I love lentils. I love burgers. I love mustard. I HAD to try this recipe – especially because it was just weird enough to work. The original recipe is from One Green Planet. I have modified both the ingredients and the process to amp up the flavour and nutrients and simplify the cooking (because I am lazy).
I’m calling these iron-lady lentil burgers because between the spinach, lentils and raisins you have one fibre, protein and iron-rich meal.
There is something about these burgers that makes me think they a) would make excellent sliders and b) would be a favourite with children. The patties are super even textured and have just a hint of sweetness.
You will need a food processor for this recipe.
The mustard sauce
3 Tbsp prepared yellow mustard
4 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp dry mustard
½ tsp curry powder
1 cup of uncooked lentils. I used Du Puys lentils because they cook in just 15 minutes.
1 carrot – cleaned and cut into rough chunks
1/3 cup raisins (any type)
½ cup walnut pieces
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup bread crumbs (or just use ¾ cup rolled oats or ¾ cup breadcrumbs – whatever you prefer)
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
2 Tbsp of the mustard sauce
1 tsp salt
A few grinds of black pepper
1 tsp hot sauce (optional)
1-2 Tbsp water
Cook the lentils according to package directions – typically 2 cups of water for 1 cup of dry lentils.
Pre-heat your oven to 400F.
Prepare the mustard sauce by mixing all the ingredients together in a small bowl or jar (you end up with about ½ cup of sauce).
Put all the burger ingredients in a food processor and process until you have a very smooth mixture. I ended up with a rather large and dry ball of patty mix so I added the 2 Tbsp of water to make the mix a bit more malleable.
Divide the patty mixture into four equal portions. Shape into patties and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes and flip the patties, then bake for another 5-10 minutes (depending on your oven).
Serve with the mustard sauce. I topped mine with tomato, lettuce and pickled onions. These burgers would be ridiculously delicious on a pretzel bun!