Meatless Wednesday: Smoked Cheddar And Lentil Burgers

Total Time
120 mins
Difficulty
Medium
Yield
8 servings

If we give up meat every Wednesday for a year it’s the equivalent, in terms of greenhouse gases and emissions, of not driving a car for an entire month. Not only does going meatless one day a week make a difference for our planet, it also makes a difference in people’s lives.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 teaspoons stone-ground mustard
  • 8 (2-ounce) whole wheat sandwich buns, toasted
  • 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
  • 2 cups trimmed arugula

 

Preparation

  1. Place first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until tender, then drain. Discard bay leaves. Place lentils in a large bowl; mash with a potato masher. Cool slightly.
  2. Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot, sauté 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add onion mixture, cheese, and next 8 ingredients (cheese through egg whites) to lentils; stir well to combine. Cover and chill 45 minutes. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
  4. Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add half of patties, and cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat procedure with remaining patties. Spread 1 teaspoon mustard on top half of each bun. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun, and top each serving with 1 tomato slice, 1/4 cup arugula, and top half of bun.

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