Meatless Monday Recipe: Vegetarian Lentil Burgers

Posted on November 18, 2013 by rebeccascritchfield

Another Happy Meatless Monday!

I wanted to share a healthful and delicious family friendly recipe everybody at your table will go crazy for: lentil burgers. These burgers are not only packed with savory flavor, but are an incredible source of fiber and protein that will leave your palate and stomach satisfied.

These burgers can also be fully prepared in advance and frozen, then reheated on the skillet for a quick and healthful meal any day of the week. If you’re going for the more classic burger vibe, serve them on a whole grain bun with sliced avocado and greens with baked sweet potato fries, or along side a plate of roasted vegetables.

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Lentil Burger
From:, Heidi Swanson
Makes 6 burgers


  • 3 cups cooked black lentils
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 C bread crumbs, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Combine the lentils, eggs, and salt in a food processor. Puree until the mixture is the consistency of a runny yet textured hummus, Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the onion. Add the breadcrumbs, stir, and let sit for a couple of minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. At this point, you should have a very moist mixture that you can easily form into patties. I err on the moist side here, because it makes for a nicely textured burger. You can always add more bread crumbs a bit at a time to firm up the dough if need be. Conversely, a bit of water or more egg can be used to moisten the batter.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium low, add patties, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms begin to brown. Turn up the heat if there is no browning after 10 minutes. Flip the patties and cook the second side for 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining patties.

Nutritional Information per serving

Calories: 262
Fat: 6.8 g
Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
Cholesterol: 124 mg
Sodium: 182 mg
Carbohydrate: 35 g
Fiber: 9 g
Sugar: 3.8 g
Protein: 15.7 g
Calcium: 74.6 mg

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