Za’tar Lentil and Mushroom Burgers

By Alexandra Caspero on September 2, 2016

Za’tar Lentil and Mushroom Vegetable Burgers! Spiced, protein packed burgers. Perfect for Labor Day weekend.  

Any fun plans for Labor Day? I think this is the first time in years that we aren’t traveling, and while I’m sure I’ll experience some type of beach-trip FOMO, I’m content with staying home to catch up on life. It’s been a busy summer and I could use a little down time to read all of the books I keep stacking on my nightstand, meal prep and relax.

One thing that will definitely be happening? A cookout. Even as long-time vegetarians, BL and I still relish a good cookout. I make the burgers, he fires up the grill for corn on the cob, zucchini and banana sundaes for dessert. After all this time, we know our roles.

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No surprise here that BL would happily eat frozen veggie burgers every day of his life, while I crave something more. I definitely experience flavor ADD, constantly needing new, new, new. Which, is good if you own a food blog, not so good if your husband craves meal consistency.

I haven’t been able to get za’tar seasoning out of my head; my mom and I talked about doing something with it when she was here a few weeks ago and the itch needed to be scratched. I also needed to make burgers for BL so… the idea was born.

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What I love most about these lentil burgers is that they hold their shape after cooking, which- if you’ve ever tried to make homemade veggie burgers- isn’t always a guarantee. I planned on making these vegan to fit everyone, but after trying a version with a flax-egg that crumbled after cooking, I went back to the real thing.

I remember seeing a recipe that used chickpea flour to help bind a meatloaf, which was so genius, I stole it for this. Regular flour, thanks to gluten, can create dense, rubbery veggie patties. Chickpea flour, which is gluten-free, binds in the same way, without the gluey texture. You can find it in the baking aisle or in the bulk-section of more stores.

Of course, you can substitute regular flour. I did to see if it would work and it does, thought I preferred the chickpea. Just, be careful not to overmix the batter.

To keep the za’tar flavor going, I made a quick mayo sauce with lemon juice, more za’tar and a minced garlic clove. Add a generous stack of fresh lettuce, heirloom tomatoes and a toasted bun and dinner is served. Round out the meal with melon ball skewers, red, white and blue potato salad, corn, mint and tomato salad, peach pie bars and watermelon lemonade.

Wishing you a wonderful Labor Day. xo

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Za'tar Lentil and Mushroom Vegetable Burgers! Spiced, protein packed burgers. Perfect for summer. | www.delishknowledge.com

Za’tar Lentil and Mushroom Burgers

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x
  • Category: burger, sandwich, vegetarian

Description

Za’tar Lentil and Mushroom Vegetable Burgers! Spiced, protein packed burgers.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x
  • Category: burger, sandwich, vegetarian
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x
  • Category: burger, sandwich, vegetarian
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup green or brown lentils
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon za’tar seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/41/2 cup chickpea flour (for gluten-free version, can sub regular flour, if needed)
  • salt/pepper
  • Za’tar mayo:
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zest
  • 1/3 cup mayo (can sub vegan mayo, if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon za’tar seasoning
  • salt/pepper
  • 4 buns (regular or gluten-free)
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 slices lettuce leaves

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the lentils and cook, ~15 minutes until tender. Drain thoroughly and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat, add 2 teaspoon of oil, the onion, mushrooms, garlic and spices. Cook until very soft, fragrant and browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool, and wipe out the pan.
  3. When the mushrooms have stopped steaming, whisk in the egg and cooked lentils. Add in the chickpea flour, 1/4 cup at a time to form a stiff batter. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the same pan that you cooked the mushrooms in over medium heat. Divide the burger batter into 4 patties and cook 3-4 minutes per side, until browned and crispy.
  5. Whisk together the ingredients for the za’tar mayo.
  6. Assemble the burgers! Place the mayo on the buns, top with lettuce, tomato and the burger.

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    1. Paige Thorne
      September 18, 2016 AT 1:25 pm

      Love this! Will give this a go soon! x

    2. Kathryn Doherty
      September 2, 2016 AT 6:00 pm

      I’m not vegetarian but I love and adore a veggie burger! Have them multiple times a week at least – can’t get enough! Love the seasonings on this one – so much flavor!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        September 6, 2016 AT 5:43 am

        Me too! Veggie burgers are one of my favorite meals, but I’m also a sucker for condiments! Anything I can load up, I love 🙂

    3. Alanna
      September 2, 2016 AT 12:57 pm

      I shared this recipe with a client at work today – hope she’s drooling as much as I am!!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        September 6, 2016 AT 5:43 am

        Thanks Alanna!

    4. Sara Haas RDN, LDN
      September 2, 2016 AT 12:41 pm

      Well you just make the best looking veggie burgers! I wish I lived next door so I could have one right now! 🙂

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        September 6, 2016 AT 5:43 am

        Thanks Sara- I wish we lived next door for so many reasons 🙂

    5. Lauren Grant
      September 2, 2016 AT 8:17 am

      Mmm love a good veggie burger! And the addition of za’atar, YUM!

    6. Eggplant & Olive
      September 2, 2016 AT 7:56 am

      I would never have thought of this flavor combination but I LOVE all of it–especially za’atar! I’ve been sprinkling it all over roasted summer vegetables lately and it is divine. I bet these burgers are delicious!

    7. Eggplant & Olive
      September 2, 2016 AT 7:56 am

      I would never have thought of this flavor combination but I LOVE all of it–especially za’atar! I’ve been sprinkling it all over roasted summer vegetables lately and it is divine. I bet these burgers are delicious!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        September 6, 2016 AT 5:44 am

        Me too! I can’t get enough of it. Roasted carrots and za’tar is divine! Hope you like these burgers.

    8. Serena Ball
      September 2, 2016 AT 5:48 am

      Not kidding: I was JUST looking at the giant unopened pkg of zatar (from Global Foods in Kirkwood!) in my pantry and wondering what to do with it. Now I know.

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        September 6, 2016 AT 5:45 am

        Love Global Foods! Hope you like these burgers

      2. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        September 6, 2016 AT 5:45 am

        Love Global Foods! Hope you like these burgers