Vegan Lentil Burgers with Grilled Vegetables

 

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I am back from my blog-free week just in time to throw in one of the last summer recipes for this season. The air is getting cold and crisp, and yesterday I even noticed a flock of geese flying south. I guess the transition from summer to autumn has begun, and I am delighted! Autumn is such a magical season, and after a hot and beautiful summer like we have had this year, I welcome it with open arms. But not just yet, however. I am holding on to summer a bit longer, because I still have a few summer recipes to share. What´s next, you might wonder? I guess you have probably already caught on, because the pictures leave little room for doubt, and Yeah! You are quite right….

It´s burger time, baby! I can`t possibly have a vegan blog without sharing my favorite ways to boost a BBQ plate. In the end I do have a little self-respect! I have been playing around with burger versions since I went vegetarian, and I have (almost) always been thrilled by the result. I even think the burgers are getting better at every try. Now, even meat-eaters (aka my family and friends) actually prefer my burger version over their regular meat – how cool is that?!

They are tasty. Packed with nutritious vegetables and protein-rich lentils, and are fairly easy to throw together. I do admit, they do require a bit more work than throwing hot dogs on the grill, but they are worth the extra time and effort, because they taste AMAZING! The veggie-skewers are the perfect addition to the meal. I use a simple marinade with the vegetables. It enhances the natural flavours of the vegetables and at the same time makes the dish a bit more exciting then if the veggies were on their own. BBQ-love big time!  

 

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The burgers are excellent served with grilled vegetables, or a fresh summer salad, and dressing or ketchup. I usually serve them without burger bread, but I must admit the breads add to the burger feeling. I decided to make the burger breads using the recipe for Mom`s Amazing Spelt Bread Rolls. When rolling them, I simply made them a bit more flat. Also, when serving, I added some guacamole between the burger and the bread. Very recommendable!!

 

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Vegan Lentil Burgers

About 7 burgers

 

1/2 cup (1,2 dl) red lentils

1 cup (2,5 dl) water

1 1/2 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp oats

1/2 tbsp chopped fresh red chili

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 spring onion, chopped

3/4 cup shredded carrot

1/2 cup (1,2 dl) chopped zucchini

1/2 cup (1,2 dl) walnuts, chopped

salt and pepper

1-2 tbsp of chopped fresh thyme

 

Start by rinsing the dry lentils in cold water. Boil the lentils in the water until the water is gone (about 10-15 minutes). Stir once in a while. While the lentils are boiling, add all the other ingredients in a bowl. You want to chop everything very fine. Add the lentils, and stir for about 1-2 minutes, until everything is sticking together. If the mass is too dry, add some olive oil, water or a bit more tahini. Form the dough into about 7 patties, and press them down in a frying pan with some olive oil. You want to fry them on each side until they are crisp and brown. I usually fry them on high heat for about 2 minutes, and then on lower heat for about 4-5 minutes on each side. They are now ready to be served. The burgers can be kept in the fridge for a few days, and reheated in foil on the grill or in the oven.

 

Marinated Veggie Skewers

Vegetable Suggestions

Bell pepper

Zucchini

Aubergine

Mushroom

Onion

 

Marinade

4 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

1/2 tsp chili powder

1 fresh red chili, chopped

2-3 tbsp lemon juice

Fresh basil (optional)

 

Make the marinade by adding all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Cut the vegetables in suitable pieces, and add to a large bowl. Pour over the marinade, and mix the vegetables and the marinade using your hands. Really try to shrub the vegetables with the marinade. Then, thread the vegetables onto the skewers and grill for a few minutes, rotating the skewers every now and then so the veggies don`t burn. Total time on the grill will probably be around 8-10 minutes.

12 Comments

  • Katrin - therawfoodsisters.com says:

    YUMMM! Vad gott. Vi har borjat ata lite lagad mat har i Ghana och dessa maste vi prova. Alskar linser och denna kombination later jatte smarrig. Njut av hostdagarna som ar pa ingang! Massa kramar fina du

    • thess says:

      Så herlig at dere synes det, disse er i alle fall supergode :) Tusen takk – jeg håper dere storkoser dere i Ghana! Stor klem <3

  • Koko says:

    This is great! Protein packed with those lentils, and I just love BBQ-ing veggies on kebabs. I’ve found that my family is starting to prefer for vegetarian options over their meaty ones, too- it’s the best!! I keep holding on to summer far longer than I probably should. I just love it. Maybe I need to move somewhere warmer all year round!!

    • thess says:

      That is so great! Spread the veggies :D I truly think many people would choose the veggie-burgers if they knew how good they are! Oh, I can relate to that, summer is an amazing time of year. I do like autumn though, it is so magical :)

  • Ragnhild says:

    Ååå, for en FEST!! Det ser såå godt ut! Virkelig; vegansk grillmat synes jeg alltid både ser og smaker mye mye bedre enn alt det andre som folk spiser. Så mye farger og smak!
    Det er trist at man kan kjenne at sommeren er over nå.. Men høsten er ganske så fantastisk den også. Så vi får bare glede oss til den :)
    Håper alt er bra med deg<3 Klem

    • thess says:

      Ja, helt enig! Vegansk grillmat er bare så godt!! Kan være jeg var litt tidlig ute med å annonsere høsten, de siste dagene har jo vært nydelige (selvom det er kaldere i luften:p) Uansett, høsten er en fantastisk årstid, så jeg bare gleder meg :D Ha en super dag med lillegutt og familien i Valdres :) Stor klem <3

  • Pappa Arne says:

    Having had the pleasure of eating these delicious vegan burgers more than once this summer I can wholeheartedly confirm that this is the preferred alternative for Burgers on the BBQ even for the meat eating members of the family

  • Marie says:

    Jeg fikk ikke med meg at du hadde posta et nytt innlegg! Linseburgere ja, det er DIGG! Jeg lager det faktisk veldig sjelden, men er utrolig glad i det. Det er bra du minner meg på at det må jeg lage igjen snart. Nå holder jeg på med å rense kroppen, og neste uke er det kun juice, så det blir ikke noe linser før om 2 uker :) Gleder meg til alle de spennende høstoppskriftene du kommer med fremmover :D Denne oppskrifta høres helt herlig ut -masse smak slik jeg liker det! Ha en fin dag!

    • thess says:

      Ja, det er så godt :) Og perfekt som grillmat, eller egentlig når som helst på året :D Oppskriften er så lettvin og grei, man kan jo sjonglere med ingrediensene om man mangler et og annet, og det blir alltid like godt :) Tusen takk, søte deg, ha en super kveld :) Klem :)

  • Patti Jagadamba Saar says:

    Happy Monday Therese!!!
    Finally I have got round to preparing a few of your amazing recipes. You sure have amazing color in all of them!
    Tonight I made the lentil burgers. They were awesome. I tried a bit of my own twist some kidney beans in there as well, oatbran instead of oats, a bit of chili powder and some cumin. (I had not red chili peppers).
    I also used tzatziki and really enjoyed. They are quite versatile – I may try them with cilantro in one day!!!
    I just love them & thank you so very much. Om shanti Om :) :) :)

    • thess says:

      Happy day, Patti :D It is so nice to hear from you, I hope you are doing well!! Thank you so much, it always makes me so happy to hear from people who have tried my recipes with success! The burgers are really versatile, you can blend in almost anything you´d like! I am sure cilantro will work excellent in these, and I can imagine tzatziki is the perfect side dish! Thank you so much for your comment -you are such a love spreader! Om shanti :D

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