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quantities for different serving sizes
It’s easy to increase or decrease this recipe. Just make sure your pan is large (or small) enough to hold the burgers. Or cook them in batches.
The hummus can be made at any stage. I think the burgers are best when hot from the pan, but you could cook ahead and reheat them if that works for you.
variations for dietary requirements & fun
sesame free – Make a lentil sauce by replacing the tahini with extra virgin olive oil. Or replace the tahini with almond or other nut butter.
vegetarian / vegan – Try the lentil burgers from this weeks recipes and serve with this hummus and peppers.
for fun – cook the burgers and serve with your usual favourite burger accompaniments.
too bland – Season with salt & pepper and lemon juice.
too salty - cooking burgers on a salt crust this way, you need to be careful not to add too much salt. Next time use less, for now try scraping off the salty outer crust. Also make sure you don’t add salt to the beef when forming the patties – there will be enough seasoning from the crust.
too dry – Stir a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into the hummus. Also next time try and use ground beef with a higher fat content.
hummus too runny – lentils are a lot softer than chickpeas so make sure you drain them well before using.
can’t find tahini? – Tahini is ground up sesame seeds and is usually found in the ‘health food’ section of the supermarket. You might need to go to a dedicated health food store to get it. In Australia it’s readily available in supermarkets or middle eastern grocery stores.
burgers burning – Cooking the burgers over a very high heat like this, you need to make sure they aren’t too thick, otherwise the middle won’t be cooked and the ourside will be burned.
burgers undercooked – Again its important to make sure you make your burger thin enough so it will cook in a few minutes. If you’re unsure whether they’re cooked enough or not, cut into the burgers with a knife to have a look. With practice you’ll learn when they’re done but for now the best way to know is to look!
Great on its own. A green salad makes a nice accompaniment. On cheat days serve with a side of home made chips (fries).
The hummus can be used everywhere but be careful because it can be easy to over indulge.
Hummus is great stored in the fridge for aweek or two. The burgers will keep in the fridge for a few days. Reheat gently in a pan before serving.
on stonesoup: cold oil potato chips [for cheat day!]
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beef burgers with lentil hummus
450g (1lb) ground (minced) beef
1 can lentils (400g / 14oz), drained
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons tahini
1 jar roasted red peppers (285g / 10oz)
1. Heat a frying pan on a very high heat. Shape the beef into 2 burger patties.
2. Sprinkle a scant teaspoon of salt over the base of the pan. Cook burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side.
3. Meanwhile, whizz lentils, lemon juice & tahini in a food processor. Taste. Season.
4. When the burgers are cooked, remove from the pan and add the drained peppers. Cook peppers for a minute or until just heated through.