This is not your average veggie burger.
Lentils and cashews give this burger the substance to be protein-packed and filling, while the curry and coriander give a big kick of flavour. I normally don’t bother with a bun when I’m eating burgers at home, but these ones are nice with fresh burger buns, topped with radish, avocado, cheese and whatever else you want. I put a bit of chipotle mayo on the tops of mine as well—can’t go wrong.
This recipe is from the Canadian Living Vegetarian Collection, my favourite all-veg cookbook. I have used oats instead of breadcrumbs, but if you prefer to use breadcrumbs, that’s what I used this time (it’s also what they call for in the original recipe) and it works well too.
Sidenote: There’s one exception to the store bought veggie burgers. President’s Choice makes a Portobello Swiss Burger which is really yummy (although it’s still soy-based), but it’s easier to barbecue than homemade ones because they stay together really well.
- 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 4 cups white mushrooms, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
- 1 19oz can lentils, drained and rinsed
- 1 tbsp. curry paste
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped
- Avocado slices to garnish (optional)
- Radish slices to garnish (optional)
In a dry skillet, toast cashews over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to food processor.
In the same skillet, heat 1 tbsp. of the oil over medium-high heat; saute mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt and pepper until no liquid remains, about 5 minutes. Add to food processor.
Add lentils and curry paste to food processor; pulse to combine, scraping excess food from the sides with a rubber spatula. Mix in oats and coriander. Shape mixture into four 1-inch thick patties.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat; fry patties until crusty, turning once so they don’t fall apart, about 16 minutes. Top each finished burger with your favourite veggies and slap it between a bun.