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There’s quite some good news over here!

  • A-Levels: Check!!!
  • Job in a vegan restaurant: Check!
  • First cooking video published: Check!!

I’m quite overwhelmed with all this, to be honest (Particularly with the first part), so I’d better let you and the cooking video alone. If you have a YouTube account, I’d truly appreciate if you liked the video or left a comment after you tried the recipe! I’m also happy about shares on facebook :)

Makes 8 burgers (serves 4 or less)

for the burger patties

  • 50 g fine oat flakes (1/2 cup)
  • 80 g beluga lentils (1/2 cup)
  • 40 brown lentils (1/4 cup)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • bread crumbs (optional)

for the burger buns

  • 200 ml luke warm water (1 cup)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 300 g spelt flour (2 2/3 cup)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • rapeseed or sunflower oil for frying
  • salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, ketchup, mustard… whatever you want

Soak the oat flakes in 200 ml water (1 cup).

Mix water, sugar and yeast in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and salt. Add the flour mixture and the oil to the liquid and stir with a spoon until possible, then knead until you have a shiny dough. Form to a ball and put it into a bowl. Cover and let stand for about one or two hours, until the dough has doubled its size.

Meanwhile wash the lentils. Cook them with 300 ml water (1 1/2 cups) for about 30 minutes, until they have absorbed the water. Add the rest of the flour and the salt to the flour-water mix and knead until you have a shiny dough that doesn’t stick. Place the dough into a bowl and let rise for about 30 minutes.

Chop the onion and the garlic clove. In a large pan, heat some olive oil and fry the onion, garlic clove, cumin and turmeric for 2 – 5 minutes. Add soy sauce and oats and season with salt and pepper. Add the mixture to the lentils and keep the pan. If the mixture is too sticky and you feel like you won’t be able to form patties, add some flour or breadcrumbs. The mixture must be almost impossible to stir with a spoon.

Meanwhile make the burger buns: Shape the dough into 8 small balls and form them into burgershaped balls. (Weird explanation, but I know you know what I mean.) Line a baking sheet with baking paper and place the burger shaped balls on it. Preheat the oven to 200° C (390° F) and bake the burgers for about 10 minutes.

Heat some oil in the pan and form patties out of the mass. Fry them until golden, about 2 minutes on each side, flip them, fry them on the other side and put them on on a plate.

Make your burgers – the best way is to slice all the vegetables beforehand and serve them plates so that your guests can help themselves and create their own burger.

You find the video here.

Enjoy. 

Vegan Lentil Burger

vegan burgers made by different people

Thanks to everyone who helped me improving the cooking video – here are pictures of some of the people who tried it out before it was online! :)

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