Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lentil Burgers with Vegan Gravy

With fall approaching, I have been craving warm, healthy whole foods. Recently, I decided to make an old favourite that I had long forgotten about: lentil burgers with vegan gravy.

These healthy burgers take some time and care to prepare, but they are lovely served with a nice, easy vegan gravy.

The recipe makes a large quantity. Feel free to freeze some of the burgers, uncooked, using layers of wax paper to separate them. Pull them out of the freezer on a busy day. Then, all you'll have to do is whip up some more quick gravy, fry the burgers and enjoy a healthy, fast meal.

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Lentil Burgers with Simple Vegan Gravy

by Joann MacDonald
Keywords: fry entree vegan vegetarian nut-free lentils fall summer winter spring

  • 2 cups dry brown lentils
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp miso, mixed with a small amount of warm water (or use soy sauce instead of miso)
  • 1 tsp dry parsley
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • tomato puree (enough to moisten)
For the gravy
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder or corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups cool water
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp tamari, Bragg's liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp veggie bouillon powder
In a large pot, cook lentils in 10 cups of water until tender, up to an hour. Drain.
In a large bowl, mix the warm lentils with the other ingredients.
Shape into burgers, using extra flour if needed.
Oil a large frying pan and heat to medium-hot.
Fry burgers for 10 to 12 minutes on each side, until browned.
The burgers will be delicate. Do not attempt to flip them until they have heated well on the first side. Add more oil if needed as you flip them.
For the gravy
Mix the arrowroot or corn starch thoroughly with the water in a small pot.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the gravy has thickened.
Keep for up to a week in the fridge.
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  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe, looks great! For some reason I've never loved veggie gravy, not sure if it's because I didn't grow up eating meat so the whole notion of gravy doesn't make sense or if it's the color or what... but maybe I'll give it another shot :)

    1. Interesting! I grew up eating meat and (meat) gravy, so I guess I like to have a veg alternative to gravy. I like the saltiness! :)

  2. I am a gravy fiend! Gravy, sauce, more gravy-- makes everything taste better lol. Love this recipe!

    1. I dump half the pot on my burgers, so I hear ya! :)

  3. Mmm, I really like lentils but have never had lentil burgers. They sound really good, as does the gravy!


    1. I love lentils too. I neglect the red kind though. I should try some more recipes with those.

  4. Meatloaf! Yum! Looks so is time for foods with gravy, isn't it? Angie xo

    1. I have seen recipes for lentil loaves too, but I have yet to make one. I should give that a try.

  5. Definitely going to try this, I've been craving lentil burgers lately but never seem to get the 'right' recipe!

    1. Please do give it a try and let me know how it goes.

  6. Yay! Thanks for sharing! I wanted this recipe :)

    1. No problem Ruthie. I know you would do it for me too. :)

  7. Yum! As always your recipes look delicious ;D

  8. Those burgers look delicious! I'll have to give them a try!