Cauliflower Lentil Veggie Burger with Spicy Turmeric Aioli {Gluten-free + Dairy-free}

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Cauliflower Lentil Veggie Burger - Gluten-free + Dairy-free

There is nothing quite like a good comforting and satisfying veggie burger. I stopped eating store-bought veggie burgers a long time ago, after I realized what is in most of them – weird fillers, preservatives and other strange things that I am not even sure are food. I started rethinking buying them and I can’t tell you the last time I did. Making my own veggie burgers is something I really enjoy, I can create something unique and flavorful usually with whatever I have on hand.

Cauliflower Lentil Veggie Burger - Gluten-free + Dairy-free
I created these veggie burgers with some of the beautiful cauliflower we had in our CSA box. I was starting to get sick of roasted cauliflower and was looking for a new and creative ways to use up some of the many heads of cauliflower we had on hand. I started thinking about the amazing quality that cauliflower takes on when you steam it and puree it, like mashed potatoes. It’s so thick and I knew it would bind together and work well in a veggie burger.

Cauliflower Lentil Veggie Burger - Gluten-free + Dairy-free

I won’t lie and tell you this veggie burger is as good as “the real thing” or that it’s “meaty”. For me, veggie burgers aren’t meant to replace a beef burger, there really is no comparison to a good grass-fed beef burger, but – in my mind, a veggie burger is it’s own thing. A yummy comforting meal on it’s own.

Despite these yummy photos, I personally don’t love my veggie burgers on a roll, I prefer them in a lettuce wrap. I like the crunch of the fresh lettuce with the texture of the veggie burger. On a lettuce wrap, these are totally grain-free, by the way. But, my husband Mark enjoys his on a traditional hamburger roll and he always happily dresses it up traditionally with ketchup and mustard and enjoys is as much as one of his meaty burgers.

Cauliflower Lentil Veggie Burger - Gluten-free + Dairy-free

I generally enjoy these burgers straight out of the oven, but I find them to be exceptional when thrown on the grill, after they have been baked. I like mine with a little homemade aioli, my preference is a turmeric aioli made with some of our farm fresh eggs.

Cauliflower Lentil Veggie Burger - Gluten-free + Dairy-free

 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jen April 14, 2014 at 10:30 am

hi! these look yummy! DO you think that they would make good meatballs with roasted spaghetti squash???

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2 tastyyummies April 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Jen, that would be such a wonderful idea. I love it. I bet they would be great. They are a soft and delicate dough, so making the balls could be a bit tough, but it’s worth a shot.

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3 Chai a Cup of Life April 14, 2014 at 10:09 pm

It looks very tasty and there is a lot of great ingredients included. Will be bookmarking this!

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4 tastyyummies April 17, 2014 at 7:35 am

Thanks so much!!

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5 Carol April 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

These burgers look fabulous! I love the use of the sunflower seeds in this recipe too, what a great way to add texture and crunch. Yum!

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6 tastyyummies April 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

Thanks so much Carol!! The sunflower seeds really makes it. 😉

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7 Monica Fenech April 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Made these last night for tea, they are now my favorite lentil burgers
they had a great texture and crunch with the toasted seeds
served them with my home made sweet chilli sauce
YUM
Thanks for a wonderful recipe
Cheers from Australia
Monica

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8 tastyyummies April 17, 2014 at 7:37 am

Monica that amazing, I am so happy to hear they are now your favorite. I love it. It sounds amazing with the sweet chili sauce on top, too!! Thanks for the lovely comment and for reading.

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9 Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa April 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

This looks incredible! I never thought of using cauliflower in a veggie burger but I have some left over so now I know what I’ll be using it for 🙂

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10 tastyyummies April 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

Thanks Melissa. Yeh, I love what happens when you have an excess of something in the fridge or pantry, that’s when the best recipes are born. I hope you like these when you make them. Thanks for commenting 😉

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11 Lisa January 16, 2017 at 7:12 am

Can i use red lentils with this instead of the green and can i use 1/4 cup of sliced almonds or walnuts instead of the sunflower seeds? I would like to make these tonight for dinner

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