One of the most frustrating vegan meals to learn to make is a veggie burger that stays together. Over the years, I epically failed time and time again to make a veggie burger without oil I could not only cook but also pick up and eat without it crumbling. My lentil burger does all that and more.
Since that time, I've learned the secret, as well as a variety of veggie burger recipes I love and make often. In fact, if lentils and walnuts aren't your things, here are some burger recipes you may enjoy:
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT LENTIL BURGER THAT STAYS TOGETHER
If you are wondering the mystery behind a plant-based burger that says together, it's the combination of ingredients. Not only do you need the right balance of wet and dry ingredients, but you also need a binder, that keeps it all together through the cooking process.
For that reason, my lentil burger 'meat' is created in a food processor as well as adding ingredients once it's processed. As a result, lentil-walnut meat is the perfect consistency to cook.
WHAT INGREDIENTS GO IN THE FOOD PROCESSOR?
- Cooked Lentils
- Herb de Provence
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE ADDED TO THE LENTIL BURGER MEAT?
- Additional lentils
- More walnuts
- Bread Crumbs
- Flax Egg
Once the lentil burger meat is combined, it is the perfect consistency for forming the burger patties. Similar to all my burger recipes, I use a burger press, but you can use your hands if you prefer. Sometimes, I like to make small slider-sized lentil burgers instead. But, today, I'm making full-sized burgers for dinner.
When the burgers are formed, I place them on wax paper, cover, and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to flash freeze them. As a result, the burgers are less sticky and don't need any oil or spray for baking or air-frying.
Today, I decided to air-fry the burgers to get a crispy outside and soft inside. Recently, I tried air-frying my burgers and loved the results. But don't worry, I supply baking instructions as well.
HOW TO AIR-FRY LENTIL BURGERS FOR THE PERFECT BURGER RECIPE
Because my burger press makes fairly large burgers, I cook two burgers at a time. Baking the burger, however, takes longer than the air-fryer, but you can make more burgers at a time. So, decide which method works best for you.
- Air-fry at 400 degrees for 15 minutes (flipping halfway through)
- Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes (flipping halfway through)
Since I love Simple Rosemary Infused Pickled Red Onions and Tomato Jam, I added both to my lentil burger. Also, I love micro-greens, so I just couldn't resist adding some to the top. Then, I served the lentil burgers with Greek Potato Salad and a pickle spear.
The next time you are looking for an easy veggie burger that stays together and tastes great, try a lentil burger. You'll love every last bite!
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂