May 18, 2012

Different kinds of burgers

Would you like to put something other than meat on your barbecue grill? 
Try these options:

Portobello Black Bean Burgers
1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, wiped clean
1 small can black beans, rinsed and drained (I like Eden Organics)
1 teaspoon each cumin and coriander
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
Vegetable oil for cooking
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a food processor, chop mushrooms into extra fine pieces. Saute on medium heat with vegetable oil for 15 minutes. Return to food processor.
Add beans, spices, salt, and egg; process until fully combined. Liberally coat a large nonstick baking pan with vegetable oil. Form 4 patties, then gently place onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, flip with a spatula, and bake for 10 more minutes. 

Garnish with avocado slices and enjoy with salad and sourdough bread!

Lentil Carrot Burgers
1 cup brown lentils
2 cups water
1 Tbsp cooking oil
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup grated carrots
1 tsp each: cumin, paprika, salt
Fresh black pepper to taste
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup quick oats
1 Tablespoon tahini (roasted sesame seed butter)
1/4 cup minced fresh basil or parsley

Soak lentils in hot water for 2 hours. Drain and rinse lentils.
Place drained lentils in a 4 quart pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer, un-covered for 1 hour. Skim off any foam that rises to the top.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove lid and turn heat up to medium, stirring occasionally, until remaining liquid has been absorbed. Mash lentils with a potato masher or immersion blender.
Chop onions and garlic. Grate carrots.
Sauté onion and garlic with oil in a frying pan until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add spices and stir to incorporate.
Add oats, sunflower seeds and grated carrots.Cook for 2 more minutes. Turn off heat.
Add minced basil or parsley and tahini.
Place in a bowl and knead briefly with your hands to make a stiff mixture. If it does not seem stiff enough, add a few more oats.
Grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil. Shape the lentil mixture into patties and place each one on the baking sheet. 
Bake for 10 minutes, flip with a spatula, and bake for 10 more minutes. 

Garnish with pesto and goat cheese and enjoy with salad and sourdough bread!

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