Lentil Veggie Burger Recipe: Filipino Style

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I don’t want to toot my own horn but I am becoming pretty excellent at making veggie burgers. Mainly because it is one of the easiest American foods for me to make here and because my host family likes them too (win for me!). I have been playing around with some recipes and decided to try a Filipino version using a local bean called munggos. They are similar to lentils and I love eating them in soup dishes here – they are so tasty. For a little Filipino flavor I have also added a little ginger and kalamansi/lime juice which are two ingredients used pretty frequently in Filipino dishes, along with onion and garlic. Veggie burgers are so simple to make and the ingredients used in this recipe are basic pantry/fridge items usually on hand (or at least easy to acquire).

Most recipes I have tried in the past have not worked out well and the burgers have not stayed together very much; however, these hold up remarkably. I have not tried them on a regular grill so I cannot attest to their ability to withstand such conditions, but in a skillet I have had pretty good results. The basics of the recipe are just beans, oatmeal, and egg – for everything else you can really add whatever ingredients sound best to you. I encourage you to experiment with various bean, spices, vegetables, and liquids. In the past I have added different items such as corn, tuna, basil, and so on. There really are so many possibilities for this simple recipe, just have fun and enjoy!

Serving Size: 5-7

Ingredients: 

1.5 Cups of munggo beans (lentils or any other bean can be substituted)

1/3 to 1/4 Cup of white onion (depending on preference)

3 to 4 Cloves of garlic

1.5 cups of instant oatmeal

1 Egg

1 Tb. of cumin

1.5 Tp. of salt

.5 Tp of black/cayenne pepper

.25 Tp. of ginger

2 Tp. of lime juice (3 kalamansi)

Olive oil (optional)

 

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Directions:

1. If using munggo or lentil beans they will need to cooked thoroughly on the stove and drained of any liquid once done cooking. If using canned beans make sure all liquid is drained before using.

2. Place the beans in a large bowl with a flat bottom and use the back of a fork to mash them together well (or place them in a food processor). Next you will combine the beans and the seasoning so you can taste and add to your liking.

3. You will then add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. If the mixture is too dry you can add a little more lime juice or olive oil and if it is too wet you can add more oatmeal. You want the texture to be similar to making regular burgers.

4. Now roll them into balls and flatten them into patties, this recipes makes 5-7 depending on the size you prefer.

5. Lastly, you will place a little oil in a skillet on low heat and cook the burgers for several minutes on each side until they are brown and crispy. Cover the pan while they are cooking to make sure the insides cook thoroughly.

5. For the extras we use tomatoes, and also combine regular mustard with a mystery hot sauce my host sister bought from someone. We have no idea what is in it but it is awesome.

6. Eat and enjoy!

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