Lentil Burgers with Tzatziki

Lentil Burgers with Tzatziki

(Adventures with Raw Milk is on break this week. I tried a cream cheese recipe twice that did not come out, so instead I’m going to write about a nice meal we had for dinner last week.)

Brandie is responsible for this great dinner. She wanted lentil burgers, she tracked down this recipe and she did most of the work. I’m just writing about it because I was lazy and didn’t have anything else prepared for this week.

We  used this recipe. We both love tzatziki and this particular recipe looked extra yummy, though we were lazy and bought tzatziki at the store. We left out the kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes because Brandie isn’t a fan of either. We used pita bread instead of a bun and garnished with avocados, shredded iceberg lettuce and tomatoes (for me). We had ceasar salad on the side and were joined by Brandie’s dad. A good time was had by all, and we enjoyed the burgers a lot. The recipe came out super well and I don’t think there are any changes we would need to make to have it again! There were even leftovers and we were able to have another batch two days later.

Lentil Burgers with Tzatziki
 
Recipe type: Burgers
Cuisine: Greek
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • ⅔ cup dried lentils
  • ⅔ cup (2½ ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup grated carrot
  • ⅓ cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup toasted wheat germ
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • cooking spray
  • pita bread
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tomato
  • store bought tzatziki (or make from recipe)
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté until tender.
  3. Add oregano, red pepper, and garlic. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring.
  4. Add broth and lentils and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer on reduced heat 35 minutes or until lentils are tender. Drain them and cool.
  6. Pulse lentil mixture, cheese, carrot, bread crumb, wheat germ, parsley and black pepper in food processor until coarsely ground.
  7. Divide lentil mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into a ½-inch-thick patty. You could use round feta container with plastic wrap like we did.
  8. Heat skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add patties, and cook for about 3 minutes each side or until has desired crispiness.
  9. Split pita bread and spread tzatziki in each half.
  10. Cut burger in half and insert into pita bread.
  11. Add lettuce, avocado and/or sliced tomatoes as desired.

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