Lentil Burgers ( / Cookies)

Word association game, here we go. What’s the first word that comes to mind when I say BURGER?


For me, it’s JUICY. Next, GRILL. After that, BUN. After that? I don’t know, maybe KING.

I should have known the Moosewood cookbook would throw me a curveball with their chapter on “burgers.” IF THEIR BURGERS CAN EVEN BE CALLED BURGERS. Because I’m pretty sure what I made last night should have its own chapter and that chapter should be called BURGERS THAT TASTE LIKE LENTIL COOKIES.

Does the below look like a cookie or what? I’m not really sure what I was expecting from a cookbook that “cooks for health” but the further down the recipe I got, the more disappointed I became with Monday night’s dinner. All the chopping of peppers and onions; all the pulsing of chickpeas and eggs; all the washing of dishes and cutting boards. All to show off a lentil burger dressed like a cookie? Are these honestly the dishes that excite vegetarians? I’m not saying these turned out bad, they didn’t. When I threw a “tester cookie” into our green leaf lettuce, pistachio, red pepper, red onion, and feta cheese salad, Michael took one bite and loved it. We may have even high-fived. But for me it was unsettling to have expected one thing and been given the other. Here’s how it went down.