Yes, friends, you read the title of this recipe right, you really can make a tasty burger from lentil beans! This lentil burger recipe has been a crowd pleaser in my home with both vegetarians and meat eaters alike. This burger has tons of flavor, it a very healthy option compared to your typical burger, and can be dressed up with some fancy condiments and toppings to impress even the pickiest of eaters.
My mom always told me NOT to play with my food but as my journey into organic foods deepens, so does my passion for playing with recipes. With 5 children, I have varying tastes, likes, and dislikes around my dinner table. I cannot just toss something together and feed it to the kids. If it doesn’t taste good, they won’t eat. I also have to get the family past the fact that the majority of my recipes do not include meat. The flavors and textures really have to be there for a recipe to make the “family favorites” list. This recipe threw me off at first….I couldn’t get past the fact that the main ingredient was a bean that I was not a fan of and that it was so simple to make. As I started adding ingredients and tweaking the flavors, I found myself falling in love with possibilities of lentils!
Lentils are one of the oldest known consumed legumes and due to the popularity of the vegan lifestyle and “meatless Monday”, these nutritional powerhouses are making a HUGE comeback! Lentils are a great source of potassium, calcium, zinc, vitamin K, and niacin. They are also rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate, and iron. They are also very versatile and can be used in so many different ways. They really take on the flavor of the ingredients you add to them so feel free to experiment away!
Did you know that your traditional burger has about 20 grams of fat!
This light version has around 5 grams of fat and is packed with healthy protein.
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- ¾ cup lentils (cooked or from a can)
- ⅓ cup oatmeal
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- ½-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Real Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoons olive oil (or alternative like coconut)
- 1 large egg
- Start with lentils that are either canned or cooked.
- Place all ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until you like the consistency. I like mine a little chunky but if you prefer it to be smooth, keep pulsing. No food processor? No problem. Use a blender or mash by hand.
- Using your hands, form balls of the lentil burger mixture. Depending on the size of burgers you want, you can make anywhere from 4-6 burgers.
- In a heated skillet, drizzle in your prefered cooking oil and when heated, add your lentil burger balls.
- Allow the side on the skillet to get a little crispy then apply pressure to the top of the ball to make a more patty like shape.
- Flip the burger over and allow both sides to get a nice golden brown color.
- Serve just as you would a traditional burger!
Variations: There are many variations to this recipe and you can truly jazz them up in so many ways!
blend in rich feta cheese before grilling – a personal favorite.
Spinach can be added into the burger blend as a way to sneak your greens in!
Add chopped nuts for extra texture.
Add a tablespoon of tomato sauce and Italian veggies for a zesty pizza lentil burger.
Switch up the seasonings to fennel seed, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of maple syrup for a lentil breakfast sausage!
This pictured lentil burger is topped with grilled onions, peppers, creamy feta cheese, and has a drizzle of hot sauce. I served them on my homemade whole wheat jalapeno & cheddar buns. They were simply amazing! I hope that you will try this awesome lentil burger recipe and will experiment to create some fun and funky burgers. One thing I have learned is that Mom isn’t always right, it is a great idea to play with your food!
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