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All-American Vegan Cheeseburgers

by Livestrong_Recipes  |  Sep 29, 2015

All-American Vegan Cheeseburgers
  1. PREP
  2. 20 m
  • COOK
  • 45 m
  • TOTAL
  • 1h 05m

Recipe and photo: Jackie Newgent, RDN: http://jackienewgent.com/

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 4

  • 2/3 cup Lentil, Dry
  • 1 1/3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Organic Ketchup
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium White Onion
  • 5 oz Baby Spinach
  • 2 cloves Garlic Clove
  • 1/3 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 sec All Natural Cooking Spray Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Vegan Gourmet Shreds Cheddar Cheese Alternative
  • 4 Whole Grain Hamburger Bun
  • 4 Red Onion Sliced
  • 1 medium Organic Beefsteak Tomato

DIRECTIONS

1 Add the lentils and broth to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and simmer until the lentils are well softened and liquid is fully absorbed, about 28 to 30 minutes. Transfer lentils to a medium mixing bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and the ketchup. Mash well with a potato masher.
2 Heat the oil in a large (PFOA-free) nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the white onion and remain¬ing 1 tablespoon lemon juice and sauté until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the spinach and garlic and sauté until the spinach is fully wilted, about 3 minutes.
3 Add the onion mixture, breadcrumbs, pepper, and salt to the lentil mixture and stir until evenly combined.
4 Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with recycled foil. Spritz the foil with cooking spray.
5 When cool enough to handle, firmly form the lentil mixture into 4 balls. Place onto the lined baking sheet and press using your fingertips to form patties, about 4½-inch diameter each. Spritz the top of each patty with cooking spray.
6 Broil until the patties are browned, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip over each patty and broil until browned, about 2 minutes. Top the patties with the vegan cheese (or sharp Cheddar cheese) and broil until the cheese melts, about 45 seconds. Let stand for a couple minutes to complete the cooking process.
7 Place the patties into the buns with the red onion and tomato. Serve with condiments of choice, such as natural ketchup and mustard, and additional fresh baby spinach, if desired.