¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves or flat leaf parsley leaves
4 whole grain hamburger buns or 8 butter lettuce leaves
Your favourite burger toppings
In a large frying pan warm 1 tsp oil over medium high heat. add onions and sauté until starting to caramelize, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Place tahini, cumin, smoked paprika (if using), salt, pepper, lentils and black beans in a food processor and pulse until beans are coarsely chopped and mixture is well combined.
Transfer to a bowl along with sautéed onions, carrots and cilantro and stir to combine. Divide and shape mixture into four patties.
Warm remaining 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook patties, in batches if necessary, until evenly browned and warmed through, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Divide cooked warm patties among hamburger buns or butter lettuce leave and top with desired toppings.
Tip: Stored in an airtight container between sheets of parchment paper these burgers freeze beautifully.