Photo: Sarah Kramer
Fall in Love With Vegan
Big Ben's Lentil Burger.
My Mum used to make this recipe when we were kids. We called them Big Ben’s Burgers because my younger brother Ben was a miniature human garbage disposal with a big appetite. This was his favourite meal as a kid.
- ¾ cup wheat germ
- 2 cups cooked or canned lentils
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- ¼ cup onions, chopped
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
On a small plate, set aside 2 Tbsp. of wheat germ for coating.
In a medium bowl, mix together the wheat germ, lentils, bread crumbs, onions, oil, salt and pepper and mash together with a potato masher or your hands. Divide and shape into 4 patties like you’re making a snowball. Really pack the patties tightly together. Lay down each patty in reserved wheat germ, coating each side. Cook in a lightly oiled frying pan on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes, flipping occasionally.
Serve an all-vegan patty with special sauce, lettuce, vegan-cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame bun! YUM! Makes 4 patties.
Nutrition facts per serving (sans bun): Calories 387; Fat 13.2g; Carbs 53.3g; Protein 13.8g.
Sarah Kramer is author of several vegan cookbooks and the inspiration behind GoVegan.net. She lives in Victoria, B.C.