Black Lentil & Mushroom Burgers

When we think about burgers the first thing that comes to our mind is meat. I would like people to associate burgers with a variety of grains and vegetables not particularly meat.

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There are more and more vegan and vegetarian burgers recipes and the best thing is that we can create new ones based on our preferences. Burgers are mostly a mixture of grains, plant proteins like lentils, beans or chickpeas and vegetables. Instead of eggs in vegan recipes, it is flaxseeds being used to make the proper texture.

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We can decide what flavour we want to receive choosing proper ingredients and spices. There are so many varieties that we can try all the time different taste combinations. Even when it comes to cooking we can either fry them or as I prefer bake them.

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My combination is based on mushrooms, oats and black lentils. This very simple recipe might secure your next few meals or help you when there is not enough time to cook! Even as a lunch at work or school it is a perfect idea!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Oat Flakes
  • Black Lentils
  • Mushrooms
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Plant Oil
  • Spices (thyme, wild garlic, and chilli powder)
  • Salt & Nigella Seeds

METHOD:

Cook the black lentils for approximately 30-40 minutes. A good idea is to soak them overnight to let them become softer and lighter and then cook. I do the same with all grains and I see the difference 🙂 Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 Celsius degrees.  Grate the mushrooms and put them into a bowl. Soak flaxseeds just a couple of minutes in a cup of water. Add blended oats, sunflower seeds (roasted or not, depending on your preferences), flaxseeds, spices, salt, nigella seeds and a bit of plant oil. Then put cooked and cooled back lentils into the same bowl and mix everything well using your hands. If the texture is too dry, add a bit of water if it is too sticky add more oats. Form the proper shape of your burgers, place them on the baking paper on the baking tray and bake them for approximately 30 minutes until they become brown, crunchy and firm enough. Leave them too cool and you can store them in the fridge

TO SERVE:

You can serve your burgers with almost everything, either in a bun like traditional ones or between the vegetables-the healthier option. I always combine them with my homemade pastes especially avocado pesto and different roasted veggies such as aubergine or pumpkin slices. Be creative! Add what you like the most and enjoy your delicious homemade burgers!

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