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Lentil Almond Veggie Burgers

A plant-based burger packed with savory vegetables and herbs that can be prepared ahead of time for a quick lunch or dinner.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 100 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
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Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup lentils, brown or green, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1 tbsp thyme, fresh, chopped
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, whole wheat
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add lentils and simmer on medium-low heat until tender and starting to fall apart, about 25-30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add chopped carrots, shallots, and celery and cook about 3 minutes or until softened, stirring and adding a drop of water if needed.
  3. Add sliced almonds, thyme, and pepper and cook until almonds are lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer vegetable mixture to a food processor and add 1 cup cooked lentils. Pulse until mixture is coarsely ground, scraping the sides as needed.
  5. Pour mixture into a large bowl, then add the remaining lentils. Stir and let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Add whole wheat bread crumbs, aquafaba and lemon juice. Stir then place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  7. Remove from refrigerator and form into patties.
  8. Cook patties on a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side or until lightly browned.

Notes: Aquafaba is the viscous liquid in which canned legumes (e.g. chickpeas) have been cooked. Three tablespoons is equal to one egg or one egg white. In this recipe, aquafaba replaces egg as a binding ingredient, along with the whole wheat bread crumbs. This helps the mixture stick so it can be formed into patties. The refrigeration period (required) will also help the mixture stiffen up. If patties are not forming well, additional bread crumbs can be added.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.