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Salt-crusted burgers with lentil hummus

Salt-crusted Burgers with Lentil Hummus and Roasted Red Peppers

adapted from: Jules at the Stone Soup

Ingredients:

1lb Ground Beef

½ cup Dried Lentils, rinsed

4 Tbsp Lemon Juice

2 cloves Garlic, peeled and smashed

4 Tbsp Tahini

1 Jar Roasted Red Peppers (10Oz)


Directions:

1. Put drained lentils into a saucepan, cover with about 2" of water and bring to a boil over high heat.  Turn the heat down to medium/med high and simmer for 20 minutes or until very tender. 

2. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan on a very high heat. Sprinkle a scant teaspoon of salt over the base of the pan, concentrating the salt under where you will place your burgers.

3.  Shape the beef into 2 burger patties (the thinner they are, the faster they will cook).   Cook burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side.  This will cook them to medium rare, leave on for longer if you want them a little less pink in the middle.

4.  While the burgers are cooking, blend lentils, lemon juice, garlic and tahini in a food processor or blender until smooth. Taste. Season.

5. When the burgers are cooked, remove from the pan to let rest and add the drained peppers. Cook peppers for a minute or until just heated through.

6. Serve burgers on a scoop of hummus and top with peppers.  Enjoy!

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