Lentil and Beetroot Burgers
These plant-based burgers hold together! And flip easily! And taste amazing!
Served with homemade tomato relish and sweet potato wedges.
Makes 6 patties
1/2 cup red lentils
1 can of beetroot, drained
1 garlic clove
1/2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
a handful of fresh parsley
1 tsp fresh chilli
1/2 tsp paprika
3 tbsp coconut milk
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (you could try any whole grain flour)
1 tsp coconut oil or olive oil
salt and pepper
1. Cook the lentils
Boil the lentils in water - this should take about 15 minutes.
2. Blend the beetroot and onion
Roughly chop the beetroot and onion and blend them together until they are finely chopped. If you have a food processor you could use fresh beetroot - we've only got a nutribullet, so we use canned.
3. Mix together
Mix the cooked lentils and beetroot blend together in a bowl.
4. Prepare the herbs and spices
Finely chop the garlic, chilli, and parsley. Mix them together in a small bowl with the tamari and paprika. Add these herbs and spices to the lentil and beetroot mix.
5. Add coconut milk and flour
Add the coconut milk to the mix, and then stir in a ¼ cup of flour at a time. The mixture should become just firm enough to hold it's shape. If it's too wet, add a teaspoon of flour at a time until it thickens. If it's too dry you can add a little more coconut milk.
6. Season and chill
Season the mixture with salt and pepper, and store in the fridge for 30-60 minutes if you've got the time.
7. Fry the burger patties
Heat the oil in a frypan over medium-high heat. Form patties with your lentil and beetroot mixture and fry them for 5 minutes on each side.
We've been eating these burger patties on sourdough bread (we didn't have buns) with homemade tomato relish (recipe coming soon!), cucumber, fresh tomato, baby spinach, and a side of sweet potato wedges. They would be amazing with hummus (recipe coming soon!) and pickles too. This morning I used some of the leftover mixture to make little roasted falafel-like balls and added them to a green salad.
Store the leftover mixture in the fridge for up to 3 days.