 servings

  3. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in lentils, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until very tender and beginning to break down, about 25 minutes for brown lentils or 30 minutes for green lentils. Drain in a fine-mesh sieve.

  4. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrot, shallots and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add almonds, thyme, salt and pepper; continue cooking until the almonds are lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a food processor; add 1 cup of the cooked lentils. Pulse several times, scraping down the sides once or twice, until the mixture is coarsely ground. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the remaining lentils. Let cool for 10 minutes. Mix in egg yolk and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  5. Form the lentil mixture into 5 patties. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn gently and continue to cook until lightly browned and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve immediately.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
5
Per serving
Calories
236
Carbohydrates
28g
Fat
9g
Saturated Fat
1g
Monounsaturated Fat
6g
Protein
12g
Cholesterol
37mg
Dietary Fiber
10g
Potassium
591mg
Sodium
272mg
Added Sugars
0g
Exchanges
1 fat
2 carb (other)
1 lean meat
Carbohydrate Servings
1 1/2
Vitamin A (70% daily value)
Folate (56% dv)
Iron (24% DV)
Potassium (17% dv)
Magnesium (16% dv)

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3 replies

Bella1912
Bella1912 2014-05-14 21:23:52 +0100 Report

Note: French green lentils are smaller and firmer than brown lentils. They cook more quickly, too, in about 20 minutes. They can be found in natural-foods stores and some larger supermarkets. Go to EatingWell.com!!!!

Admaven
Admaven 2014-05-14 01:07:17 +0100 Report

Wasting the egg white? Plus, these recipes often say "see note" of which there never is. Whoever does this website needs to get their chops together.