Yellow Lentil Patties

You'll love this plant based burger.  It 's packed with flavor and browned with a gorgeous exterior.  Even kids go crazy for them.  Serve them on a bun, in pita bread or crumbled into a wrap.  My favorite way to serve lentil patties is atop guacamole with a scoop of mango salsa.  Be creative and don't wait until meatless Monday to enjoy these patties. 

Yellow Lentil Patties

Servings: 4-6 patties

1 cup yellow lentils

2 cups water

1 Tablespoon olive oil, extra for cooking patties

1 cup onion, diced

1 cup (packed) grated carrots

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 cup tomato paste

1. In a small sauce pan, bring the lentils and water to a boil.  Immediately reduce heat, cover and simmer until the water is absorbed, 15-20 minutes. Let sit until lentils have cooled enough to handle.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat.  Add the onions and sauté until translucent, 3-4 minutes.  Add carrots, salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin and cook until the carrots are wilted, 4-5 minutes.  Add tomato paste, stir well and cook until combined into a thick mixture, 2-3 minutes.  Let sit until mixture has cooled enough to handle.

3. In a medium size mixing bowl fold the lentils and carrot mixture just until combined.  Using your hands, form patties.

4. Working in batches, heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a skillet on medium heat.  Cook the patties until warm in the middle and browned on the outside, 3-5 minutes on each side. Serve as a burger, in pita bread, or simply atop guacamole with mango salsa.  

Do Ahead: Patties can be made ahead, wrapped individually and refrigerated for up to 3 days.  Patties can be cooked 30 minutes ahead.  Keep warm in a 300° oven until ready to serve.