May 25, 2014

Black Bean and Lentil Burgers (Vegetarian, Low Fat, Whole Grain, Clean Eating)

  • 1 cup black beans, (canned or cooked)
  • 1 cup lentils (cooked)
  • 1 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
  • 2 ribs Celery (finely diced)
  • 1 small Onion (finely diced)
  • 1 cup Mushrooms (finely diced)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • (play with the spices, have fun)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 2 tbs of ground flax seed
  • 3tbs of warm water

  1. Combine ground flax seed with 3tbs of warm water. Set aside and let it gel a little.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350
  3. Have a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper ready to go.
  4. Put cooked beans and lentil in a big mixing bowl and mash them.
  5. Add oatmeal. Mix oatmeal with the bean really well.
  6. Add Celery, Onion, and Mushrooms (you can cook them first if you like, dice them first and then put them in a pan with a little water or low sodium vegetable broth and cook them till the are done, no need to add any oil)
  7. Add spices
  8. Add liquid
  9. Add flax. (be sure to follow instructions).
  10. Mix every thing together really well
  11. Use your hands to form into patties.
  12. Put patties on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  13. Cook in the oven for 15-20  minutes or until they are looking slightly crispy on the top. You can try flipping them half way through.
  14. Serve on a nice whole grain bun with all of your favorite burger accessories, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, tomato,hummus, ketchup, mustard, really just go wild. You can also serve it on a nice bed of leafy greens. Also, serve with baked sweet potato fries, it will make for an even happier experience.
  15. This should make 4-5 decent sized burgers or 8-10 smaller burgers. You can freeze them as well.
  16. *Tips: Too crumbly? Add more liquid. Too watery? Add more starch.

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