Veggie Burgers

Total Time:
2 hr 5 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • Burgers:
  • 1 cup green lentils, picked through and rinsed thoroughly
  • 1/4 cup pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 whole egg plus 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 sesame burger buns or pocket pitas
  • Toppings:
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, (2 to 3 ounces), room temperature
  • 1/4 cup whole milk yogurt
  • Lettuce, sliced cucumber, radish, and/or a squeeze of fresh lime juice
Directions
  • Put the lentils and barley in a saucepan with cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Season with salt, and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the lentils and barley tender, about 20 minutes. Drain excess liquid and put the beans and grain into a large bowl. Cool.

  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in skillet over medium heat and cook the onion, garlic, and ginger until the onion is tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute more. Cool slightly and then add to the lentils and barley.

  • Stir the cilantro, bread crumbs, and eggs into the lentil mixture, and season with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste. Puree 1 cup of the burger mix in a food processor until smooth. Return purree back to the bowl and mix well. Form mixture into 6 burgers (about 1/2 cup each). Place on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season burgers with salt and pepper and cook 3 burgers, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes in all. Transfer the browned burgers to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining oil and burgers. Transfer burgers to the oven, and cook until firm, about 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile lightly toast buns or pitas. Mix the goat cheese and yogurt in a small bowl until smooth, season with salt and pepper. Put the burgers on the buns, and top with cheese and lettuce, cucumber, radish, and/or a squeeze of lime juice, if desired. Serve.

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