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Vegetarian Butternut Lentil Burgers

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Vegetarian Butternut Lentil Burgers

vegetarian butternut lentil burgers
Lentils are one of the quickest and easiest legumes to prepare. Unlike others which need soaking and hours of cooking time, you can cook lentils in under an hour. Aside from being quick to cook, lentils are a nutrient powerhouse.

 

Lentils have the highest amount of protein per weight of any other plant source and also provide slow burning carbohydrates to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Their iron content provides energy and their fibre helps maintain a happy digestive system.They are also easily adaptable and can be used in a range of dishes from soups, to stews to salads and as we did in this recipe, burgers.

 

These vegetarian lentil butternut burgers are made with lentils, oats, parsley and roasted peanuts. They’re baked, not fried and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, roasted butternut slices and a creamy peanut sauce. Serve them on a roll or wrapped inside lettuce.

 
vegetarian butternut lentil burgers

Vegetarian Butternut Lentil Burgers

These vegetarian lentil butternut burgers are made with lentils, oats, parsley and roasted peanuts. They're baked, not fried and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, roasted butternut slices and a creamy peanut sauce. Serve them on a roll or wrapped inside lettuce.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegetarian
Servings 8 patties

Ingredients
  

Lentil Patties

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 3/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tspn ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup oats ground into flour
  • 2 cups lentils cooked
  • 1 egg (see recipe notes)
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tspn ground coriander
  • 1 tspn Salt
  • 1 tspn ground black pepper

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • 1 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 tbsp peanut butter smooth
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2-4 tbsp water to thin out sauce, as needed
  • 1/2 tbsp honey (see note)
  • 1 tspn ground ginger
  • 1/8 tspn cayenne pepper

To Serve

  • 8 whole-grain rolls
  • tomato slices
  • lettuce
  • roasted butternut slices

You will also need

  • box grater
  • food processor

Instructions
 

Patties

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Peel the butternut and using a box grater, grate 1.5 cups of butternut and place in a large bowl. Slice the rest of the butternut (if you have left over) into small rounds, drizzle with olive oil and place on the baking sheet.
  • Add the parsley, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper and chopped peanuts to the bowl of grated butternut. Set aside
  • In a food processor, add oats and process until it resembles coarse flour and add to butternut mixture.
  • Add cooked lentils to the food processor and pulse a few times. Be careful not to over process the lentils – you want a very thick paste like texture with a few bits, not a puree. Add the lentil paste to the butternut mixture.
  • Add soy sauce and sesame oil to the mixture and adjust seasoning according to your taste. Once the seasoning is to your taste add the egg and mix well.
  • Place mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to set
  • Shape the mixture into tightly packed patties (you will get 7-8 patties depending on size). Place patties onto the baking sheet with the butternut rounds and bake for 20 minutes. Flip patties and butternut rounds and bake for another15 minutes (Check on the butternut before, as they may be ready before the patties are)

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • While the burgers are baking, prepare the peanut sauce by combining all the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Adjust ingredients to taste and add water as needed to get the consistency you want (the sauce will thicken as it sits)

To serve

  • Serve patties with wholegrain buns, lettuce, tomato slices, butternut rounds and peanut sauce

Notes

To make the recipe vegan replace the egg with a flax egg (3 tablespoons of water mixed with 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed, allow to sit for 3 minutes before adding into the patty)
Replace the honey in the peanut sauce with maple syrup
 
Nutrition per patty: 212 calories | 28g carbohydrates (2g sugar) | 11g protein | 7g fat
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