veggie burgers

Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers are a staple for vegetarians, but even meat eaters should give this recipe a try.

You will be surprised at how good this mixture of brown rice, lentils and vegetables really is.

It takes a while to cook all of the ingredients together, but really all you are doing is putting everything in a pot and letting it cook while you go off to do something else.

I hope you enjoy them.

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vegetarian label

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dry lentils
1/2 cup raw brown rice
1 chopped onion
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups liquid (stock or water)
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
1 diced potato
1 diced tomato
1 carrot, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
wheat germ
whole wheat flour
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying

Toppings and "go withs" include:
pita bread or whole wheat buns
shredded lettuce
shinly sliced onions
sliced tomatoes
sprouts
cheese
hummus

Directions:

Put the lentils, rice, onion, oil, stock, tamari sauce and tomatoe juice into a 2 quart pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the potato, tomato, carrot and celery and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes longer. If there is liquid left in the pot, drain it off, but reserve it.

Mash the mixture and let it cool. Get the proper consistency by adding a bit of the reserved liquid if it is dry, or wheat germ or whole wheat flour if it is too moist. Shape it into patties. Coat the patties with wheat germ and brown them in hot oil for 5 minutes per side.

Place one patty into a pita bread or whole wheat bun and add whatever toppings you enjoy. Or just eat them alone, with no bread, topped with your favorite toppings.

The recipe should make 6 to 8 lentil patties or more.


Tips:
  • One of my favorite toppings for lentil burgers is hummus. Add whatever you think will make a great burger.
  • You want the consistency of the burgers to be dry enough to hold together for frying.

Serving Suggestion: Here is a great meal idea. These veggie burgers would be delicious served with couscous salad and our lemon roasted beets for a delicious vegetarian meal.







Nutrition Analysis for Veggie Burgers Recipe:

Amount Per Serving Based on 8 Servings:

Calories 157
Calories from Fat 25
Total Fat 2.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 355 mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.3 g
Dietary Fiber 5.8 g
Sugars 2.6 g
Protein 6.5 g
Vitamin A 29%
Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 3%
Iron 11%



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