Double Drive-Through Veggie Burger

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Makes 4

Burger and grilling season is officially upon us!

There’s just something about Memorial Day weekend that says big juicy double burgers.

We like beet burgers, black bean burgers, quinoa, burgers, and more, but our favorite for double burgers is this protein-packed version. Brown rice, lentils, and walnuts give these burgers a great flavor along with a structure that can hold up in a double-decker burger situation.

Because this weekend officially kicks off burger season, we’re definitely digging in to a Double Drive-Through Veggie Burger. Try it yourself with the recipe below.

 

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Ingredients

5 Tbsp canola oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

sea salt, to taste

freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 cup brown rice, cooked

1 15-oz. can cooked lentils, rinsed and drained

1 cup walnuts, toasted

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp dried basil

garnish

4 hamburger buns plus 4 bun bottoms, toasted

2 tomatoes, sliced

1/2 cup dill pickle chips

8 large lettuce leaves

1 red onion, sliced thinly

Ketchup, to taste

Mustard, to taste

Vegan Mayo, to taste

Sweet and Smokey BBQ Sauce, to taste

Prep

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.

Method

Add 2 tablespoons canola oil to the heated skillet.

Add the finely chopped onion and cook until lightly browned.

Add the minced garlic and cook until softened.

Season with sea salt.

Place the onion and garlic into a food processor.

Add the brown rice, lentils, walnuts, all-purpose flour, and dried basil to the food processor.

Pulse until the mixture begins to come together, with whole grains still visible.

Season the mixture with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Prepare

Using lightly oiled hands, press 1/3 cup of the mixture into a 1/2-inch thick patty.

Place the patty on a platter, and repeat the process for a total of 8 patties.

Wipe down the large non-stick skillet.

Heat the skillet of medium heat then add the remaining oil.

Arrange 4 burger patties in the heated pan and cook over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes.

Flip the patties, then cook until browned and heated through.

Place the cooked patties on a platter to rest.

Repeat the process with the remaining patties.

Assemble

To build your burgers, spread desired condiments (vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, etc) on 4 of the bun bottoms.

Place a patty on each bottom.

Top the patties with a leaf of lettuce, a slice of tomato, a slice of red onion, and dill pickles.

Top with the remaining bun bottoms, and repeat the process.

Place the final buns on top.

Notes + Serving Tips

Make the patties ahead of time and freeze for easy burger prep.

Top burgers with guacamole for an extra delicious treat.