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Lentil-Spinach Burgers with Dipping Sauce


This is a fantastic vegetarian alternative to the classic meat burger. It’s just loaded with ingredients that are good for you. What’s more — it’s baked and not fried. The dipping sauce has just the right amount of zing to it.   Yields 12-14 burgers


Prepare the Lentils

1. Place lentils in a strainer. Rinse thoroughly under running water. Remove any rocks or dirt. Transfer to a small pot and add the water and bay leaf.
2. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a gentle simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Lentils are cooked as soon as they are tender and no longer crunchy. (Older lentils may take longer to cook.) Strain the lentils and remove the bay leaf. Set lentils aside.


This can be done a few days in advance.

Prepare the Burgers

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Prepare a baking sheet lined with Gefen Parchment and spray with cooking spray.
2. In a medium frying pan, sauté the onion and garlic in one and a half tablespoons olive oil for six minutes. Add one more tablespoon of olive oil, then the mushrooms. Cook for five minutes or until mushrooms release some of their moisture. Add spinach and cook one to two minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Remove from heat.
3. Place the cooked lentils in the bowl of a food processor, along with the mushroom-spinach mixture. Add eggs, seasoning, oats, and nuts. Pulse a few times. See if mixture holds together well, and if needed, add up to half a cup bread crumbs or quinoa flakes. Mix with a spoon, and then pulse again until well combined.
4. To form burgers, press mixture into a 1/3-cup greased measuring cup. Turn over onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over tops of burgers. Bake for 30 minutes.

Prepare the Sauce

1. In a small bowl, place all dipping sauce ingredients and whisk to combine. Serve with burgers.


Food and Prop Styling by Renee Muller

Photography by Chavi Feldman