So a few months ago I bought a huge bag of dried red lentils for less than $5. It is ginormous and will last me a lifetime. Dried legumes may seem like they require a lot of work but really they don’t. Their impressive plant-based protein content, fibre content, versatility, and affordability make them staples in my pantry.
Now, red lentils are generally used in curry dishes which I adore but I was looking for
something different. And at the same time as my lentil kick ignited, so did a quinoa kick. I have been using quinoa tons lately as it’s great to have on hand to add to homemade baby foods. I put the two together and immediately wanted to give a burger recipe a try.
These patties are simple and make for a great addition to literally anything. My favourite way to enjoy a classic veggie burger patty is right on top of a luscious salad. The two complement each other so perfectly and always leave me feeling satisfied but never overstuffed.
Quinoa Lentil Burgers
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 1/4 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
- 1 + 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1/8 cup whole oats, ground to a crumb-like texture
- 1 garlic clove, whole
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 egg (or a chia egg for a plant based recipe: 1 Tbsp. ground chia seeds + 3 Tbsp. warm water)
- 1 handful spinach, pulsed finely
- 1 Tbsp. minced red onion
- 1/4 Tsp. cumin
- 1/4 Tsp. turmeric
- 1/4 Tsp. Paprika
1. Preheat oven to 375•F
2. Place the uncooked quinoa, dried lentils, vegetable broth, ground oats, garlic clove, and salt in a large cooking pot.
3. Bring to a boil and turn down the heat to simmer for ~15 minutes with the pot covered.
4. Once all of the liquid has been absorbed, scoop the mixture into a large bowl and discard of the garlic clove.
5. Add the egg, spinach, onion, and spices and stir thoroughly.
6. Using the outer sealing lid of a half-gallon mason jar, form your patties into perfect circles on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
7. Bake for 15 minutes and flip the burgers to bake for another 15 minutes.
8. Remove from heat, let cool, and enjoy.
*You can easily get a head start on this recipe by performing steps 1-3 in advance. Simply keep your patty foundation stored in the fridge until you are ready to add the other ingredients and bake your burgers.
**My salad includes shredded green leaf lettuce, zoodles, cucumber, pickled beets, carrots, green onion, red onion, avocado, a burger patty, sunflower seeds, and a hummus dressing made by simply mixing hummus with water.