Baked Olive Mushroom Lentil Burgers: Recipe #186

What happens when you mix mushrooms, lentils, kalamata olives, and some delicious spices? A nourishing and delicious veggie burger, much like our hearty meatless burgers and experimental garbanzo burgers. This recipe for lentil burgers comes from the legendary post-punk kitchen. Check it out!

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($6 total for 12 burger patties)

1 tbsp olive oil – $0.10
1 onion, diced – $0.50
1 package brown beech or other mushrooms – $2.69
4 cloves garlic, minced – $0.15
2 celery stalks, chopped – $0.10
1 tsp thyme – $0.28
1 tsp oregano – $0.28
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives – $0.60
1 1/4 cups cooked lentils – $0.65
2 tbsp soy sauce – $0.20
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar – $0.27
1-2 cups Hawaiian sweet roll breadcrumbs – free leftovers

Directions for Baked Olive Mushroom Lentil Burgers

1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions, garlic, mushroom, celery, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft and smell wonderful.

In a blender, grind up leftover bread into fine breadcrumbs, then pour the breadcrumbs out of the blender and set aside.

2. In the empty blender, add the stir-fried veggies, kalamata olives, lentil, soy sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Process until mostly smooth – a few chunks are ok. Remove from the blender and stir in the breadcrumbs, as much of it as you need to get a nice burger patty consistency.

3. Form the mixture with your hands into 6 or 12 burgers, depending on how thick you like them. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes, flip over, and bake for 12-15 more minutes until they’re nice and toasty brown. Serve on a bun like any other lentil burgers, or overtop some tasty leftovers like quinoa and stew.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness:  2 = decent meal
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 17/18

If any of you amazing cooks tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!