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The fifth of May will mark my one month anniversary as a vegetarian.  And it seems that attacks of culinary nostalgia are coming on.  First of all I have been having a weird craving for meatloaf.  I say weird because I’ve never really liked meatloaf.  And I’m having a craving for egg salad.  Unfortunately I used up my last package of firm tofu to make a less than satisfactory batch of baked tofu.  So nothing I can do about that.  Third, I have been really, really jonesing for a good burger.  That I can do something about. 

There are about as many veggie burger recipes as there are cooks so all I really had to do was pick one that suited me.  So I picked this Lentil Burger recipe from my aunt’s Weight Watcher cookbook.

The original recipe made said that it made four veggie patties.  Even making only half a batch I still ended up with three patties.

Lentil Burgers

Adapted from Weight Watcher’s The Versatile Vegetarian

¼ cup of uncooked brown lentils

1 carrot, peeled and shredded

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1 teaspoon of pepper

½ cup of breadcrumbs

Burger buns

Oil for frying

Cook lentils in water until tender.  Drain and set aside.  In a medium skillet, heat some oil and sauté the garlic and carrot shreds until garlic becomes fragrant.  Add lentils and then I cup of water.  Cook until liquid has been absorbed.  Mix in bread crumbs and spices.  Form into patties and refrigerate to let them firm up.  Heat oil in a skillet.  When its warm cook the patties a few minutes on each side until nice and brown.  These are really delicate so only plan to flip them once.  Serve on burger buns with your favorite condiments.

When making these I wanted to try to put some vital wheat gluten in the mix, thinking it might make the patties hold together better.  I didn’t but I bet the recipe would be better if you did.