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Greek-Style Vegi Burgers

Perfect to bring to a BBQ or grill up for a quick nutritious burger at home! Very flavorful and healthy, full of protein, fiber and phytonutients! Make extras and freeze some individually wrapped in parchment paper so you will have your own vegi burgers ready to go.

1/2 cup dried lentils (you could buy the already cooked lentils @ Trader Joe’s use 1 cup)

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

1/2 red bell pepper, diced (1/2 cup)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 15oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 cup loosely packed parsley

1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

2 large eggs

2 tsp. ground cumin

1tsp. ground coriander

1tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1 cup cooked quinoa

3/4 cup grated carrots

1/2 tsp. baking powder

To make Burgers: Cook lentils according to package directions. Drain.

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper, and saute 7 minutes. Stir in garlic.

Blend chickpeas, parsley, olives, eggs, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper in food processor 2 minutes, or until smooth.

Stir chickpea mixture, quinoa and carrots into lentils. Shape into 8 patties or more small slider sizes. (can be frozen at this point)

Brush each side with olive oil, place on pan or on aluminum foil on outdoor grill cook 6 minutes each side.

Great toppings: Tahini sauce, spinach, sundried tomatoes, cucumber slices, pickles.

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