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French Lentil Portobello Burgers

French Lentil Portobello Burgers

Do you ever have an insatiable craving for a delicious, summery burger — but don’t want the autolyzed yeast extract and soy protein isolates contained in many commercial veggie patties? There’s no need to go without!  You can make your own grain-free version using just a handful of healthy ingredients. Organic french lentils and fresh portobello mushrooms combine to make a nutritious, mouthwatering vegan burger.

Organic French Lentils/Lentilles du Puy

These beautiful blue-green legumes have a unique nutty flavor.  Since they are lower in starch than other lentil varieties, French lentils hold their shape nicely after cooking. A single cup of cooked lentils offers nearly 30 percent of the daily requirement for iron, and 90 percent of the requirement for folate, an essential B-vitamin.

Portobello Mushrooms (Also “Portabella”)

Just one of these rich, earthy mushrooms contains more potassium than a banana. A fantastic source of B-complex vitamins such as niacin and pantothenic acid, a portobello mushroom also provides one-third of the daily requirement for riboflavin.  Additionally, mushrooms are an excellent source of the mineral selenium.

Vegan Burgers

3/4 c. diced portobello mushrooms
1 Tablespoon diced onion
1/2 Tablespoon chopped parsley

Saute in pan over medium heat until onions are translucent and the moisture has evaporated from the mushroom pieces. Cool slightly.

In a blender, blend the following into a thick paste –

1 c. cooked, drained, organic french lentils
2 Tablespoons tapioca starch
mushroom, onion and parsley mixture (above)

In fry pan, heat oil to shimmering.  Reduce heat to medium.  Add patty mixture to hot pan by spoonful, flatten into shape of a burger with spatula.  Add sea salt and pepper to taste; cook approximately 5 minutes on each side.

Serving suggestion: top with organic mustard, Vegenaise, and organic tomato slices and wrap in a large lettuce leaf.  Enjoy!

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By Gina Munsey, Green Options

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6:12PM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

will try to recipe, just need to get a portobello mushroom, got plenty of lentils - something new for Meatless Monday

9:06AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012


6:15AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012


10:48PM PDT on Apr 7, 2010

TY..I find that almost anything can be substituted! Just be brave, and you will have a delightful DELIGHT!

9:53AM PDT on Sep 14, 2009

Can you cook these on the grill? Will they fall apart--I don't fry anything in the summer (no air conditioning...)

5:40AM PDT on Sep 14, 2009

Is there a mushroom substitute? No one here will eat anything with mushrooms.

5:15AM PDT on Sep 14, 2009

Yum - this sounds delciious!! Guess what I am having for dinner tomorrow night?
Thanks for that

5:21PM PDT on Sep 13, 2009

Can rice flour or chick pea flour etc be substituted for the tapioca starch?

4:41PM PDT on Sep 13, 2009

I am salivating already, Megan - and shall try it soon as I can lay my hands on all ingredients that I need for your very healthy recipe.

Many thanks.

4:29PM PDT on Sep 13, 2009

Sounds very yummy to me. I often print out these recipes for my recipe book. Now all I have to do is buy that food processor, it's on my list :)

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