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Everyday Food's Chicken & Lentil Burger with my sping

Earlier this month my friend Stacey gave me the latest Everyday Food magazine. I paged through it and ripped out three different recipes that appealed to me.

Today, I'd like to share with you a recipe for Chicken and Lentil Burger. Of course I had to put my own spin on this by adding sundried tomato and goat cheese spread. Other than that, I pretty much followed Everyday Food's recipe, and it turned out great!

A few notes:
1. Although I almost always buy canned beans, I would never buy canned lentils. Lentils cook in about 20 minutes, and are so much better when you make them yourself. To get 2 cups of cooked lentils, start with about 3/4 to 1 cup of dry lentils.

2. Regular packages of ground chicken are usually one pound, and not 3/4 pound, as the recipe calls for, so I used the entire pound of ground chicken.

3. I also added more cilantro and used Sandwich Thins instead of English muffins.

4. I served this burger with Zesty & Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Sweet Potatoes.

Chicken and Lentil Burgers with Sundried Tomato & Goat Cheese Spread
Slightly adapted from Everyday Food Magazine recipe
makes 6 burgers

3 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoons cumin
1 pound ground chicken
2 cups cooked lentils
3 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs (I used challah)
1 large egg
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
8 sundried tomato halves
3 tablespoons goat cheese
6 Sandwich Thins

1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add onion and saute for about 7 minutes, until golden brown. Add cumin, and cook for another minute.
2. Transfer the onions to a bowl with ground chicken, lentils, breadcrumbs, egg, cilantro, salt & pepper. Combine.
3. Make 6 patties and cook them in the remaining oil for 4-5 minutes on each side.

4. In a food processor, puree sundried tomatoes with goat cheese.
5. Toast the buns and spread the bottom half with sundried tomato & goat cheese mixture. Add the chicken and lentil burger, lettuce, and top with the other half of the bun.

I really liked the flavor of these burgers. If you want to add a bit of heat, add a few chipotle in adobo sauce either to the spread or to the chicken/lentil mixture. These would also be good as meatballs.

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Hanukkah! Hope it brings small and big miracles into your lives. For those celebrating Christmas, have a great time with your family and friends.


MJ said...

This looks delicious! I'd serve with spinach and sweet potato fries on the side for a nutritious yet decadent dinner! WOW!

Jenna G. said...

Mmmm this looks fantastic! Want to try it.

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray said...

I tore this recipe out too, but haven't tried it yet. I didn't even notice that it called for canned lentils. Gross. The spread that you added sounds great!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

I also am planning on making leek/mushroom gratin from that issue…and maybe a pork roast with tomatoes. Gross re canned lentils indeed!

Stacey Viera said...

Sounds yummy. I want to try to make lentils now. Didn't know they cooked so quickly. Sounds as easy as making rice.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

it totally is! add some salt to the water for sure and maybe some spices/herbs, or even 1/4 of an onion.

Michele said...

Happy Hanukkah!! Thank you for this recipe. Perhaps the leftover latkes I have would go well with this burger..kind of like Jewish french fries.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

that's an excellent idea!

Sophie said...

Waw, Olga! What a superb tasty & juicy looking burger! I have never put lentils in a burger before! Now, that's going to change!! Another beautiful & appetizing creation of yours!

MMMMMMMMM,....A Happy belated Hannukah!!!

gallivantinggirl41 said...

This looks delicious, but I have to convince my husband it's edible. He's a "beef hamburger only" kind of guy. Thanks for the recipe.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

good luck!! It's definitely edible. Maybe start him out with a turkey or chicken burger and then add some lentils.