These look so delicious! A great addition to the menu for Meatless Monday this summer. Enjoy!
1 carrot, peeled
½ medium yellow or white onion
3 garlic cloves
2 cups cooked green or brown lentils
½ cup cooked chickpeas
2 large eggs
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
Handful fresh cilantro or parsley leaves, optional (not shown in pictures)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce, sriracha or other hot sauce
½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
*Oat flour (can be easily made from oats, see step 1) or flour of choice, for dusting
High quality vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil, for the pan
Avocado green harissa
1 medium to large avocado, pitted and sliced
1 cup lightly packed mint leaves (or parsley)
1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves and stems (or parsley)
3 jalapeños, seeded and coarsely chopped (save seeds if you want extra-spicy harissa)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
1 garlic clove
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 buns of choice (English muffins, hamburger buns, or flatbread), toasted
Add some crunch: dill pickles, quick-pickled red onions, or thinly sliced radishes or cucumbers
Greens, like arugula or spinach, optional
Tomato slices, optional
Whatever else strikes your fancy
*Before you get started, will you need oat flour? If so, blend up some oats in your food processor using the S-blade. Blend until the oats have a fine, flour-like texture. Transfer the oats to a bowl for later.
To make the burgers: Use your food processor’s grating blade to coarsely grate the carrot. Transfer the shredded carrot to a bowl for now. Remove the grating blade and switch to the S-blade. Cut the halved onion into a few slices before adding the onion and garlic cloves to the food processor. Pulse until the onions are roughly chopped, but no more.
Add to the food processor: towel-dried lentils and chickpeas, eggs, oats, handful of herbs (optional), all of the spices, salt and black pepper. Process only until the mixture has the consistency of a chunky hummus (err on the conservative side here). Stir in the grated carrot.
To prepare the burgers: Divide the lentil mixture into 6 portions and shape them into patties about 1-inch thick (if your mixture is unmanageably wet, stir in a couple tablespoons of oat flour first). Dust the patties lightly with flour on both sides.
To cook the burgers: Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, cook the veggie burgers in batches. Cook until the burgers are crispy on the bottoms and the mixture holds together, about 4½ to 5 minutes. Flip the burgers carefully with a spatula and continue cooking until the second sides are firm and brown, about 4½ to 5 more minutes. Transfer the burgers to a plate, then add more oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining burgers until they are all cooked through.
To make the avocado green harissa: First, clean out the bowl of your food processor. Then add all of the harissa ingredients to the food processor except for the olive oil. Turn on the food processor and drizzle in the olive oil while it’s running.
To assemble the burgers: Toast your buns, if you’d like. Top the lower bun with a veggie burger patty, then spread a generous amount of avocado green harissa on top. Top with crunchy condiments, greens, etc. and eat!