Summer is coming to an end here in New Zealand, while spring is coming to the Northern hemisphere. Time to talk about BBQ! And I keep thinking about these burgers that I made several times for a vegan BBQ evening with friends. They went down a treat , so I decided to share the recipe.
These vegan, gluten-free lentil burgers are super easy to make. You can also add different spices or herbs of your choice and play around with the flavours. I cooked them in my trusted titanium ceramic frying pan that works with no or just a teeny tiny bit of oil. If you are looking for cooking with less oil, I can only recommend this kind of frying pan.
Tip: The lentils are best when soaked. I tend to soak bigger batches and then store them in smaller containers the freezer. This way I always have some soaked lentils at hand when needed.
Makes about 8 burgers:
1 cup lentils, soak in water for at least 8 hours, then rinse and drain
some cooking oil (I use coconut oil)
1 small onion, finely diced
3/4 cup (190ml) water
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoon rice flour
1 tablespoon psyllium fiber husk
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt (depending on how salty you like it)
2-3 tablespoon additional water if needed
1. Preheat a pot with some cooking oil. Add finely diced onion and cooked until slightly golden.
2. Add lentils and 3/4 cup of water to the pot. Stir in herbs and spice. Simmer with open lid for approx. 5 to 10 minutes or until the lentils look fairly soft. 3. When the lentils are soft, add rice flour, fiber husk, tahini, soy sauce and salt and mix well. Use a potato masher to mash the lentils fairly well.
4. It should result in a sticky dough that can be formed with your hands. Should the dough be too dry and crumbly, add a little bit more water. I recommend to start with 1 tablespoon and see how it goes.
5. Preheat frying pan. Form patties and place in frying pan, slightly pressing them down. Cook on both sides until golden brown.
Please let me know what you think about this recipe, I’d love to hear from you! And if you remake this recipe, please share the picture with me on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook.