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Lentil Burgers with Aioli

Vegetarian food sometimes gets a bad reputation because people associate it with having to compromise on flavor. When sharing pictures of vegetarian foods with friends, I have encountered many instances where the person would question whether the food tastes good just based on the fact that is is vegetarian. The truth is that a vegetarian dish can look and taste just as good as any other dish. The trick is that you have to use a variety of veggies and also an appropriate mix of spices. The results can be very rewarding with just a little bit of extra effort!

Lentil Burger with Aioli

The non-vegetarian Lentil Burger. For the die-hard meat lovers, you could always add a couple slices of bacon. Goes extremely well with the burger! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of dried Lentil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup of carrots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of corns
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 7 tablespoons of bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons of cilantro or parsley
  • 1 large egg (omit for vegan and add another tablespoon of bread crumbs)
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Aioli:

  • 3 tablespoons yogurt or Vegenaise
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Directions:

  1. Prepare aioli by combining the ingredients above and refrigerate
  2. In a medium saucepan, cover the lentils with cold water by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. ย Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. ย Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. ย Add onion, carrots, 3 garlic cloves and cook for 3 minutes. ย Add corns and cook for another 2 minutes. ย Stir in cumin and cayenne pepper. ย Remove from heat.
  4. In a bowl, mix lentils, bread crumbs, cilantro, egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  5. Form lentil mixture into 12 equal portions for 12 mini burgers, or 6 equal portions for regular size burger of 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Heat oil on a skillet over medium heat and add lentil burgers, cook for 3 minutes on each size until golden. ย Serve hot burgers with cold aioli.
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