You can cut this recipe down if not needing to make as much. I did a 1 1/2 batch of the original. The original came from a book I have and enjoy called 366 delicious ways to cook rice, beans, and grains. I will say I did change the directions to saute everything before boiling just to add flavor. However, the original just tossed everything in a pot and boiled - feel free to do that if short on time.
yield - 6 servings (I made 8 patties and 1 tiny one, but it really did a good job of feeding my family of 6.)
- 3/4 cup dried green or brown lentils, rinsed
- 3/4 cup uncooked brown rice (I used basmati because I love that stuff.)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced (I had a very large onion. I used a bit over 1 cup in the burger and served the remainder as an optional topping)
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 teaspoons (1.5 Tablespoons) cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 3 3/4 cups water
Other optional ingredients
- chopped lettuce (I'm partial to romaine)
- chopped cucumber (I seed and chop)
- feta cheese
- olives (I used kalmata)
- tomatoes (I had some orange cherry tomatoes - sweet and yummy (and I didn't have to chop them.)
- Caesar dressing (I used the this recipe)
- pitas (I used this recipe -only I divided it in 8 not 9 - I liked that better. I also used a bit of dough I had left over in a bucket of 5 minute a day dough - don't worry it will be a future post - made great pitas.)
- Saute onion in olive oil until fragrant adding the carrot as it get chopped. Add garlic, then rice and lentils, then the cumin, coriander and salt. (Basically I chop my onion, then start cooking as I finish chopping and measuring.) Once everything is in, I really only saute it a few seconds to get everything coated. Add the water.
- Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently until rice and entils are tender and all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 40 minutes. (Took mine probably 45.) Drain in a colander to remove any excess liquid.
- Let cool slightly then puree in a food processor, blender, or my tool of choice this day - the immersion blender.
- Form into 3-4 inch patties and fry burgers on a medium hot fire in the grill, under the broiler, in a George foreman grill, or I did mine in a frying pan that has ridges so it looked grilled. Cook until browned and crisp o both sides (5-10 minutes per side depending on how high of a temperature you are using.)
- Serve in pitas topped with lettuce, cucumber, feta, onions, olives, tomatoes and/or Caesar dressing. I put all of these ingredients out on the table and told my kiddos they had to have lettuce, but then they could choose 2 other veggies plus feta and/ or dressing if desired. That worked great. For myself, I made my salad on my plate, tossed it with my dressing, then put as much as would fit in the pita with my burger, and ate the rest as a side. Worked wonderfully well.