Once in awhile I enjoy making my own veggie burgers from scratch. Every time I do I think I should do it more often, for no store bought variety ever tastes as good. Here is the first recipe I ever used to make my own veggie burgers when I was a teenager. Packed with protein and hidden veggies it’s a filling and nutritious meal for kids of all ages.
2 cups brown lentils, cooked
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped finely
1/2 cup toasted or raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup carrot, grated
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 tsp. thyme
Directions: Mix well, drop onto pan and shape into patties. At first you’ll think it didn’t work and that it’s going to be a mess, but the egg and cooking will help it hold together. Fry in a little olive oil on med-high heat and turn over after about 10-15 minutes. Underside should be brown and crispy. Try not to check it so the burger will stay together. Serve plain or top with your favorite burger fixings.
Makes 6-8 burgers.
Rosemary Baked French Fries
Wash and french fry cut as many potatoes as you think you will need. I like to keep the skins on. Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil, dried rosemary and sea salt and cook on a baking sheet at 450 degrees for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Flip fries about halfway through cooking to ensure crispiness on all sides.
Do you ever make your own burgers? What’s your favorite recipe?