Love burgers but not the bulk? Here’s a very simple, six-ingredient recipe for a hearty vegetarian burger from the Natural Standard that only has 112 calories per serving. Whip up one of these the next time you’re considering a fast food run.
- 3 cups cooked black lentils
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup toasted whole-grain bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Combine the lentils, salt and eggs into the food processor. Puree the mixture until it’s runny with chunks.
Next, transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in the onion and bread crumbs. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes. Note that the mixture should be moist–add a little more water if it’s not.
Form into 12 patties. Then, heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet over low-medium heat. Add 4 patties and cover.
Allow the patties to cook for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. Then flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
Remove from the skillet and place on a wire rack to cool.
Cook the remaining patties using the same process.
Only 112 calories, 17 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of fat, with 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein.