Fabulous Lemon Basil Millet Burgers


Lauren Volo


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup millet
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus a pinch for cooking millet
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 large romaine or Bibb lettuce leaves
  • Mango salsa, for serving


1. Make sauce: Combine raw cashews, 3/4 cup water, lemon juice, cumin, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Make burgers: Toast millet in 2 batches in a large, dry skillet over medium heat, stirring regularly, for 3 to 5 minutes. (Millet should smell nutty when done.) Transfer toasted millet to a bowl before adding second batch. Combine millet and 2 1/2 cups water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until millet is tender and even in color, 15 to 20 minutes. Toward end of cooking time, add a pinch of salt. Let cool. Combine flaxseeds and 3 Tbsp. water in a small bowl; let stand until mixture forms a gel, about 10 minutes. Mix well. Combine carrot, scallions, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Once millet is cool, add it to bowl along with flaxseed mixture and mix well. Using your hands, shape mixture into 6 burgers.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook burgers until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes per side. Serve warm over lettuce leaves with a dollop of mango salsa and a drizzle of Cumin Cashew Cream Sauce on top. Uncooked burgers will keep for up to 4 days in refrigerator or 1 month in freezer, stored between pieces of parchment in a sealed container.

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  • Yield: 6

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 261
Fat per serving: 12g
Saturated fat per serving: 7g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Fiber per serving: 5g
Protein per serving: 6g
Carbohydrates per serving: 36g
Sodium per serving: 263mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Calcium per serving: 40mg
Recipe adapted from Eating Clean. Copyright © 2016 by Amie Valpone.