Black Bean and Red Lentil Sliders with Avocado Arugula Pesto

I made my “burgers” slider size and served on top of frico (a cheese crisp) with a dollop of pesto. Mmm mmm mmm!!!!

Black Bean & Red Lentil Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup cooked red lentils
  • 1 small onion (finely diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots (squeezed to remove water)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 lime (zest & juice)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 6 tablespoons wheat germ
  • Avocado Arugula Pesto (see recipe below)

Note

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Directions

1. In a bowl big enough to hold all ingredients, coarsely mash black beans.
2. Add red lentils and squeezed carrots and mix well.
3. In a small saute pan, saute diced onions for 5 minutes (until translucent).
4. Add minced garlic and saute for 1 minute.
5. Add spices, Worchestershire sauce, tomato paste, lime zest and lime juice and saute for an additional minute to toast spices and tomato paste.
6. Add the sauteed mixture to the black bean mixture and stir to combine well.
7. Add the beaten eggs, the flax seed and wheat germ. Mix well.
8. Form into patties or sliders and place on a half-sheet pan that has either been sprayed with cooking spray or that is fitted with a non-stick mat.
9. Sprinkle the tops of the patties with a light dusting of bread crumbs and a drizzle of olive oil.
10. Bake in a 400 degree oven for approximately 12 minutes for sliders or 17 minutes for patties.
11. Top with a dollop of Avocado Arugula Pesto and serve.

Avocado Arugula Pesto

Meal type Condiment, Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 lime (zest & juice)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian pine nuts (toasted)

Note

Adapted from a recipe by Giada DiLaurentiis.

Directions

1. Place the flesh of the avocado and all other ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.
2. Process to a smooth consistency.

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