I don’t miss much about eating meat. Pretty much the only thing I find myself craving (especially if I’ve got a case of the Smirnoff flu) is a big, juicy, cheesey burger.
If I were a less honest saleswoman, I’d lie to you and say that these veggie burgers taste just like a cheeseburger at a pub.
No veggie burger does, and if someone tells you that their veggie burger does, they’re lying. That isn’t the point. They’re tasty, easy to eat, and while they aren’t a juicy cheeseburger, they also aren’t full of fat, calories, and regret.
After about two years of experimentation, I’ve found that these are my favourite burger substitute. They’re beyond delicious, easy to make, vegan, and freeze really well—not to mention 110% clean and healthy. I like to make a batch and throw ‘em in the freezer for an easy and quick weeknight dinner.
You’re gonna need:
1 ½ c red lentils, dry
3 cups water
1 tsp salt
Splash of Olive Oil
2 big carrots, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, diced
½ white onion, diced
1 cup uncooked spinach
3 tbs soy sauce
1 c oats (or quinoa flakes)
Squeeze o’ mustard
First things first—you’re gonna want to cook your lentils.
Throw ‘em in a pot with the water and salt, and cook them on medium heat for about 40 minutes. If you’ve measured everything out right, you shouldn’t be left with any water in your pot. Set aside for now.
Grab a frying pan, and heat up your olive oil. Throw in your garlic and onions, and cook them until aromatic. Now, add your carrots. I like them to be a bit soft, so I cook them for about 8 minutes.
Take them out and put them to the side. Cook your spinach in the same pan, and when it is just done, plop it on top of your carrots on the plate.
Now, grab your lentil pot. Throw in your spices and the soy sauce…
…and then the cooked veggies, and mix it all together!
Stir your oats (or quinoa flakes if you’re using them) in really well, and form patties.
Spray a frying pan with pam and bring it up to medium heat. Toss your burgers on! They should cook for about 4 minutes on each side.
And there you have it! Vegan, virtually no fat, and high in protein, fiber, and deliciousness.