Lentil & Mushroom Burger with Mushroom Bun

Who doesn't love a tasty burger. Try these lentil and mushroom burgers on a mushroom bun.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Burgers, Culinary Collection
Cuisine burgers, South African
Servings 4


For the Patties

  • 400 g white button mushrooms
  • 800 g tin brown lentils rinsed and drained
  • ½ cloves red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • olive oil

For the Avocado salsa

  • 1 large ripe tomato diced (or use a handful of colourful cherry tomatoes)
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 2 medium sized avocados
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves
  • ½ juice of lemon
  • freshly ground pink peppercorns to taste
  • salt to taste

For serving

  • 8 large portabello mushrooms
  • 2 large carrots peeled & peeled further into ribbons
  • 2 cups mixed lettuce
  • sesame seeds
  • Sweet potato fries & mayo


For the patty

  • Blitz mushrooms in a food processor until finely diced.
    Add mushrooms to a hot pan with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Cook out all of their water. Work in batches if necessary to not overcrowd the pan.
    Scrape mushrooms into a large bowl.
  • Add the lentils to the dry hot pan and toast them until dry.
    Add to the bowl of cooked mushrooms.
  • In the same pan add a fresh drizzle of olive oil and cook the onion until soft.
  • Add the garlic and paprika and cook for a minute until fragrant.
    Add to the bowl of mushrooms and lentils.
  • Add the flour, breadcrumbs and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Mix everything well together.
  • Mash some of the mixture against the side of the bowl. Keeping some of the lentils whole and some more mashed gives the patty great texture.
  • Divide the mixture into 4. The patties will be around 180g each.
  • Fry patties in a little drizzle of olive oil until golden brown on both sides.

For the salsa

  • Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and lightly mash together.
    Season well.

To serve

  • Place the 8 portabellos on a wire rack on top of a baking tray.
    Sprinkle with a little seasoning and roast for ± 7 minutes at 200˚C until tender.
  • Brush with a little BBQ sauce or any brown sauce to give them a glazed and shiny look.
  • Slice a little off 4 of the portobello “bottom buns” so they sit flat.
    Top with a generous pile of greens and carrot ribbons.
  • Place a lentil and mushroom patty on each one.
    Top with a generous amount of the avocado salsa and finish with the top portobello bun.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds for a burger effect and serve alongside some crunchy sweet potato fries.
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