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Delicious and healthy vegan veggie burger anyone? This vegan veggie burger is packed with protein and other good nutrients; easy and super quick to make.
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Good evening everyone in Tokyo and good morning to people in Europe!
It’s getting colder and colder in Tokyo and I imagine it’s even colder in Europe and NY city, so keep yourselves warm and cosy 🙂
Today’s recipe is great for those cold, tough days and is one of my absolute favourite recipes. Vegan veggie burger!
It’s vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and packed with protein and other good nutrients. I love having a burger on my sofa while watching my favourite shows on Netflix; what a nice way to spend time!
I have tried making veggie patties with different ingredients like soybeans, chickpeas, wheat gluten etc…
While all of them tasted wonderful with the unique texture that comes from each ingredient, so far I’m in LOVE with the veggie burger made with lentils!
Why lentils for this vegan veggie burger?
Lentil are such a versatile legume.
I often see people use it as meat substitute for bolognese sauce and in fact this recipe can be made into bolognese sauce too! So versatile isn’t it? I am creating a new recipe for that soon.
Also, for those who are TIRED of hearing “Where do you get your protein from?”, I am pleased to tell you that lentils are also a fantastic source of protein in a vegan diet!
1 cup of cooked lentils provides a WHOPPING 17g of protein. It is also a great source of iron and potassium too!
What does the lentil veggie patty taste like?
Another thing I like about using lentils in my vegan veggie patty is that it gives really nice texture and taste that is almost identical to a meat patty. So my family and friends couldn’t believe it was made from lentils!
Coconut oil in this veggie patty also takes an important part in this vegan veggie burger. It gives a nice juiciness and the combination of lentils and coconut oil is the BEST when it comes to veggie patty.
This veggie burger was sooooooo good, when I first tried this recipe I was saying to myself “OMG what have I just made, this totally tastes like a burger I used to eat but even BETTER!!”
How do you cook lentils?
Unlike other legumes, lentils don’t need pre-soaking. So you can cook them straight from the jar! This is one of the things I love about lentils because it shortens the time of the whole process.
Lentils also cook very quickly, about 20mins depending on the type of lentils you cook with. I used brown lentils which takes about 20-25mins to cook. That means if you already have boiling water ready it only takes 20 minutes to make the perfectly cooked lentils from the moment you pour them from the jar to your sauce pan. Hurray!
How to make the vegan veggie burger
This vegan veggie burger recipe only calls for 4 main ingredients.
Great for a quick burger lunch, or dinner if you fancy a quick and delicious meal, or you can add it on a salad to give more volume and nutrition!
Here are some tips to make this vegan veggie burger.
1. Use brown/green lentils
There are so many types of lentils and you may get confused with which one to procure for this recipe. Always go for brown or green lentils when making this vegan veggie burger. I recommend that you use brown lentils but green lentils do the job perfectly too!
This is because brown and green lentils have a thicker body and are chunkier than red lentils, and it is this texture which is ideal for making a veggie burger. Nobody likes a thin, flimsy burger do they?!
2. Cook your lentils with salt
Just like pasta, cook your lentils with salt so that it has a nice, light, salty flavour to it and you won’t need to add too much salt later in the mixing process!
Just add about 1-2 tsps of pink Himalayan salt and cook for 20-25 mins. Taste and adjust the amount of salt if needed.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is very important in this vegan veggie burger recipe! Let me explain why. Coconut oil contains GOOD, natural, saturated fat. Meat contains saturated fat too but this one is the BAD kind of saturated fat that gives you heart diseases and increases the likelihood of other nasty health problems for you.
However, this saturated fat is the key to that juiciness in a burger that everyone loves. So here’s to our coconut oil! To give the healthy and delicious juiciness without any nasty stuff.
4. Flax seed
Flax seed in this recipe works as the binder here. Because we are not using eggs to hold our veggie patty, flax seed works perfectly to hold the veggie patty together!
You will LOVE this vegan veggie burger because it’s:
– a burger (who doesn’t love them!)
– juicy and delicious
– egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free
– easy to make
– packed with protein
Want more recipes like this?
Try my other delicious recipes you might enjoy!
- Tomato Rosemary Focaccia Bread – vegan
- Pumpkin and Sweet potato soup – vegan & gluten-free
- Vegan Mozzarella cheese
Visit my savoury page for more delicious recipes!
Vegan Veggie Burger
What you will need:
- 1 cup (200g) lentils cooked with salt
- 1/2 cup (45g) rolled oats
- 2 tbsp coconut oil and a little more for frying
- 2 tbsp of ground flaxseed
- Pinch of salt and pepper
How to cook:
- Put all the ingredients in a food processor and process until it makes a firm dough. Don’t process too much, you want to leave it where you see little bits of lentils.
- Form patties with your hands.
- Grease a frying pan with coconut oil and bring to a medium heat.
- Cook the patties on each side for about 2-3 minutes. (Optionally) Add your vegan cheese after you have flipped to the other side of your burger to gently melt it onto the patty for an extra, soft, gooey, cheese texture.
- (Optionally) place both parts of your burger bun face down in the frying pan with your coconut oil to toast them for an added crisp. Mmm!
- Place your patties in you burger bun with your favourite greens, a slice of tomato, and vegan cheese slice. Personally I think a tiny slice of onion and some gherkins goes a long way here, but each to their own!
Please leave a comment and rate this recipe in the comment section below if you like this vegan veggie burger! Let me know and tag me @thechestnutbakery on Instagram too. Thank you for making my recipe, friends!
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Useful kitchen tools for this recipe
To mix everything, I use my KitchenAid food processor!
If you are looking for a good but not pricy food processor, This one is very affordable and do a really good job. I use this to ground nuts, make nut butters, cake fillings, pesto, basically you can make anything with this!
Mine is white like the one in the picture but they have a selection of colours to choose from, like red, green etc. so you can go for the one that suits your kitchen theme colour:)