Lentil Burgers



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Lentil Burgers

  • Author: Challenge 22


This is a perfect and incredibly simple recipe for lentil burger patties, best served on a hamburger bun with your favorite sauces and fresh vegetables.
Did you know that legumes are a great source of protein, iron and zinc? One cup of cooked lentils has the same amount of iron as half a pound of chicken breast. Try Challenge 22 for more nutritional information and tips today!



  • 1 cup of green lentils
  • ½ cup of oatmeal (or breadcrumbs)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of parsley
  • ½ cup of flax seeds or ground walnuts (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini (or tomato paste)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • ½ teaspoon of salt (or 4 tablespoons of soy sauce)
  • ½ teaspoon of sweet paprika powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • Oil for frying


  1. Soak the lentils for 3 to 8 hours.
  2. Rinse well.
  3. Pulse all the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth and combined.
  4. Form the mixture into 5 balls, press them firmly into shape and then flatten them into patties.
  5. Fry your burgers in a tablespoon of oil for 5 minutes on each side. Alternatively, bake on baking paper at a medium heat for about 15 minutes on each side (it’s best to coat the burgers in a little oil first so they don’t dry out).


  • If you don’t have a food processor you can make these burgers using a hand-held blender or even a fork. In this case, cook the lentils for 15-30 minutes first.
  • Serve as a main meal alongside freshly cooked grains and vegetables, in a fresh vegetable wrap with ketchup, or simply with tomato sauce drizzled on top.
  • Instead of using lentils, you can make the burger patties using a cup of soy mince. Rehydrate it first by soaking in half a cup of boiling water until soft. For this method you don’t need a food processor at all. Just mix all of the other ingredients above with the soy mince until combined.
  • For another great, simple lentil meal idea see this lentils and tofu in tomato sauce recipe
  • Try adding a splash of the amazing tofu mayonnaise to the burger – you won’t regret it!
  • Photo by: Sigal Ben David

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