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Curried Eggplant, Lentil, and Quinoa Burgers
These tender burgers are lightly curry-flavored but not spicy. To add heat to your burger, top it with a little Spicy Onion-Pepper Relish, below.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
- 1 large eggplant (*see Notes below)
- 1 cup cooked lentils
- 3/4 cup quinoa flakes or rolled oats (Chop old fashioned oats in food processor after measuring and before using.)
- 1/2 small onion minced
- 2 cloves garlic cloves minced or pressed
- 2 teaspoons potato starch, corn starch, or arrowroot
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika (spicy or mild)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar (or other sweetener, optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
Preheat oven to 425 F. Remove the top of the eggplant and cut it in half lengthwise. Place it cut-sides down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicon baking mat. Bake for 25 minutes or until the eggplant is completely sunken in and tender. Remove to a shallow dish and allow to cool completely. (You can do this even several days in advance and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.)
Once the eggplant is cool, discard any liquid that has accumulated and scrape the pulp from the peel. Place the pulp in a food processor and pulse a few times to make a coarse puree. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix very well and allow to stand at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Wet your hands and form eggplant mixture into patties about 3 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. (You can also form the burgers by spooning the mixture into the pan and using the back of a spoon to shape it into patties or by placing a ring mold into the pan and molding the mixture inside it.) Cook three or four at a time until well browned and then carefully flip over and brown the other side. Remove with a spatula and place each burger on a prepared baking sheet for oven baking or preheated air fryer basket.
Air Fryer Instructions
Preheat the air fryer to 400F. Place the browned burgers onto the hot air fryer basket and cook for 10-15 minutes, until cooked through. Exact time will depend on your air fryer.
Serve with traditional hamburger condiments or with Spicy Onion-Pepper Relish, below.
*After cooking, my eggplant provided about 1 1/2 cup or 10 ounces of pulp. If your eggplant is significantly larger, add more quinoa or oats and a little more starch.
One burger made with quinoa flakes is 2 points on Weight Watchers Freestyle program; made with oats, it’s 1 point.
Serving: 1burger | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 199mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g