One of the best homemade veggie burgers I have ever made! This meal is adapted from a recipe I found online, I made it even healthier. I want you to understand how tasty and hearty this is. Lentil and Barley are fantastic for you and make a great source of fiber. It does involve some time to put together, but this is a recipe I would definitely entertain with. Everyone will love them and the fruit salsa adds bright flavors for the topping. Serve with lime wedges for added zest. To save time, you could buy your favorite salsa, just make sure it has fresh ingredients and is All-Natural. Also you could serve these burgers over a nice plate of mixed greens (no bun-for LOW-CARB) but they do make for a great, healthy burger!
1/4 cup finely chopped pineapple
1/4 cup finely chopped mango
1/4 cup finely chopped tomatillo
1/4 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 serrano chile, minced
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup dried lentils
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup grated carrot
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 cup cooked pearl barley, plain is great too
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), great alternative to normal breadcrumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1. To prepare salsa, combine first 6 ingredients; cover and refrigerate.
2. To prepare burgers, combine 1 1/2 cups water and lentils in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until lentils are tender. Drain. Place half of lentils in a large bowl. Place remaining lentils in a food processor; process until smooth. Add processed lentils to whole lentils in bowl.
3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot; sauté 6 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add tomato paste, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add onion mixture to lentils. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, barley, and next 5 ingredients (through egg); stir well. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
4. Divide mixture into 8 portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 patties; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and 4 patties. Serve with salsa.