'Meat's Too Expensive!' Vegetarian Burgers

'Meat's Too Expensive!' Vegetarian Burgers

by Jeffrey Castro 1 year ago
4 (4)
35 minutes
195.1 kcal
19.8 g carbs
Description

Veggie burgers with a kick! My husband and I are not vegetarians at all, but we're trying to cut down on the amount of chicken and meat we eat because it's so expensive. Lentils do the job here: super cheap, super easy, super tasty! Serve on big buns with tomato slices, onion, ketchup, and avocado instead of mayo!

Ingredients
  • water to cover
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green chile pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil, divided
Directions
  1. 1. Pour enough water into a pot that will cover lentils and wheat germ; bring to a boil. Add lentils and wheat germ, reduce heat, and simmer until lentils are tender, adding more water if needed, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pot from heat and cool slightly; mash lentil mixture until thick and lumpy.
  2. 2. Transfer mashed lentil mixture to a bowl. Mix onion, green bell pepper, mozzarella cheese, egg, green chile pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper into lentil mixture until thoroughly mixed; shape into 8 patties.
  3. 3. Heat about 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Lower heat to medium-high and cook 4 patties in the hot oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining oil and patties.
Nutrition Facts
serving: 8 servings
calories: 195.1 kcal
carbohydrates: 19.8 g
protein: 9.7 g
saturated fat: 1.8 g
cholesterol: 25.5 mg
sodium: 34.6 mg
fiber: 8.6 g
sugar: 1.2 g