The lentil burgers in these Big Macs are so, so good! And I don’t mean so good for a meatless burger, I mean so good! Trust me, vegetarian or not, this is a serious burger – just look at the size of that thing! If you don’t like the Big Mac toppings, you can top them with anything you like. I’ve tried the following combinations: salsa & green leaf lettuce, guacamole & Bibb lettuce, mini Babybel and sliced tomato, and of course “the works” (or at least what I call the works) – the traditional ketchup/mustard/relish/minced onion with American cheese. All of these flavor combos are fabulous! (Yes, I’ve been on a lentil burger kick basically all week!) I like to make a large batch of these and individually wrap and freeze the leftovers. I may not ever buy premade veggie burgers again. ;)
Vegetarian Big Macs
(Yield: 2 servings)
1 c cooked lentils
½ small white onion, finely chopped
1 TB olive oil, divided
1 egg white
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce (optional; please note that if you add this, your burgers won’t be completely vegetarian because Worcestershire contains anchovies)
½ tsp garlic powder
3 TB breadcrumbs
Pinch salt and pepper
In a small pan, sauté the onion in 1 tsp of olive oil until the onion is slightly soft and translucent; allow it to cool slightly. Pulse the lentils and cooled onion in a food processor 5-10 times (there will still be some whole lentils). Transfer the lentil mixture to a bowl and gently mix in the rest of the ingredients. Allow the mixture to rest for 5-10 minutes; shape into 4 equal patties. In a medium nonstick skillet, preheat 2 tsp of olive oil; cook the patties for 5-10 minutes on the first side and 3-5 minutes on the second side (or until golden brown on both sides). Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Special Sauce (or for a similar taste result you can just use Russian/Thousand Island dressing):
1 TB low-fat mayo
1 TB ketchup
1 tsp dill relish
¼ tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp dried minced onion
Pinch salt and pepper
Mix together all ingredients for the special sauce and chill until ready to use.
4 lentil burgers
2 slices low-fat American cheese, cut in half
3 Arnold sandwich thins
½ small white onion, thinly sliced
4 baby dill pickles, thinly sliced
3 large leaves Romaine lettuce, shredded
To assemble a sandwich, layer the Big Mac in the following order: ½ Arnold thin, lettuce, onion, pickle, ½ slice of cheese, 1 burger, ½ Arnold thin, lettuce, onion, pickle, ½ slice of cheese, 1 burger, ~1 TB special sauce, ½ Arnold thin. Repeat this process to make the second sandwich.
Serve with apples thinly sliced to look like French fries.