Lentils are known to bring those who eat them lots of prosperity so we thought this would be a nice holiday wish for all. Our tasting team loved the flavor of the burger combined with the aioli sauce and sesame seed bun, not to mention our extra crispy French fries. Enjoy!
2 cups water
3/4 cup dried red lentils
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup grated carrot
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups chopped mushrooms
1 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns
Arugula or curly lettuce leaves
6 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
6 (1/8-inch-thick) slices onion
Cook lentils and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes. Drain; set aside.
Over medium-high heat, add the onion, carrot, and 3 garlic cloves; sauté for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, mushrooms, thyme, and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates.
Place onion mixture in a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the lentils, breadcrumbs, and egg . Cover and chill 30 minutes (to help firm up the mixture).
Divide the lentil mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each portion into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Heat the vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add lentil patties, and cook for 5 minutes on each side.
Line the bottom half of each hamburger bun with an arugula or lettuce leaf, and top each bun half with a burger, 2 teaspoons of aioli, 1 tomato slice, 1 onion slice, and the top half of the bun.