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Greek-Style Lentil Burgers

Chef Nicole Palitti tucks these burgers inside pitas with feta and tomatoes.

Ingredients: 

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Burgers

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½ cup dried lentils
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2 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for brushing patties
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1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
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½ red bell pepper, diced (½ cup)
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4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
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1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
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1 cup loosely packed parsley leaves
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½ cup pitted kalamata olives
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2 large eggs
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2 tsp. ground cumin
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1 tsp. ground coriander
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1 tsp. salt
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½ tsp. ground black pepper
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1 cup plain breadcrumbs
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¾ cup grated carrots
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½ tsp. baking powder

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Tzatziki Sauce

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2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
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1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, shredded, and drained
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
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1 tsp. lemon zest
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1 tsp. chopped fresh mint
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1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley

Instructions: 

1. To make Burgers: Cook lentils according to package directions. Drain.

2. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper, and sauté 7 minutes. Stir in garlic.

3. Blend chickpeas, parsley, olives, eggs, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper in food processor 2 minutes, or until smooth. Stir chickpea mixture, breadcrumbs, carrots, and baking powder into lentils. Shape into 8 patties. Layer patties between plastic wrap, and freeze.

4. To make Tzatziki Sauce: Combine all ingredients in small bowl.

5. Preheat grill to high. Brush frozen patties with oil, and cook 6 minutes on each side. Serve Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
262
Protein: 
11 g
Total Fat: 
10.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
Carbohydrates: 
31 g
Cholesterol: 
55 mg
Sodium: 
656 mg
Fiber: 
7 g
Sugar: 
5 g
Yield: 
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Any suggestions on ingredients to substitute for the chickpeas and breadcrumbs? Make it gluten free and people on Ayurveda diets who aren't supposed to have legumes/chick peas.

This was actually pretty good, but it did require a huge bowl to mix everything in. I also didn't have bread crumbs, so ended up using 1 cup of brown rice and added 2 T of dry hummus mix, and forgot the baking powder, and added a little goat cheese. It still worked fine, and didn't fall apart in the oven.

Made this without eggs and instead drizzled a little olive oil into the food processor. It did make them into patties, but once I put them in the pita, they smushed in. They were delicious though!

656 mg of sodium??? Is that a misprint???

What would be the best way to substitute the eggs to make this dish vegan?