Thursday, 31 January 2013

Cheap meals: Lentil burgers

I'm currently doing a challenge to eat for £1 a day. Using my stash of value ingredients, I've been living on a few basic meals over and over again!

Luckily for me, Frugal in Derbyshire sent me a recipe for lentil burgers, which turned out to be the tastiest thing I've had all week!


50g split red lentils (I used 50g as I'm running low, but they would hold together better with 75g!)
300 ml stock
a carrot
a small onion (mine are super small!)
25g oats
10g baking fat (to fry)

Total cost =  26p (or 31p if you use 75g lentils).

How to (all credit to Frugal in Derbyshire):
  • Boil the lentils in the stock until they're mushy, then remove from the heat and drain.
  • Grate the carrot and finely chop the onion.
  • Mix the lentils, carrot, onion and oats in a bowl
  • Form the mixture into burger shapes (mine were about 1.5cm thick) and fry for around 3-4 minutes on each side.

These were some seriously nice burgers and made a great change from all the food-in-a-bowl I've been eating lately! Thanks for the recipe!


Wean said...

That's a nice quick burger recipe, I've got lentils of all kinds so will give that a go, but I'll fry the onion and carrot for a couple of minutes first to add a bit of extra flavour and possibly add a little grated cheese too.

Meanqueen said...

Good idea, thanks for passing it on. Reminds me I must be more inventive with food.

Pamela said...

I'm going to give this a try!

Moonwaves said...

Oooh, I like the sounds of those burgers. Must add them to my meal plan for the week after next (next week is already full to the brim with lots of soup). One of the soups I'm planning on making this week also calls for split red lentils but at some stage I got fed up of having multiple bags of different lentils and in a fit of frustration emptied them all into one big Tupperware container and decided not to be so picky about always having exactly the 'right' type. Grated carrot is something I always forget about as an ingredient and yet it's a great way to eat them - grated carrot with a few mandarin bits from a tin and a bit of the juice poured over used to be one of my favourite salads. Really must buy myself a tin of mandarins again soon.

GreenFlag said...

I have made them and named checked you on my blog.

Haven't eaten them yet, but I am sure they will taste delicious.