This bunless burger is the perfect light yet filling dinner. We’ve subbed a bread bun for crunchy lettuce leaves, but with all the trimmings – beetroot relish, tomato and kumara fries – who knew a lentil 'burger' could taste so good?
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fine breadcrumbs(ContainsGlutenMay be presentPeanuts, Tree Nuts, Sesame, Milk, Soy)
feta cheese(ContainsMilkMay be presentTree Nuts)
chermoula spice blend
Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Slice the kumara (unpeeled) into 1cm fries. Place the kumara fries on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat, spread out in a single layer and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until tender.
While the kumara is baking, thinly slice the red onion. Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). Thinly slice the tomato. Grate the beetroot (unpeeled). TIP: To prevent stained fingers, pop on some gloves! Drain and rinse the lentils
In a medium saucepan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add the red onion and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until soft. Add the beetroot, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelised. Reduce the heat to medium and add the water. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 minutes, or until reduced. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until ready to serve.
While the beetroot relish is cooking, place the lentils in a medium bowl and coarsely mash using a potato masher or fork. Add the garlic, chermoula spice blend, fine breadcrumbs, egg, salt and crumble in the feta (see ingredients list). Stir until well combined. Using damp hands, shape the mixture into patties (you should get 2 patties per person). Place on a plate and refrigerate until ready to cook.
When the kumara has 10 minutes cook time remaining, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a medium frying pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the lentil patties for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden. TIP: To help the patties stay together, don't flip too early.
Place a few cos lettuce leaves on each plate and top with a lentil and feta patty, a dollop of garlic aioli, tomato slices, beetroot relish and another lettuce leaf. Serve with the kumara fries.