When Chad and I go out to eat, we are always partial to the places that make their own veggie burgers from scratch, as opposed to those other places that serve them frozen from a box. We are especially interested in finding great recipes to make our own at home. My Mom sent me this recipe from Dr. Joel Fuhrman- a Walnut –Mushroom Veggie Burger he made on Live with Kelly and Michael. However, Chad is not a fan of mushrooms so in order for me to make this burger at home, I needed to make some modifications.
I cooked up some lentils in place of the mushrooms and I have to say they turned out pretty tasty.
Four power ingredients made me feel like I was going to be able to stop powerful locomotives and leap tall buildings in a single bound. I wonder if Superman ate lentils.
This recipe has lentils, rolled oats, walnuts and spinach. Maybe these burgers were going to make me more like Popeye.
The Dr. Fuhrman version also called for ground walnuts. I crushed mine instead of grinding them because I felt it would make the veggie burger texture a little more chunky and authentic. I just put some walnuts into a plastic baggie and carefully crushed them using a meat tenderizer.
I don’t know, what I do know is they were delicious. Chad enjoyed his burger on a whole-grain bun while I skipped the bread and instead had my burger on top of tomato slices.
I also made a pear, apple and cucumber salsa to top the burgers. Chad and I had gone to a cute little French Bakery near our house not too long ago and they served this salsa on their own homemade veggie burgers. I loved how fresh it was. No need for any sugar-laced high-fructose corn syrup based ketchup here. I did add a little high-quality Dijon mustard to my own burger. I loved the contrast of the tangy mustard with the sweetness of the pear salsa.
We had enough leftover walnut and lentil burgers that the next day I served the “meat” over white rice with green beans.
I also used up the rest of the pear and cucumber salsa over tomato slices with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
What do you like to put on your veggie burgers?