I love veggie burgers but am not thrilled about always having to buy processed frozen ones. I also don’t like that most recipes for homemade varieties include egg as binding agent.

That’s why I was thrilled to come across this recipe for Vegan Lentil Walnut Burgers on Oh, She Glows. These call for a flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax mixed well with 3 tbsp water) and taste just amazing! We enjoyed them on whole wheat bread with lettuce, tomato and Chris-made chipotle sauce, with a side of chips, salsa and fresh guacamole.

dsc030591 - Vegan Lentil Walnut BurgersI think I have a new favorite : )

Here’s a re-post of the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1 piece bread, toasted OR 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 chia/flax egg (1 tbsp ground chia or flax + 1/4 cup water)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl make the chia or flax egg and set aside. Place lentils in a small pot and add a couple cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 25 minutes. Remove and rinse in colander. While the lentils are cooking, toast the walnuts by placing the walnuts on a baking sheet and cooking at 350F for about 12 minutes until golden brown and delicious. Let cool. In a food processor, process the garlic, walnuts, toasted bread OR breadcrumbs, spices & seasonings until combined. Now add oil and lentils and pulse until coarsely chopped (some lentils should be visible and left chunky). Add the flax or chia egg and pulse a bit more until combined. Now shape 4 patties with hands and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a non-stick mat. Bake at 350F for 20-22 minutes on each side for a total of 40-45 mins. bake time. Makes 4 patties.

dsc030581 - Vegan Lentil Walnut BurgersSometimes the names of food products are just so weird I find myself laughing in the store. That definitely happened when I bought this loaf of on-sale “Soft Family” 100% Whole Wheat Bread. Soft Family, seriously? Is this for, like, your soft, doughy loved ones who need to start eating more whole grains or something? Oh dear…