A guest post by Heather Sullivan
Gluten-free if use gluten-free breadcrumbs /Dairy Free if omit yogurt topping/ Nut free.
I was inspired to create this curried lentil burger after a visit to Blanc Burger in Kansas City, MO. I called to get the recipe, but they wouldn’t divulge. After a little research, I found a recipe by bridezillabakes and adapted it a bit. I think the burgers came out very well (my guys really liked them too) and I would bet that they’re significantly lower in calories than the restaurant burger. Lentils are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They’re great for your heart and help to stabilize blood sugar levels due to their high fiber content . Plus, they’re very inexpensive. Look for them in the bin section of your grocery store.
* 1Tbsp cumin
* 1/2 tsp coriander
* 2 tsp curry powder (whole foods has a very nice fresh selection)
* 1 Tbsp olive oil
* 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (you could leave this off if cooking for babies and add a little hot sauce on your own burger)
* 1/2 medium onion diced
* 1/4 cup shredded or diced carrots
* 1-2 cloves garlic
* 1.5 cups cooked green lentils (can easily be made in a rice cooker by adding twice the amount of water as lentils)
* pinch of salt
* 1 Tbsp lemon juice
* 1 egg
* 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (I used gluten-free)
* 3-4 Tbsp greek yogurt (I use 2%, but if you want to cut the calories a bit, use the 0%)
* 1 Avocado
* hot sauce to taste
* Raw onion or scallions for topping
Sautee onions, garlic, carrots, lemon juice and spices in 1 Tbsp oil until fragrant. Combine with lentils and puree into a thick consistency with some lentils still whole. Add the egg and breadcrumbs and mix. Make 4 patties and refrigerate for a few hours or ideally overnight (the flavors really come alive more).
Prepare by heating 1 Tbsp olive oil (or natural cooking spray) and cooking the patties for about 5-7 minutes per side. Stir the yogurt and avocado together with a dash (or more) of hot sauce and cumin to top the patties along with the raw onion. Serve over spinach , bread (regular or gluten-free) or tortillas.
Nutritional Information per burger + yogurt avocado sauce
Recipe makes 4 burgers
15 g fat
42 g carbohydrates
16 g protein
15 g fiber
A good source of Vitamins A, C and E as well as B vitamins, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc
Love Heather’s recipes? Read more Green and Plenty recipes on Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange, or experience her full blog on bloggerspot, which includes “green” tips for a healthy household.