Vegan Lentil Burgers & Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
These delicious lentil burgers are super-filling and pack a real meaty punch. Try the orange-infused cashew relish for extra flavour.
- 1/2 cup of green lentils (uncooked)
- 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 shallot
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 tsp oregano (dried)
- 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
- 75g raw unsalted cashew nuts
- Coconut spray (or Frylight)
- Optional: 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Optional: 1 orange (zest)
Soak 75g of cashew nuts in a bowl of boiling water for 1 hr to soften.
Add softened cashews to food processor or Nutribullet and add 1 tbsp of cashew milk (or soya milk). You can garnish with a small amount of orange zest or leave it as is, both are equally tasty! Blend into a relish and adjust zest as desired. If mixture is too thick, add in a little extra milk to loosen.
Prep fries by slicing sweet potato into large thin strips. Spray an oven tray in coconut spray (or Frylight) and evenly spread fries before spraying the top with coconut. Season with oregano, smoked paprika, black pepper and cayenne pepper (adjust according to your tastes) and ensure an even coating.
Add lentils to pot and cover with 1.5 cups cold water (or according to package instructions) and bring to the boil. Cook for 18 minutes.
While lentils are cooking, thinly dice the shallot and preheat oven to 200c
When lentils are 2 minutes away from being cooked, add 1 tbsp flaxseed meal and 2.5 tbsp cold water to a food processor and pulse. Let stand for 2 minutes.
Place the fries in the oven to cook for 30 minutes, turning at the halfway point.
Add lentils, chopped shallot, 1 tbsp tomato puree and 1 tsp oregano to food processor and pulse, scraping down the sides as needed. You want a nice firm mixture with the lentils intact – don't blend into a puree.
Remove from the processor and use your hands to mould into burger patties on a flat surface.
Heat a pan on medium heat with 1 tbsp olive oil.
Fries should now be around the halfway mark (15 mins), remove from oven and toss. Add a little more seasoning and spray with coconut oil before placing back in the oven.
Add burger patties to the hot pan and fry each side for 2-3 minutes. Prep another oven dish by oiling the base with coconut oil
Place burger patties in the oven dish and cook for 10 minutes alongside the fries.
In the meantime, slice two wholemeal burger buns, top with spinach and you're burger toppings of choice.
When the burgers are cooked, remove from oven and add to the buns, smother with the cashew relish and serve with the hot, spicy fries.
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