Lentil burgers are a tasty and inexpensive substitute for meat patties. You’ll be surprised by howsimilar the flavor is.
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- 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) brown lentils, drained and rinsed 1
- 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs 150 mL
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion 60 mL
- ¼ cup finely chopped celery 60 mL
- ½ tsp salt 2 mL
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 mL
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 5 mL
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
- ½ cup shredded Cheddar or Swiss cheese 125 mL
- In a large bowl, mash lentils. Stir in bread crumbs, onion, celery, salt, pepper, 1/3 cup (75 mL) waterand Worcestershire sauce until well blended. Form into five ¾-inch (2 cm) thick patties.
- In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook burgers for about 5 minutes per side or until browned onboth sides. Top each with cheese.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Canada’s 250 Essential Diabetes Recipes, Sharon Zeiler, RobertRose Inc., 2011, http://www.robertrose.ca
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