While there is plenty of hummus and falafel and fuul (fava beans) and other such vegetarian-friendly food available here in Jordan, I can only depend on those staples so much before it gets boring. And unsurprisingly, there is almost no vegetarian community here (indeed, “vegetarian” is usually interpreted to mean “doesn’t eat beef”). While a lone restaurant here and there sells veggie burgers, there’s no frozen garden-burger variety available in supermarkets.
So, out of semi-desperation and semi-boredom and after stumbling upon this recipe from 101 Cookbooks, I decided to make my own burgers. I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, although having a food processor like the recipe dictates would have helped in keeping the mixture from separating while I was frying the patties. I added lemon zest and red and green peppers in addition to what the recipe asked for, which added some flavor as well as made the burgers more interesting-looking. Here’s what the mixture looked like before shaped into patties:
And somewhat messy, in the skillet:
The lentils and bread crumbs in the recipe make the burgers somewhat bready already (a rhyme!), so I probably won’t be eating them with buns but rather with a fork and knife, and of course all the condiments. All around a pretty good first try. My roommate is deathly ill with tonsilitis, so I think my next lentil-based recipe will be a soup with carrots and celery.