Burgers are a timeless American classic. I’d venture to say most people enjoy at least the occasional burger. However, once I became vegan I could no longer eat the traditional beef, chicken, or turkey burgers.
Thankfully my mom owns a cookbook filled with vegan and vegetarian recipes. It’s a cookbook she’s owned most of my life, but only recently did I pay any attention to it. I’m glad I finally did! It is full of awesome recipes and one of the recipes in the book inspired the recipe I’ve created for y’all today!
The base of these vegan burgers are chickpeas and green lentils. Both are awesome complex carbs packed with loads of protein. They’re combined with cornmeal, flax eggs, onion, and bell pepper to create a delicious and filling patty. These patties are seasoned with thing like garlic and chili powder for a full taste with a little kick.
I used cornmeal in my recipe instead of bread crumbs so that it would be gluten-free. I have a friend with Celiac’s and I wanted to make something even he could enjoy. I used about 3/4 cup cornmeal in the place of two cups crumbled toasted bread like the original recipe calls for.
Another modification I made was using green bell pepper instead of red bell pepper. The taste is less sweet and, to me at least, a little fresher. I also like how the green pepper pairs well with the green lentils to create a nice mottled green patty.
Finally I replace the eggs in this recipe with flax eggs. Flax eggs are super easy to make! All you need is one tablespoon ground flax and three tablespoons warm water per egg. Stir for a couple minutes and then leave to thicken for ten to fifteen minutes. I left my flax eggs to thicken while I combined my lentils, cooked veggies, and corn meal in a large bowl.
When draining your canned chickpeas be sure to save the liquid from the can! This is called aquafaba and can be used (like flax eggs) in the place of traditional chicken eggs in baking. I like to use it is muffins and cookies. Don’t worry about your cookies tasting like chickpeas; I’ve baked cookies for my non-vegan friends using aquafaba and none of them have ever noted a difference in taste!
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