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Lentil and Barley Veggie Burgers

Food Network Canada
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
40 min
Yields
6 servings

Homemade burgers are always better than frozen and you don’t always need meat – this recipe makes genuinely delicious, filling burgers made from fresh ingredients.

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ingredients

Burgers

1
cup green lentils, picked through and rinsed thoroughly
¼
cup pearl barley
1
Tbsp unsalted butter
1
medium onion, chopped
1
large clove garlic, minced
1
tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
1 ½
tsp curry powder
1
cup fresh breadcrumbs
1
whole egg plus 1 egg white, lightly beaten
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2
Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
6
sesame burger buns or pocket pitas

Toppings

½
cup goat cheese, (2 to 3 oz), room temperature
¼
cup whole milk yogurt
Lettuce, sliced cucumber, radish, and/or a squeeze of fresh lime juice
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directions

Step 1

Put the lentils and barley in a saucepan with cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Season with salt, and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the lentils and barley tender, about 20 minutes. Drain excess liquid and put the beans and grain into a large bowl. Cool.

Step 2

Meanwhile, melt the butter in skillet over medium heat and cook the onion, garlic, and ginger until the onion is tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute more. Cool slightly and then add to the lentils and barley.

Step 3

Stir the cilantro, bread crumbs, and eggs into the lentil mixture, and season with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste. Puree 1 cup of the burger mix in a food processor until smooth. Return purree back to the bowl and mix well. Form mixture into 6 burgers (about 1/2 cup each). Place on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Step 5

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season burgers with salt and pepper and cook 3 burgers, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes in all. Transfer the browned burgers to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining oil and burgers. Transfer burgers to the oven, and cook until firm, about 10 minutes.

Step 6

Meanwhile lightly toast buns or pitas. Mix the goat cheese and yogurt in a small bowl until smooth, season with salt and pepper. Put the burgers on the buns, and top with cheese and lettuce, cucumber, radish, and/or a squeeze of lime juice, if desired. Serve.

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