You won’t need any other burgers in your life after you make this recipe. These burgers are delicious and hearty — real comfort food style. But the goodness does not stop there. They’re topped with creamy cauliflower purée and tangy red onion relish. Paired with all the fixings between two toasted buns, this might just be the best burger you’ll ever have in your life.

Walnut Lentil Burgers With Cauliflower Puree and Red Onion Relish [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Serves

4-6

Ingredients

For the Burgers:

  • 3/4 cups dried green lentils, boiled with 2 tablespoons vegetable stock (otherwise soak and boil according to package instructions).
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2/3 cup walnuts
  • 3 dates, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy flour

For the Red Onion Relish:

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins, finely chopped
  • 2 dates, finely chopped
  • 3 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Cauliflower/Broccoli Purée:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, divided into small florets
  • 1 small head of broccoli, divided into small florets
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons almond or soy milk
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Preparation

  1. Soak and boil the lentils with the vegetable stock (follow package instructions).
  2. Bring the oven to 325°F.
  3. Bring a pan to medium heat and add the red onion, garlic, thyme, oregano, walnuts, dates, salt, and water. Let it boil for three to four minutes, until the onions start to soften.
  4. Take the pan off the stove, add the soy flour and the boiled lentils and mix it all together using a hand blender. The consistency should be firm, but not too dry. Adjust with more water or more flour if needed.
  5. Place a cooking paper onto a baking tray. Shape burgers out of the lentil/walnut mix and place on the paper. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes (or until crusty on top).
  6. Now make the relish. Place the chopped onion, raisins, dates, sage leaves, salt and the water into a pot and bring to boil on low heat. Leave boiling until time to serve. Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.
  7. In the meantime, boil the broccoli and the cauliflower together with the vegetable stock for about three minutes. Then remove all water, add the salt and the milk and blend into a purée.
  8. Get the patties from the oven, the relish from the stove, and serve.
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