I don’t like lentils. I love the idea of them–packed with protein, an excellent storage legume, and we could even grow them ourselves! Now that I have stocked our pantry with lentils and want to grow them in the backyard, I need to find a recipe that will actually encourage me to eat them.
Notes on lentils: ketchup on lentils helps, but only kind of. Lentils in a casserole still taste like lentils. Cheese helps, but honestly I’d rather just eat the cheese.
Enter amazing tip that makes lentils actually taste good! Cook them in broth (vegetable or bone), not water, mix them with spices and onion, and pile it on homemade bread and cheese. All of the yummy and nutritious bits of the broth are absorbed by the lentils and, to me, makes them much more satisfying. Add cheese and bread and you essentially have a vegetarian burger (vegan–omitting the cheese) that I would willingly suggest for a lunch or dinner.
Lentil burgers with homemade bread and sweet potato fries will warm up any cold winter night.
Bring the broth to a boil and add the lentils. Cover and reduce to a simmer and allow it to cook for about 30 minutes. The lentils should be soft and have absorbed all of the liquid. Once cooked, mash the lentil and set aside.
Add the chopped onion and lemon juice to a lightly oiled skillet and cook until the onions are soft. Add garlic, pepper, and cumin. Combine well.
Meanwhile, toast and mince the walnuts.
Combine the contents of the skillet and breadcrumbs with the walnuts. Add the lentils and mix well. If it seems that the mixture will not hold together in a patty, add an egg to help bind it together. Place mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Once cooled, form patties with the mixture. Cook the patty in a pan for a few minutes on each side. You could grill it if you feel that it is bound together sufficiently.
Place patties on your choice of bread or roll and add any burger toppings you would like!