Let’s just get one thing straight. Veggie burgers in no way taste like hamburgers.
They resemble hamburgers, hence the name, but don’t try and fool your family into thinking their vegan burger is actually meat.
And if you do find a veggie burger that tastes like meat–I warn you, DO NOT EAT IT! Veggie burgers with chemical smells and tastes are just plain scary.
With that all said and done, let’s get down to business. These veggie burgers are by far the meatiest burgers I have ever made–as in meaty texture. They taste absolutely fabulous, and as with any good recipe, they were quick and easy to prepare.
LENTIL VEGGIE BURGERS
1 cup raw lentils2 cloves chopped garlic
1 chopped onion
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Old Fashioned oats
1/4 cup olive oil
Prepare the lentils by rinsing them and placing them in a pot with water to cover. Add 1 clove garlic and some salt. Bring to a boil and then let simmer until soft (about 30 minutes). Drain lentils.
Add lentils and remaining ingredients to the food processor and puree until it forms a thick mixture. Place mixture in the fridge for at least 10 minutes or overnight.
Heat a frying pan with olive oil on medium heat. Scoop spoonfuls of burger mixture into pan and let brown for a few minutes and flip to brown other side. Serve warm on bun with hamburger toppings of your choice or try the special sauce below.
VEGGIE BURGER SPECIAL SAUCE
1/4 cup plain yogurt (could try using veganaise or mayonaise)
1t red wine vinegar
1 clove chopped garlic
2T freshly chopped basil