Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gluten-Free, Vegan Millet Burgers

I have very special plans tonight. Fancy schmancy plans, if you will. I have the perfect dress all picked out, I'll get my hair and makeup done, and oh yes, there will be a carriage ride through Central Park. It will be fabulous. I'll be the envy of every other woman in the land.

Okay, I'm lying. I'm going to my weekly Toastmaster's meeting to keep working on my itty bitty big fear of public speaking. But if I weren't, I would totally find a horse and carriage, and make this a special Valentine's Day. Just me, myself, my teddy bear, and the horse.

What? Jamie (my bear) is a very suitable date. Except he would probably rather stay home with Buttercup (my other bear). So it might just be me and the horse. Which I'm totally fine with.

And yes, Jamie is named after a certain James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, and I bought him in Scotland. (Just had to throw that in for those of you who know what I mean!)

After my fancy carriage ride, I'd make myself some millet burgers. This is of course part of my fantasy because I can't actually eat millet burgers right now while I'm on a grain-free diet. But I developed this recipe a while ago and never shared it with you, so I thought you might enjoy it today. While we're all eating chocolates (or wishing we were), here's a healthy dinner recipe to add to your arsenal. It's pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. And perfect for Valentine's Day. Or any day really.

Millet Burgers (Print-Friendly Option)
The millet in these burgers lends a sweet overtone, while the parsley gives it a fresh note. Enjoy with your favorite burger toppings. I love making my own avocado dressing and serving it over a bed of greens.

½ cup uncooked lentils

½ cup uncooked millet
1 carrot, chopped
1/4 cup packed fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro 
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
Sea salt to taste
1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil


  1. Bring millet and 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook with top on until water is fully cooked down (20-30 minutes).
  2. In a separate pot, bring lentils and 1 cup of water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until water is fully cooked down (about 15 minutes). 
  3. While lentils and millet are simmering, chop the carrot. Place the carrot, parsley, cilantro, and sunflower seeds in a food processor.
  4. Once lentils are done cooking, add to food processor. Pulse a few times, until mixture is lumpy but not completely pureed. Once millet is done cooking, stir lentil mixture into the millet. Add sea salt to taste. Form carefully into 6 patties (I'm told this is a bit of an art form, but mind held together well). 
  5. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add ghee or coconut oil, and cook burgers until browned, a few minutes per side. Serve hot. 
Makes 6 burgers

Sending you a very Happy Valentine's Day, filled with virtual chocolates and carriage rides galore!


Melaina said...

These look great but I'm wondering if you have a suggestion for substituting the lentils? They don't greatly agree with my stomach... Also, I just happen to have at least 1 cup of cooked millet in my refrigerator.. think that could be used rather than the uncooked millet? LOVE YOUR RECIPES! Happy Valentine's Day!

Iris said...

Melaina, you can use any type of bean you want... and you can definitely use cooked millet. Just play around with the amount of water you need to hold the beans and millet together. If you can have eggs, you can try an egg instead.

Melaina said...

Great thanks! I think I might make these for lunch today... ;-)

Ellen said...

Iris - I so love the idea of combining millet and lentils. What a great source of protein these little beauties are. I'll definitely have to give them a try. One can't have too many pairs of shoes, too many purses, or too many veggie burger recipes:).

Anney E.J. Ryan said...

I've heard that millet can bother tums sometimes. Ever have that prob? I've noticed it, especially with cereals. Either way, I love the simplicity of this recipe. Millet has such a corny sweet flavor. Even if it does bug me sometimes, I'd still rock it! :-)

Iris said...

The bites that I tried bothered me, but since everything does these days, I didn't think much of it. You can really use any grain in these. This was a spin off of my quinoa burgers from last year. :)

Travis Ehrenstrom said...

Although I'm sorry to hear about your bad V-Day, I must thank you so much for this recipe. So yummy! I've been trying to find a great veggie patty recipe and this one is the best yet!


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