Sweet Potato Lentil Veggie Burgers
Serves: about 10 burgers
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1½-2 cups (1/3 of the whole amount) cooked rice
  • 2 cups cooked lentils or other beans
  • 1 medium baked sweet potato - peeled
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon neutral coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion - chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • large pinch of dried of thyme (optional)
  • large pinch of dried marjoram (optional)
  • 2-3 cups spinach (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar + 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • ⅓ cup chia or flax meal
  • avocado - for serving
  • burger buns - for serving (optional)
  • sriracha or other hot sauce - for serving (optional)
  • shaved carrots - for serving (optional)
  • cilantro - for serving (optional)
  1. Grind the pumpkin seeds into a meal using a food processor. Transfer them to a large bowl.
  2. Add the rice, lentils, sweet potato, garlic, paprika, salt and freshly ground black pepper to a food processor.
  3. Warm the oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add onion, salt, red pepper flakes, thyme and marjoram, if using, and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the spinach, if using, and stir until wilted. Add the mixture to the food processor.
  4. Add the vinegar, tamari and chia/flax meal to the food processor. Pulse everything into a chunky mixture. Spoon the mixture into the bowl with the pumpkin seeds and mix well with a spoon. Let rest for 20 minutes to allow the chia/flax to gel. Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C).
  5. Prepare a parchment-paper baking sheet (you may need 2). Use a ½ cup measure to form burger patties and place the patties on the baking sheet. Slightly flatten the patties with a spoon. Bake for 15 minutes, until the underside is golden, flip and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until both sides are golden. Let cool and serve on buns with hot sauce (highly recommended), mashed avocado, shaved, carrots, cilantro and/or any other burger fixings of choice.
Recipe by Golubka Kitchen at https://golubkakitchen.com/plant-based-meal-plan-mini-rice/