Lentil Burgers

These burgers are great on the grill and so hearty even the most devout carnivores will be singing the praises of the mighty lentil. The recipe features brown lentil patties spiced with red chili and thyme, topped with alfalfa sprouts and served on a seeded bun. This recipe comes to us from Trudy of Veggie num num.

Serves 8

For the lentil burger patties:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown lentils, rinsed and picked through
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 red chili, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, roughly chopped
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread, roughly diced
  • or
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly made breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

To complete the lentil burgers:

  • sliced cheese (dairy or non-dairy)
  • sweet sandwich pickles
  • relish
  • baby lettuce
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • avocado*
  • 8 buns, toasted

* Optional.

To make the lentil burger patties:

Place the lentils in a large saucepan with the stock and smashed garlic. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Drain off any excess liquid and set aside to cool.

Combine the chili, red onion, thyme and breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Add the cooked lentils and stir to mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the whisked eggs to the burger mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined, adding enough flour to bring the mixture together.

Form the mixture into large patties with your hands.

To complete the lentil burgers:

Prepare a large frying pan or barbecue grill pan with a light coating of vegetable oil or cooking spray. Try using a sheet of lightly oiled tin foil on the grill if you don’t have a grill pan.

Cook the lentil burger patties on the prepared pan for 4-5 minutes, flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes on the other side, or until both sides are golden and cooked through.

If using cheese, top the cooked burger patty with 1 slice of cheese and place under a medium grill or broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Build your burger by spreading the bun with relish topping with a patty, then pickles, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts and avocado, if using. Close the burger with the top bun and repeat the process with the remaining burgers.

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Nutrition Information

Lentil Burgers

Servings per Recipe: 8

Amount per Serving

Calories:  338

Calories from Fat:  42

Total Fat:  4.7g

Saturated Fat:  1.1g

Cholesterol:  52.8mg

Sodium:  615.1mg

Potassium:  509.5mg

Carbohydrates:  59.8g

Dietary Fiber:  14.1g

Protein:  16.8g

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