Dairy Free, Vegetarian Lentil Walnut Burgers with Steamed Broccoli and Tahini Sauce – A Good Source of Iron and Calcium

Veggie burgers are gaining in popularity all over with the vegetarian diet being a choice for many. My favorite was recently my sweet potato burger and l’ve been experimenting with a few others as well! This Walnut Lentil Burger is also a hit! Give it a go and consider topping it with avocado and some spicy sauce or a yogurt dressing such as tzatziki!

 

Lentil Walnut Burger:

4 1/2 cups of drained lentils

1 cup walnuts, chopped

2 eggs (You can substitute the eggs in this recipe with “flax eggs” which are a mix of 6 tbsp ground flax to 2 tbsp boiling water)

1 1/2 tsp oregano

2tsp cumin

2tsp mustard

12 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cup onion, diced

1 cup wheat germ (binder)

3/4 cup rice or soy milk

2tbsp olive oil

Salt/Pepper

Mix ingredients and form into patties. In a pan use a bit of olive oil to coat and cook each patty for 3-4minutes per side. Serve on a bun with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and your choice of garnish or get creative with hot sauces and guacamole!

Side- Steamed Broccoli with Tahini Sauce;

Tahini Sauce:

1 cup sesame paste (tahini) – preferably whole sesame
1 cup water
juice from 1 small lemon
1-2 cloves garlic
10 cilantro stalks
ΒΌ cup olive oil
2 tsp paprika
salt to taste

2 cups of steamed broccoli, drizzle tahini sauce on top to your liking.

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor. The consistency of tahini sauce can range from very thin and watery to quite thick. Adjust the amount of water to reach the desired texture.

This recipe is delicious and offers you non dairy and non meat options for iron and calcium as well as many other great nutrients! It’s also pretty simple to make! Enjoy!

And remember, you are what you eat! πŸ™‚