Lentil Cashew Burgers

A good veggie burger is so satisfying. I love veggie burgers, especially ones with mushrooms and nuts in them! Even if you aren’t a mushroom fan, you will like these. The flavor is even better the next day. I tried this recipe from The Vegetarian Collection cookbook.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews

2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil

4 cups sliced white or cremini mushrooms

1 onion, chopped

1 – 2 cloves garlic, minced (I am a garlic lover, so I used 2)

1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

1 can (19 oz) lentils, drained and rinsed

1 Tbsp curry paste (I couldn’t find this, so I bought a jar of vegetable curry sauce instead and also used about 1/4 tsp of curry powder) *update – be careful with the kind of curry paste you use. I tried again when I found red curry paste, used 1 Tbsp and they were SPICY!!

1/4 cup dry whole wheat bread crumbs (or try using more if you don’t want the burgers to be so moist)

1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander (I used about 1 tsp dried)

Topping Options:

Lettuce, bun, Veganaise, hummus, Daiya cheese, red onion, ketchup, mustard…whatever you like!

lentil burger ingredients

In a dry skillet, toast cashews over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to food processor.

In same skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of the oil over medium-high heat; saute mushrooms, chopped onion, garlic, salt and pepper until no liquid remains, about 5 minutes. Add to food processor.

mushrooms and onions cooking

rinsing lentils

Add lentils and curry paste/curry powder to food processor; pulse to combine.

lentil burger mixture in food processor

Transfer to bowl, then mix in bread crumbs and coriander. Shape mixture into 1/2 inch or so thick patties. This made 7 burgers for me.

raw lentil burgers

In a large nonstick skillet or grill pan, heat remaining oil over medium heat; fry patties until crusty, turning once, about 16 minutes or so. These are quite soft so be patient. I think if you added some more breadcrumbs and cashews, it would make them firmer. But it doesn’t matter, they taste great!

grilled lentil burgers

Assemble your burger and enjoy! I’m going to make a huge batch next time and freeze them.

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