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Siri's Mushroom and Lentil Veggie Burgers

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Siri Daly cooks up a healthy meal of veggie burgers and rutabaga fries
TODAY Show: Siri Daly cooks up a healthy meal of veggie burgers and rutabaga fries. -- February 17, 2016Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped finely by hand or in a food processor
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup cooked lentils
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 4 whole wheat buns, for serving
  • Dijon mustard, for serving
  • Arugula, for serving
  • Chef notes

    I AM SO PROUD OF THIS BURGER. It was a major experiment and it worked! I truly believe that both carnivores and vegetarians will love this recipe. Mushrooms paired with Worcestershire sauce tend to create a meaty flavor, and the lentils pack this burger with protein. It's very crispy on the outside, and the inside is juicy, rich and delicious. Served on a whole wheat bun with arugula, Dijon mustard and melty Provolone cheese (which I put on top at the very end of the cooking process), it's perfect. PERFECT. I'M SHOUTING AT YOU AGAIN.     

    Preparation

    In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onion and garlic and sauté until tender and the onions are translucent, about 7 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, remove from the heat and let cool briefly.

    Transfer the mushroom mixture to a large bowl. Add the lentils, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper to the bowl. Stir to combine.

    Form into four patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes. When ready to cook, in a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the burger patties and cook until crispy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the cheese, cover and cook for 1 minute. Serve each patty on a whole wheat bun with arugula and Dijon mustard.