Lentil Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Last week the Washington Post had some great veggie recipes…this is a modification of one of them the BGR veggie burger.  BGR makes a pretty good veggie burger. I modified the recipe because I wanted to make it a tad healthier (quinoa instead of rice and I eliminated the frying step) and I used lentils because I don’t eat black beans. I also halved the recipe…they must make some FAT burgers…because I still got 10 pretty good sized ones (they said serves 12). I also didn’t feel the need to eat this on a bun.

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The ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa (pre cooked is fine)
  • 1 sweet potato cooked or…combo of sweet potato and accorn squash (what I used)
  • 1 cup french lentils, cooked
  • 1 T Garlic paste
  • 1 link of veggie sausage (field roast mexican chipotle was my choice) chopped up
  • 1/8-1/4 cup barbeque sauce (i used a combo of regular bbq sauce and asian bbq)
  • 1/8 cup molasses
  • salt to taste

The Method

  1. The recipe starts with pre-cooking your ingredients. Cook the quinoa (follow the instructions on your package. I boil water and then add it to the quiona and bring it down to a simmer).
  2. Cook the lentils (I did 2 cups water to 1 cup lentil over medium heat).
  3. My sweet potato and squash were pre cooked–left overs from last week. But you can toss one in the microwave for about 7 minutes (wrap it in a wet paper towel).
  4. Preheat oven to 400 (the orig recipie says 375 and 350…i think they will be too wet)
  5. Put the bbq sauces and molasses into a mixing bowl.
  6. Mix in the lentils–mash them up some. Add the sweet potato/squash–make sure that is mashed too. Add the quinoa. Mix well. Add garlic paste. Add the veggie sausage bits (chop them into fine pieces or pull apart)
  7. Line a pan with parchment and form patties on it.
  8. Bake at 400 for about 20 mins. Reduce heat to 375 or 350 and continue baking for another 10-15 mins. You want the patties to be dry to the touch on top, but still be moist (you don’t want to dry them out completely).
  9. Cool and enjoy with your favorite toppings…or just plain. I topped a patty with my next recipe post (carrots and butternut squash with tahini-sriracha sauce)

About ds331

A lifelong vegetarian. A foodie. Can there be such a thing? Some restauranteurs don't seem to think so...but many of my veggie friends and family have a little something or two to teach them.
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