This is a delicious recipe I adapted from Avoca in Ireland. Originally made in a loaf, I have made burgers just to speed up the cooking time. If you would prefer to make the loaf, refer to the instructions at the end. Don’t be daunted by the amount of ingredients, they are really worth making. It’s a very economical recipe. Leftovers can be frozen or reheated and eaten with a salad for lunch. Step 1 can be prepared in advance.
Approx total cost: £2.62 or 66p per portion*
Total time: 55 mins
- 125g red lentils
- 125g dried green lentils (soaked in boiling water for 20 mintues)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion (peeled and diced finely)
- 50g button mushrooms (sliced)
- Half a red bell pepper (de-seeded and diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (peeled and diced)
- 1 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 carrot (grated)
- 2 slices of bread (breadcrumbs)
- 50g cheese (vegetarian cheese, grated)
- 2 small eggs
- 50g plain flour
- Place the lentils in a saucepan, cover in water or vegetable stock. Bring to boil, simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Drain the lentils. Leave to cool for a few minutes.
- Whilst the lentils are cooking, heat a frying pan, add the olive oil and heat for a few seconds. Add the onions and fry for 1 minute. Add the garlic, mushrooms and peppers and all the spices. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring all the time.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl and season – except for the eggs and flour.
- Add 1 beaten egg at a time and mix gently. The mixture should be doughy but not sticky.
- Add enough flour to mould the mix into 8 burgers and cover in flour. Place in the fridge for at least 10 minutes. Burgers can be frozen at this stage.
- Heat extra oil in a frying pan, when very hot, place burgers in oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Place in a hot oven for 10 minutes to cook and heat the inside of the burger.
- Serve in a toasted bap with side salad and guatamole.
- To make loaf: Add the two eggs to the mixture and stir. Spoon into a greased and bottom-lined loaf tin or an 8″ (20cm) cake tin. Place in a moderate hot oven – 160c – for 45 minutes or until set.
*(prices correct at time of publication – supermarket offers and prices may vary)