French Lentil Burger
by Keleigh May on March 13th, 2015

French Lentil Burgers

To prepare Lentils:
  • 1 cup lentils
  • a few leaves of fresh sage
  • 1 clove grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil)
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 1/4 cup + 1 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
For the Burgers
  • Cooked Lentils (cooled)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1-15 oz. can Great Northern Beans
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary (ground)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 1 clove grated garlic
  • 1/3-1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • brioche buns
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (or olive oil)
  • brie cheese 
  • arugula
  • fig butter

Wash and drain lentils. ​Melt butter in a stock pot with grated garlic and sage. Once butter has completely melted, mix in lentils and stir until lentils have browned slightly and absorbed the butter. Pour chicken broth and wine over and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover until lentils are cooked, about 30 minutes. 
Once lentils have cooked, puree them with 1 cup of either chicken or vegetable broth. 
Wash and drain canned beans. Puree with lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of rosemary, salt and pepper. 
Mix together lentils, beans, breadcrumbs, ground walnuts, grated garlic, onion powder, thyme, sage, salt and pepper. 
Form the mixture into evenly sized patties. Top with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt. 
Heat grapeseed oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, fry patties for 2-3 minutes per side. 
Once cooked, place patties on a paper towl lined plate to remove excess oil. 
Slice brioche buns in half and brush with melted butter. Place in the oven on high broil for about 2 minutes, making sure to keep an eye out (looking for lightly toasted). 
Spread each bun half with fig butter. Place the burger patty on the bun and top with brie cheese. Place in the oven and bake at 350 until brie has melted (about 2-4 minutes). 
Top with a handful of fresh arugula.

A meat-less burger that will make any carnivore believe they could be a vegetarian. 

Yes, I know that is a strong claim to make, but it's true! The first time I made lentils (about 3 weeks ago) I couldn't help but notice how hearty these delicious beans were. This got me thinking, "Maybe I could make a burger out of them?" We've all tried the traditional "southwestern blackbean/veggie burgers" but the lentil deserved something different, something fanicer, FRENCH! So, I combined classic french herbs and flavors in the beans, then added creamy French brie cheese, sweet and tangy fig butter, and crunchy and slighty spicy arugula all on a buttery flaky brioche bun. I invited some taste testers over (my sister, Rachel and her pals Dana and Chooks). The verdict? Joe who hates beans, all beans, said that if I hadn't told him it was a "bean burger" he would have thought it was meat (aka he thought it was delicious). Dana (who had never tried a veggie/bean burger before) thought it was amazing. Chooks said the fig butter was the star and requested I make them for an upcoming bridal shower I'm helping host. Rachel said it was the best burger she had eaten in a long time. She also said, "I am trying to eat this as slowly as I can to make it last longer." As for me, the picky eater? I was genuinely surprised how good this was. Most veggie burgers I've seen have big chunks of veggies or beans in them (a major no-no for me and my fellow picky eaters) but this was smooth and very similar to the texture of beef. The sweet and tangy fig butter pop in contrast with the hearty burger, the subtle and smooth brie cheese doesn't compete with the flavor of the burger, rather compliments it perfectly. I challenge all you meat eaters out there, try this burger and see what you think. Vegan, vegetarian or just looking for an original meatless burger? Guess what? Where there's a meal, there's a way!

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