Not only are these burgers de-lic-ious, they are nutritious, satisfying and gluten-free!  This recipe comes from one of my favorite food blogs, Susan Voisin’s Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.  The star ingredient, lentils are an excellent source of protein, are rich in heart-healthy dietary fiber, contain energy-boosting iron, and stabilize blood sugar.  Recent findings show that button mushrooms can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer as well as other types.  They also add texture to the burgers and a unique flavor that pairs well with the savory herbs.  I like to serve these with a side of roasted rosemary potatoes.

I hope your family enjoys these as much as we do. Kid-tested, Daddy approved!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 ounces mushrooms, washed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups cooked lentils, well drained
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free oats
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch
  • 1 tablespoon wheat-free tamari
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons warm water

Preparation

Place the mushrooms into the food processor and pulse until they are finely minced.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the onions and cook until they begin to brown, adding a splash of water if they begin to stick.

Stir in the mushrooms and garlic and another splash of water.

Cover and cook until the mushrooms soften (about 2-3 minutes), stirring often.

When the mushrooms have softened, transfer them to the food processor and add the lentils.

Pulse until the lentils are just combined with the mushrooms.

Add the remaining ingredients and pulse to combine well.

Spoon the mixture into a bowl and set aside for about 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Shape the burger mixture into 6 patties and bake for about 30 minutes.

Since ovens vary, check them after 25 minutes and give more time if necessary.

Remove the burgers from the baking sheet using a spatula.

Serve at once or refrigerate for later use.

Add your favorite fix-ins and you’re good to go.

Enjoy!