Lentil Panini Burgers are enticement with a twist. They are cooked in a panini press before being assembled as a sandwich or burger. My panini press does not get out enough and I need to remember it more often. It pressed and cooked these yummy patties, on both sides, all at the same time which deserves some love. Because of the thinness of the patty there is a lot of crispy texture. It is all so easy with assembly and cooking that there is plenty of time to make some sweets.
16 oz. (1 bag) cups brown lentils, rinsed
8 cups vegetable stock
5 garlic cloves, finely diced or pulsed in food processor
1 green chili, finely diced or pulsed in food processor
1/4 red onion, finely diced or pulsed in food processor
1 1/2 cups freshly made breadcrumbs
2 egg relacers mixed according to your package directions
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dried marjoram
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 Tablespoons olive oil
Put the rinsed lentils in a large saucepan and pour in the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to medium. Cook about 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Drain and put in a medium bowl to cool.
While the lentils are cooking make breadcrumbs out of the bagel. Break into large pieces and whir in the food processor about 15 seconds. Do it longer if you need the breadcrumbs to be finer.
Finely dice the veggies or do them in the food processor. My photo will help you see how fine I like to have the vegetables for the patties. You pulse them under a minute and I do the chili and onion together.
In a small bowl put in the egg replacers and water and stir until smooth.
Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and combine well.
Lightly oil the panini grill with the oil.
Turn on the grill to heat.
Roll the lentil mixture into a ball and flatten slightly like a burger. Place in the center of the hot, oiled panini grill. Press down the lid to help flatten out the burger and cook for about 8 minutes. Check because the panini presses do have different temperatures. Mine has only one. Cook all of the patties, oiling the grill in between when necessary.
At this point you can freeze the patties using one of the methods explained at http://veganinthefreezer.com/preparing-food-for-the-freezer/. They will also keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.
To prepare put the lentil on your favorite bread. In the photo I uses whole wheat rounds that are about 5" in diameter so these are big patties. Add lettuce, pickle spread and you favorite condiment.
TO PREPARE AFTER FREEZING:
Defrost in the refrigerator for about 4 hours. To heat you can zap them in microwave for about 30 seconds or heat quickly in a nonstick pan. All set and ready to eat.