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Cumin-Spiced Lentil Burgers

My lovely Turkish daughter-in-law has shared many recipes with our family. I transformed her original lentil log recipe (a traditional Turkish appetizer) into these vegan lentil burgers. For a spicier burger, you can add hot chili powder or crushed red chili peppers. —Sheila Joan Suhan, Scottdale, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup bulgur (fine grind)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 flatbreads wraps
  • 8 tablespoons Sriracha mayonnaise
  • TOPPINGS: lettuce leaves, sliced tomato and sliced onions

Directions

  • Place 2 cups water and lentils in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in bulgur and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and let stand until tender and liquid is absorbed, 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 8-10 minutes. Add cumin and chili powder; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat. Add onion mixture to lentil mixture. Stir in egg, green onions, parsley and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, mixing lightly but thoroughly. If needed, add remining 1/4-cup water, one tablespoon at a time to help mixture stay together when squeezed; shape into eight 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • In the same skillet, heat remaining 4 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add burgers in batches; cook until golden brown, 3-5 minutes on each side. Serve in wraps with Sriracha mayonnaise and toppings of your choice.

Test Kitchen tips
  • If the burger mixture is too dry and does not stick together 1- 2 tablespoons of water may be added to soften.
  • Your favorite garnish or sauce may be added, but traditional Turkish dishes are served with tomatoes, lettuce, onions and long raw green peppers.
  • These lentil burgers may be made ahead and refrigerated.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 burger: 434 calories, 23g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 780mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 16g fiber), 16g protein.
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