I wasn't sure how it would be received by the rest of the family. I knew Lawman would eat it and that the oldest of our girls would at least try it. I thought for sure the 12 year old would say, "Eewww, no way." Fortunately, everyone ate it (some even had 2 of them) and every one agreed that we could have them again.
1 c. dried lentils, sorted and washed
2 1/2 c. water
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 small onion, finally chopped
1/2 c. shredded carrot
1 c. uncooked quick-cooking oats
1 large egg
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 T whole wheat flour
2 T vegetable oil
8 hamburger buns
8 slices tomato
8 green leaf lettuce leaves
16 dill pickle slices
Combine lentils and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes. Cook uncovered, 10 minutes or until water is absorbed and lentils are tender.
Stir ketchup and next 7 ingredients into lentils. Shape into 8 patties; sprinkle with flour. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Pour 1 T. oil into a large skillet. Fry 4 patties over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 T oil and 4 patties.
Place a patty on bottom half of each bun; top with tomato, lettuce, and pickles; add top half of bun. Serve with mayonnaise or Thousand Island Dressing. 8 servings.
I included the recipe as it is written in The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. I made a few changes as I do with alot of recipes. I used barbeque sauce rather than ketchup and we wrapped the patties in red leaf lettuce rather than serving on buns.
To make the patties, I used a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop the mixture out and used the bottom of the measuring cup to flatten the patty a bit. I got 9 patties rather than 8 out of the recipe and they were the right size.