Veggie Burgers with Black Beans and Sprouted Lentils

Lentils are extremely good for you. They are low in fat, a good source of fibre and other essential nutrients, and are also high in protein. Lentils are an inexpensive, easy to store  alternative to meat in the diet. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy them!

Ingredients

2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 can, rinsed and drained)

2 cups cooked lentils

2 tsp. Kosher salt

½ tsp. freshly ground pepper

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion, finely diced

1 garlic clove, finely minced or grated

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup fresh bread crumbs

½ cup chopped fresh herbs (e.g. cilantro, parsley, basil, etc)

OR: 2 tbsp. dried herbs (Thyme, oregano)

(Note: regular brown lentils can be substituted)

Directions

Measure beans and lentils into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times until combined, but some texture remains.

Scrape into bowl and add onion, garlic, salt, pepper and eggs.

Combine and add bread crumbs and desired mixture of herbs.

If mixture is too stiff to form into patties, add a few drops of water. If it is too loose, add a few more bread crumbs.

Form into patties and cook over medium-high heat in a heavy frying pan with 2 or 3 tsp. olive oil or vegetable oil until nicely browned. Flip and brown other side.

Serve on toasted rolls with your favourite condiments.