beka stays hungry : chicken and lentil burgers

And we’re back in the saddle again!

Sometimes success is a burnt well-done patty.

First homemade burger! Although it feels unAmerican to have my first homemade burger not feature cattle of some sort. But I’m really more of a white meat and legumes kind of gal. (And doesn’t that sound wildly attractive?)

Disclaimer: it looks more burnt than it actually was. For real.

I only made minor adjustments on this one: added green onions and made six patties instead of four. That’s all! Here’s the recipe from Everyday Food:

Chicken and Lentil Burgers

from Everyday Food, December 2011


  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced small
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
  • 3/4 pound ground chicken breast
  • 1 can (15 ounces) lentils, rinsed and drained, or 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 3 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted
  • Toppings (optional), such as lettuce, tomato, and ketchup


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook until lightly golden, 7 minutes. Add cumin and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and wipe out skillet with a paper towel. To bowl, add chicken, lentils, breadcrumbs, egg, cilantro, salt, and pepper. With your hands, mix until combined and form into 4 patties.
  2. In skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium. Add patties and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes, flipping once. Serve on muffins along with desired toppings.

And The Rating:

Difficulty: Fairly Easy (Burger making = mess. Burger frying = mystery.)

Preparation Time: Fairly Quick (See above.)

Dumpster Dinner, Not Bad, Good, Really Good, or Unbelievably Amazing: Really Good! The recipe says the cumin is optional…but it’s totally not. It’s essential to the flavor, and even with the cumin I wished for a bit more profound flavor profile.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5. I really liked these, but it wouldn’t be the first recipe I’d go back to when pondering what to make for dinner.


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