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Best Ever Lentil Burgers

What you need: 

1 cup red lentils
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1 teaspoon each cumin, coriander, chili flakes
1 teaspoon vegan stock powder
1/2 cup corn kernels
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion diced
1 carrot finely diced
salad and mango chutney to serve

What you do: 

Heat 1 tablespoon oil and sauté onion with spices until fragrant .
Add carrot, lentils, 2 cups water, stock powder and simmer for 25-30 minutes till water has evaporated.
Place lentils in bowl and cool 10 minutes.
Add 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs and corn and form into patties.
Roll in remaining bread crumbs and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat remaining tablespoon oil in a nonstick pan, and fry till golden each side.
Serve with salad and mango chutney! mmmmmm

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Update: I just made a triple batch of these to freeze so I have something quick to heat up in the oven on busy days. I find it annoying when people post recipe reviews on here that completely alter all the ingredients, but this recipe is so versatile and useful I can't help sharing my changes:

This time I made them I used half red lentils and half brown, to make the color darker. I also used shredded beets instead of most of the carrot, and added more of that than the recipe recommended because beets are so healthy! The beets also made the burgers darker. Again, I subbed celery for the corn. I also added lots of paprika and onion powder, and replaced some of the breadcrumbs with a Turkish breadcrumb mix for burgers that contained lots of cumin, coriander, curry powder, etc.

Question: I'd like to maybe try making these less dry by adding water and short grain brown rice or bulgur to the pot with the lentils. Anyone try this with better results?

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These were really easy to make, and I'm sure I'll be making them again. The only changes I made were adding minced garlic, and adding diced celery in when I sauteed the onion, because I'm picky about corn in things... Anyways, the mixture was really tasty but seemed less flavorful once the burgers were baked and put inside a bun. So I'd suggest really going to town on the spices and not worrying about adding too much. Also, next time I make these I may try using brown lentils instead, then mashing them once cooked. I love red lentils, but when cooked the burgers are kind of the same color as the whole wheat buns I was using, making their appearance less appetizing.

PS I baked them, and they held together very nicely. Didn't even need any oil, just put them right on the oven rack.

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These are awesome!
Instead of using stock powder though, I just used some liquid stock I had kicking around, and substituted that for water. I used 3 cups of stock, and I had to simmer it for a half an hour longer.
I also minced some cauliflower and broccoli stems and threw them in as well.

Delicious recipe!

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This recipe was okay; I had to make several changes to it, namely adding a clove of minced garlic and a teaspoon of salt because the lentil mixture tasted pretty bland before that.  I have consistently had trouble making homemade veggie burgers stay together when cooking them, and these were no exception.  Maybe I'll try baking them the next time.  That sounds like it might make them hold together better. 

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i guess amazon has all 3 flavors that they make.. they make vegetable, chicken, and mushroom flavored stock powder.. here is a pic and a link :)... i always used the chicken flavor, but i bet the other ones are really good too.. and they last a long time..

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41732W8G8ML._SS500_.jpg
http://www.amazon.com/Three-Bouillon-Mixes-Assorted-Cans/dp/B00019MN00/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=gourmet-food&qid=1207621868&sr=1-4

I just ordered these thanks to you!! All I can find at my local market is the dissolvable cubes and I am so sick of those and they are expensive, thanks!

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i guess amazon has all 3 flavors that they make.. they make vegetable, chicken, and mushroom flavored stock powder.. here is a pic and a link :)... i always used the chicken flavor, but i bet the other ones are really good too.. and they last a long time..

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41732W8G8ML._SS500_.jpg
http://www.amazon.com/Three-Bouillon-Mixes-Assorted-Cans/dp/B00019MN00/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=gourmet-food&qid=1207621868&sr=1-4

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Ralphs actually has a really good vegan chicken stock powder.. its in a little can type thing with a resealable plastic top and is in the asian/international foods section.. it has a bunch of chinese writing on it and a little chicken silhouette and i think it is yellow .. if i can find the brand ill post it here.. but for this recipe i just used 2 cups of broth instead of 2 cups of water plus 1 teaspoon of stock powder

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I know that they have different broth powders (veg, chicken, etc.) at our local organic market..I'm guessing that's what is meant. ?!

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Where can I find stock powder?

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hi! good burgers!

i made some changes since i didnt have breadcrumbs tho.. i used 1 cup cooked rice and 1 cup oats instead and i added a few garlic cloves too.. also, instead of frying them i baked them 

i baked them cuz i made a double recipe and froze the rest, and to reheat them i just fry them in a little oil.. so i guess its sorta like i fried them hehe :)

oh i used sprouted lentils too.. i like to sprout everything hehe

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