I love lentils. Lentil soup is my favorite. But I wanted to try something a little different with them, so I thought this recipe would be perfect! I had read it a while back in an issue of Cooking Light, and I found it easily on their website. The aioli is delicious and garlicky! I also thought some onion rings would be just the right thing to finish these off.
First, combine water, lentils, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes. Drain; set aside.
Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and 3 garlic cloves; sauté for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, mushrooms, marjoram, and pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine; cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates.
Place onion mixture in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add the lentils, breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and egg whites. Cover and chill 30 minutes (to help firm up the mixture).
Divide the lentil mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each portion into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Heat the vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add lentil patties, and cook for 5 minutes on each side.
Line the bottom half of each hamburger bun with an arugula or lettuce leaf, and top each bun half with a burger, 2 teaspoons aioli, 1 onion ring, and the top half of the bun.
The burgers will be difficult to flip, they remain fairly soft, even after cooking, so just handle them with care. Once they are on the bun, they are great!
- 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup dried red lentils
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup finely diced carrot
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 cups chopped mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons Madeira (optional)
- 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 6 hamburger buns
- 6 lettuce leaves
- 6 onion rings
Adapted from Cooking Light