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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Veggie Burgers

2 cups cooked drained lentils (see cooking instructions below or use canned)
½ cup dry amaranth
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup onion, finely diced (about half a medium onion)
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
¼ teaspoon celery seeds
½ cup quick or instant oats (or old-fashioned oats pulsed in a food processor)
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
½ cup toasted sunflower seeds
1. To cook the lentils, add 1 cup dry lentils to 3 cups boiling water and cook until the lentils are soft, about 30 minutes.
2. Drain, measure out 2 cups of lentils and place them in a large mixing bowl (save any extra lentils for another use).
3. To cook the amaranth, add the amaranth to 1 cup boiling water.
4. Lower the heat and cook, covered, until the amaranth is cooked and all the water is absorbed, about 25 minutes.
5. Add the cooked amaranth to the mixing bowl.
Preparing Burgers:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
2. Heat the olive oil in a nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat and sauté the onion, carrot and celery seeds until the carrot is soft, about 8 minutes. Add to the mixing bowl along with the oats, ketchup, nutritional yeast flakes and salt.
3. Grind the sunflower seeds into a coarse meal using a food processor. Add them to the mixing bowl and mix and mash everything together. Form mixture into 12 to 13 small patties, about 2 3/4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Moisten your fingers with a bit of water to keep the mixture from sticking as you work.
4. Bake for 20 minutes, until dry on the top, then flip the patties over and bake for another 10 minutes, until firm and brown.
5. Serve immediately or let cool completely before packing. (Mini Veggie Burgers also freeze well.)

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  1. Just to let you know that these veggie burgers are one of my Friday Favorite Finds.

  2. It seems like a lot of work just to make burgers! They do sound good, though.


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