Quinoa and Red Lentil Veggie Burgers
These vegan burgers are wheat-free, soy-free, sugar-free and made with wholesome, healthy ingredients, including red lentils, quinoa, oats, carrots and zucchini. They are softer in texture than meat burgers and have a nice subtle flavor from the vegetable broth, onion, garlic and parsley. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings, or with a side salad or raw vegetables for a lighter meal.
Makes 6 larger or 8 smaller burgers
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup red split lentils
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 rib of celery
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 cup quick oats
- Bring the 2 cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan. Add the quinoa, stir, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
- At the same time as you bring the water to a boil, bring the vegetable broth to boil in a small saucepan. Add the red lentils, stir, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
- While the quinoa and lentils are cooking, shred the carrots, zucchini, celery and onion in a food processor.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shredded vegetables to the skillet, as well as the pressed garlic and parsley. Cook the vegetables for 20-25 minutes, until very soft.
- Once the quinoa and lentils have finished cooking, place them into a large mixing bowl. Add the soft, cooked vegetables.
- Allow the mixture to sit a while and cool, then add the sea salt, nutritional yeast and oats and stir to combine.
- Again, allow the mixture to cool. You can even place it into the fridge for anywhere from 20-30 minutes, or cover it and store it in the fridge for later use.
- Form the mixture into large 2 1/2 inch balls and then flatten them down slightly to make burger patties.
- Heat a tiny bit of sunflower oil in a large skillet and fry the burgers for a few minutes on each side until brown and crispy.
- Serve with lettuce and tomato and your favorite condiments on a bun or just eat the fried burger patties with raw vegetables and hummus or a side salad for something lighter.