Smoky Lentil burgers

I love lentils. They are very hearty, and they fill you up very well. These smoky lentil burgers have a fantastically balanced flavour, that make you want to eat them all at once.

DSC05447I soaked some lentils for 8 hrs. It was easy to do, just add water before work!

DSC05452Then, cook them down until nice and mushy.

DSC05453Add your spices and an egg. I tried to use a mixer to mush up the lentils a bit. Didn’t work so well. Use a potato masher or pastry cutter instead.

DSC05454I added the other wet ingredients (greek yogurt and lemon juice).

DSC05455And then I added the dry seasoning and breadcrumbs.

DSC05456Here it is when it’s all mixed up.

DSC05458Form them into patties and brush with oil.

DSC05459Bake until crispy golden brown.

DSC05461Serve with your favourite toppings.

DSC05463Alongside a class of sangria on a beautiful summer’s evening.

Smoky lentil burgers

You will need:

2 cups cooked lentils

1 cup bread crumbs

1 egg

a handful of chives, diced

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cumin

1 cup Greek yogurt

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp lemon zest

Begin by cooking down the lentils. Preheat oven to 450. Once cooked, cool and add your egg, yogurt and lemon juice and zest. Mush up the lentils a bit with a potato masher. Add your seasoning and breadcumbs and stir thoroughly to combine. Form into patties and brush both sides with oil. Bake at 450 for 15-20 mins, until golden brown. Serve on buns, or alone, slathered in aioli. Enjoy, a lot!

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