lentil burgers

Falafel-Style Lentil Burgers with Feta Sauce

A flavorful and satisfying way to get your nutrients.

This recipe is based on Equinox Nutrition Pillar Two — Get Your Nutrients From Food Not Supplements — and was created by the culinary minds at the Tasting Table Test Kitchen.

Falafel-Style Lentil Burgers with Feta Sauce
Serves 4

Burger Ingredients:
⅔ c. black beluga lentils, rinsed
½ medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
4 c. water
½ small red onion, finely chopped
1 large egg
⅔ c. whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. sesame seeds
1 tbsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. dried marjoram
1 tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. ground sumac (optional)
1½ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Nonstick pan spray
Four 4-inch whole-wheat pitas or 2 large whole wheat pitas
1 vine-ripened tomato, cored and thinly sliced

Sauce Ingredients:
3 tbsp. crumbled feta cheese
½ c. plain low-fat yogurt
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Directions:
1. Make the burgers: In a medium saucepan, add the lentils, sweet potato and water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer until the lentils and potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and transfer the lentil mixture to a food processor.

2. To the lentil mixture, add the onion, egg, panko breadcrumbs, sesame seeds, cumin, marjoram, oregano, sumac (if using), salt and pepper. Pulse until coarsely chopped, about five 1-second pulses. Shape the mixture into four 4- to 4½-inch patties, each about ½ inch thick.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly coat the skillet with nonstick pan spray and add two of the lentil burgers. Cook until the burgers are browned, 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a large plate and repeat with the remaining patties.

4. Make the sauce: To a medium bowl, add the feta cheese, then use a fork to crumble it. Stir in the yogurt and mint.

5. Slice open each pita to create 2 round slices. Place a lentil burger on 4 bottom rounds and top each with some of the feta sauce and a few tomato slices. Top with the remaining pita rounds. Serve immediately.