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Fast & Easy Dinner: Veggie Burgers With Mint-Yogurt Sauce

Fast & Easy Dinner: Veggie Burgers With Mint-Yogurt Sauce

Over the holidays my girlfriend Elizabeth, who lives in Spain, came to visit me in San Francisco. While she was here, all she wanted to eat were veggie burgers — a dish that is sadly missing from Spanish cuisine. "You know," I said, "you could always make them!"

Although she's not the most advanced home cook, this recipe is simple, quick, and healthy. The patties are a mixture of ground lentils, mint, and scallions. A tangy yogurt sauce and carrot salad on the side give this meal a Mediterranean feel that's sure to please Elizabeth's meat-loving Spanish boyfriend.

To make this hearty burger tonight,

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Veggie Burgers With Mint-Yogurt Sauce

Veggie Burgers With Mint-Yogurt Sauce

Veggie Burgers With Mint-Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients

4 medium carrots
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 scallions, thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
5 whole-wheat hamburger buns
1 can (15 ounces) lentils, rinsed, drained, and patted dry
1 large egg
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 head Bibb lettuce

Directions

  1. In a food processor fitted with the shredding disk, shred carrots. Transfer to a medium bowl; toss with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil, and half the scallions. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. Wipe food processor clean, and fit with chopping blade. Process 1 bun until finely ground. Add lentils, egg, half the mint, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon pepper, and remaining scallions. Pulse just until combined.
  3. Dividing evenly, shape mixture into four 3 1/2-inch patties.
  4. In a large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium. Cook burgers until browned and firm, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  5. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, remaining mint, and remaining tablespoon lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place burgers on buns, and top with yogurt sauce and lettuce. Serve with carrot salad.

Serves 4.

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ashopaholic ashopaholic 7 years
I'm so making these. I think I will use dill instead of mint since I have a bunch in the fridge!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
This makes me wish I had a food processor! These look good!
nicolechristine nicolechristine 7 years
i tried this mint sauce on a whole wheat pita filled with turkey meatballs and cucumbers! i'll have to try it this way!
neonbee neonbee 7 years
The burgers I only eat are veggie burgers. Hehe. I will try this!
ajennilynrushhh ajennilynrushhh 7 years
ooh looks good! going to try this :)
soapbox soapbox 7 years
Mhmm, love veggie burgers! I would also skip the mint, but keep the yogurt ;)
SillyGirl SillyGirl 7 years
I have bene looking for a good veg burger recipe - ill give these a try
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I finally tried a veggie burger for the first time about a month ago, and those things aren't bad at all. I don't think I'd put any kind of yogurt on them though.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
These look so yum!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
These look so yum!
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
This looks so good! I'm up for mint in almost anything.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
oooh veggie burgers are soo right up my alley! i love that you've shared this and although i don't care for the mint yogurt - i'd totally go for it anyway!
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