Healthy Eating: Jamaican Lentil Burger

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Score per serving:
482 calories, 14 g fat (26% of calories), 2 g saturated fat, 74 g carbs, 15 g protein, 11 g fiber, 110 mg calcium, 5 mg iron, 770 mg sodium

1 teaspoon olive oil
½ large shallot, minced
1 ½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons sodium-free Jamaican Jerk spices, divided
Cayenne pepper to taste
Salt to taste
1 ½ cups cooked brown rice
1 ¼ cups cooked lentils
¼ carrot, shredded
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
¼ cup chopped parsley
½ tablespoon lime juiceCooking spray
8 slices seeded rye bread
½ cup light mayonnaise

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallot, ginger, and garlic, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Mix in 1 tablespoon Jamaican Jerk spice, cayenne pepper, and salt and continue cooking until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the rice, lentils, and carrot. Simmer on low heat until thick, about 6 minutes. Pour mixture into a bowl and add breadcrumbs, parsley, and lime juice. Mash together and then shape into four patties.

Heat a non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Saute patties for 3 minutes on each side. While patties are cooking, mix the mayonnaise and the remaining tablespoon Jamaican Jerk spice. Place each patty on top of a slice of bread. Spread a quarter of the mayonnaise mixture on the remaining slices of bread and place on top of patties.

Adapted from Café Manna3815 N. Brookfield Road, Brookfield, WI cafemanna.com

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