We vegetarians don't have to give up on some classics from the meat eating days. For example, burgers. As an alternative, consider the ever popular vegetable and bean burgers. I think part of their popularity is because they're a quick solution to feed a guest who is a vegetarian if you aren't sure what to serve. In addition, many vegetarians enjoyed burgers before giving up meat. I remember eating veggie burgers, the store-bought variety, shortly after I gave up meat. Partly that was because I was only just beginning to explore the rich culinary options available, and veggie patties were easy, even if they didn't really taste all the wonderful some of the time.
Once I started cooking more and learning about world cuisines, veggie burgers weren't on the menu all that much. Even when I dine out, over the years restaurants have developed a wider range of offerings for vegetarians, so I usually choose something else.
However, sometimes there is nothing quite like a burger, especially when they are packed full of protein and flavor like these spiced up patties. There's nothing bland or boring about these. And certainly substantial, as lentils, chickpeas and millet are the shining stars. They really are a complete meal, even without bread.
A new favorite, these burgers would please even your most carnivorous friends.
It may look like a long list of ingredients and instructions, but really they are easy to make up, even if a bit time-consuming. I boiled my grain and legumes the day before, and fried up my vegetables and spices. Stored covered in the fridge overnight, all I had to do when I wanted to make dinner was to add the remaining ingredients, shape into patties and bake for about 20 minutes.
I didn't actually build a burger with them though. I served them on homemade whole wheat sweet potato flat breads with salsa and chunks of avocado on the side. Feel free to serve them with burger buns with your favorite condiments. The patties hold together well with an almost succulent texture, so they would work well served like that.
|Red Lentil, Chickpea and Millet Patties|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on February 4, 2015
Spicy and flavorful, these patties made with chickpeas, millet and lentils make a hearty, substantial and nourishing burger alternative
Print this recipe
Other patties to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Potato Patties Stuffed with Spiced Green Peas (Aloo Matar Tikki)
Quinoa Goat Cheese and Parmesan Cakes
Chickpea Pumpkin Burgers
Chickpea Quinoa Vegetable Burgers
On the top of the reading stack: Food and Drink Magazine
Audio accompaniment: Robert Rich