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These spiced lentil walnut burgers are flavourful burger patties with an avocado ranch dressing or sliced avocado’s. 

The vegan burger recipe can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free breadcrumbs or flour to make gluten-free.  

The recipe makes 4 to 5 large patties. Serve the patties with dressing over a salad.

Ingredients

1/2 cup chopped red onions

1 clove of garlic

1/4 inch ginger

1/3 cup walnuts

1/4 cup packed cilantro

3/4 tsp salt or more depends on if the lentils were salted

3/4 tsp each of ground cumin and coriander

1/2 tsp garlic

1/2 tsp cayenne hot! or use sweet paprika + a good dash of black pepper for less heat

1/2 tsp garam masala

3-4 basil leaves optional

3/4 cup cooked brown or white rice

1 1/2 cups cooked brown lentils or canned lentils.

2 tsp Tomato sauce or bbq sauce

1 tsp oil

1 flax egg 1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed in 2.5 tbsp warm water, let sit for 2 minutes

3-4 tbsp breadcrumbs or flour gluten-free breadcrumbs or flour to make gluten-free

Instructions

In a processor, process onion, garlic, ginger, walnuts and cilantro until finely chopped. Alternatively, cook the onions and garlic in 1/2 tsp oil until they are golden and then add to the processor.

Add the spices, salt, basil, rice, half of the cooked lentils and pulse a few times until well combined. Transfer to a bowl with the rest of the lentils. Add tomato sauce, oil, flax egg and mix everything until evenly mixed in. Mash a bit if needed and mix in. 

Taste and adjust salt, spice, herbs if needed. Add in the breadcrumbs or flour and mix in. Let the mixture chill for 10 minutes.

If the chilled mixture is too wet, add in more flour or breadcrumbs. The amount needed depends on the moisture in the veggies, the kind of lentils and just general mood of things in the mixture. Add more breadcrumbs or flour if too sticky wet. Add another flax egg if too crumbly to make patties.

Shape into 4 large patties. Pack well. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of oil and spread it around. Place patties on the skillet and cook for 4 to 6 minutes on each side.

Serve with vegan ranch/avocado ranch dressing, mayo or ketchup, mustard or other dressing of choice. 

Add some caramelized onions or other toppings. 

Recipe adapted from www.veganricha.com