06/06/2012 12:12 EDT | Updated 08/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Hearty and delicious lentil burgers a combination of grains and legumes

This burger not only contains lots of complementary vegetable protein from its combination of grains and legumes, but its meaty texture is hearty and delicious.

Lentil Burgers

30 ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

250 g (1/2 lb) fresh mushrooms, sliced

4 cloves garlic, chopped

500 ml (2 cups) cooked lentils

250 ml (1 cup) breadcrumbs

125 ml (1/2 cup) peanut or almond butter

30 ml (2 tbsp) miso paste

30 ml (2 tbsp) soy sauce

30 ml (2 tbsp) dried thyme

50 ml (1/4 cup) chia seeds

500 ml (2 cups) grated sweet potato

In a skillet over medium-high heat, place oil. Toss in onion, mushrooms and garlic and saute until browned, about 10 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a food processor. Add remaining ingredients except sweet potato. Puree until smoothly combined. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in sweet potato. Let mixture rest for 10 minutes.

Using your hands, shape mixture into evenly formed patties. They may be cooked immediately, refrigerated for a few days or frozen for 1 month.

When it is time to cook, you can fry them in a lightly oiled saute pan, sear them on a griddle or outdoor grill or bake in a 200 C (400 F) oven 15 to 20 minutes.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Source: Pulse Canada.