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Garlic Lentil Burgers

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I’m a fan of veggie burgers. Huge fan! There’s only one tiny problem… I’ve never made them before. I’ve always been a Morning Star Spicy Black Bean kinda gal. You know… just throw it in the microwave, slap it between a couple pieces of bread with some cheese, maybe some extra add ins… you know what I mean… right?

It wasn’t until I posted about Meat-free kid lunches that I thought about making my own. Ange mentioned she makes veggie burgers for her daughter all the time. I was intrigued.

I made it my mission to make some killer veggie burgers.

First thing you need is some cooked lentils. About three cups. If you don’t feel like cooking lentils, you can do what I did and buy the pre-steamed ones from Trader Joe’s. They do the job just fine.
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You also need some finely chopped onion…
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3 cloves of crushed garlic…
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Some chopped carrots… (I had a bag of shredded carrots in my fridge and used those, it makes things easy)
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You want to throw the eggs, lentils, salt, and pepper in a food processor and pulse away.
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Don’t pulse too much. You want the consistency to be like a chunky hummus. Plus it looks cool to see some chunks of lentils in the burger.
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Pour the lentil mixture in a large bowl. Add the carrots, onion, garlic, and bread crumbs.

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Mix it all up. The mixture is gonna be pretty moist, but you want it that way. This moisture makes for a nice textured burger.
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Heat heavy skillet at medium heat with a little olive oil. I used an ice cream scoop to make the portions consistent.
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Flatten the burgers with the back of a spoon or just use your hand like me.
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Cook for about 7-10 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
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I discovered there’s lots of ways you can eat this burger…

  • Between two pieces of bread (obviously)
  • On top of a salad
  • In a wrap
  • Inside an omelet
  • Eat it on its own
  • You can freeze them too.

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You could eat it like M and dip your entire hand in ketchup, grab a piece of burger, then stick your hand in your mouth. Its lots of fun to clean up!

I ate mine with some melted pepperjack and sliced avocado on top. It was delicious!

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Garlic Lentil Burgers (inspired by 101 cookbooks)

  • 3 cups cooked lentils
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (or whatever bread crumbs you like)

Directions:

Combine lentils, eggs, salt, & pepper in a food processor. Process until it has the texture of chunky hummus. You want to be able to still see some lentils. Pour the lentil mixture in a large bowl. Add the onions, carrots, garlic, and bread crumbs. Mix until combined. The mixture will be moist… you want it that way.

Heat a heavy pan at medium heat. Drizzle a little olive oil or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop the burger mix onto the skillet. I used an ice cream scoop. Cook for about 7 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Cool on wire wrack and enjoy!

18 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on October 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I think this is the weekend I need to try making my first non-meat burger!

  2. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on October 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

    These look great. I’d leave out the onions and garlic (because I’m a crazy picky eater) but I think they’d be much better than the frozen patties I get.

  3. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on October 8, 2010 at 8:27 am

    and now i know what i’m doing with the huge bag of lentils i have…and you know you had me at garlic 🙂

  4. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on October 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I have always had a huge affection for M, but dipping the whole hand in ketchup = we were meant to be best girlfriends 🙂 Love veggie burgers and these look phenomenal. I have some lentils hanging around, too. Thanks for the idea!

  5. Kat said on October 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I am making these asap!! They look amazing!!! Think I could sub half the eggs out for flax eggs?

  6. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on October 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

    They look perfect! Bean burgers are just the best creation ever! I love that you can make them so many ways and they work in so many different meals! M has the right idea. How funny would it be if that is how I chose to eat them at dinner? Kids get to have all the fun! Have a great weekend Estela!

  7. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said on October 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I love making veggie burgers but have never thought about a lentil burger before – this sounds great! Would you freeze the burger before or after you cook it?

  8. Angie said on October 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Beautiful recipe Estella!! The photos are fabulous! Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on October 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I am definitely making these! Did you use dry lentils or canned?

  10. Jaime said on October 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

    This recipe needs to be put in a magazine , as well as the pictures! Beautiful!

  11. Mo@MommyRD said on October 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Gosh, I make veggie burgers at least once a week and have never thought of making them with lentils. I’m going to try this today!

  12. Liz @ Tip Top Shape said on October 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    These look great and easy! I love a veggie burger on a salad. It’s actually my favorite way to eat them! Oh-and reading about your love of black bean burgers, you are probably already aware of the wonders of avocado on those but if you are not you MUST give it a try. It is so good!

  13. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on October 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Sounds delish 🙂

  14. Ameena said on October 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I really need to get a food processor…there are so many good veggie burger recipes out there that I wonder why I spend $6 for small 4 burgers at WF?

    Great recipe!

  15. chocolate freckles said on October 8, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Nice one!!! perfect for a veggie burger!!!

  16. lynn @ the actors diet said on October 8, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    great recipe! i want my hubby to start making veggie burgers.

  17. sophia said on October 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Obviously, burgers look AWESOME. I actually really love non-meat burgers, so long as they aren’t tasting like “meat” if you know what I mean.
    I’m also loving your cast iron skillet! Nice!

  18. Tahara said on October 10, 2010 at 12:36 am

    it never occurred to me to make a veggie burger – those look awesome (and I love the premade lentil part) – I think I have to try those some time! Maybe my little gal would like those some day too:)