Lentil-Walnut Burgers

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Prep time: 40 Minutes

Total time: 40 Minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts cooled
  • 1/3 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup lentils cooked, drained, and cooled
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine walnuts, breadcrumbs, garlic, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; process until finely ground. Add lentils and 1 tablespoon oil; pulse until coarsely chopped (some lentils should remain whole).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk egg. Add lentil mixture; mix well. Divide into 4 equal-size parts; roll into balls, and flatten with the palm of your hand into 3/4-inch-thick patties.
  3. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add burgers; cook over medium-low heat until crisp and browned, turning gently with a thin-edged spatula, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
  4. Yogurt Cilantro Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, cilantro, and lemon; season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Info

Per serving (without sauce): 460 calories; 28.9 grams fat; 18.7 grams protein; 35 grams carbohydrates; 13.6 grams fiber
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