I’ve got a little meatless barbecue for you today.
I am asked sometimes if I miss meat, since I don’t eat it anymore.
I always answer no, I don’t miss meat. I never loved it anyway.
If there is anything that I ever miss sometimes, maybe, it is bacon. I maybe (do) sometimes miss it. 🙂
I don’t miss meat, but what I do miss is barbecue sauce.
I mentioned it to Greg one day that I miss the taste of barbecue sauce. I haven’t had anything with the flavor since I have stopped eating meat. Other than barbecue chips, which I like, but don’t satisfy my craving.
I thought, why is meat the only thing we put barbecue sauce on? This needs to change!
So, one day, we were eating lentils. And Greg came up with the idea of making a barbecue lentil burger. I loved the idea and got to work right away.
At first we were thinking of it being filled with veggies, lentils and barbecue sauce. But, more and more I am loving super super simple and easy recipes.
These burgers are it. Super simple. Super barbecue-y. Super delicious. And completely meat-free.
There is nothing in them but lentils and barbecue sauce. And possibly breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs are up to you. Let me explain.
I made these once with equal parts barbecue sauce and breadcrumbs. I used 1/2 cup bbq sauce and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. The burgers were great and worked perfectly. The second time around, I tried leaving the breadcrumbs out. I had to refrigerate the burgers before they were ready to cook, just to stiffen them up a bit. They still worked out well, but were definitely a bit more messy. If you don’t mind refrigerating before cooking and you don’t mind a messier burger, try it without breadcrumbs. If you are in a hurry and want a burger that is more sturdy and together, add breadcrumbs. It’s up to you. Experiment. Find what works for you and what you like!
The toppings are kind of important too. These burgers would be good just plain — no bun and no toppings. They just taste good. But, they are awesome with a toasted bun, melted smoked cheddar, a big sliced tomato and caramelized onions. That is my suggestion. Try it!
- 1 cup uncooked lentils
- 2 1/2 cups liquid (water or broth + some white wine)
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, optional, read above for explanation
- Olive oil
- Smoked cheddar
- Sliced tomato
- Caramelized onions
- Rinse lentils well. Add to a saucepan with 2 1/2 cups of liquid (any mix of water, broth and wine).
- Cook for about 40 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed and lentils are soft.
- Add lentils to a bowl and let cool a bit.
- Mash lentils lightly with a potato masher or fork.
- Add the barbecue sauce and breadcrumbs (if using) and stir well.
- Add olive oil to a pan over medium heat.
- Once hot, add lentils to pan, made into patties.
- Cook about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown and heated through.
- Serve on toasted buns with smoked cheddar, sliced tomatoes and caramelized onions, or topping of choice.