Lentil Burgers

During the summertime I love the concept of burgers, but veggie burgers are often expensive and don't taste great. I find myself frequently experimenting with homemade versions and this recipe is a winner. Relying on lentils, this vegan version is packed with protein, fiber, and flavor. The garlic ginger paste and nutritional yeast are the stars of the show, providing flavor that is usually absent in lentil based dishes. The burgers can be pan fried for a moist burger or baked for a drier consistency depending on texture preference. I served the burgers on top of kale with sunflower seeds and siracha sauce, but they would also be delicious sandwiched by a bun and slathered in condiments. The ingredients to make the nine burgers cost around $2 ($0.22/burger), which places this recipe firmly in the budget-friendly category. Merle also loved the burgers, making it a kid pleaser too.

Lentil Burgers
Makes 9 burgers 

8 oz lentil
1 cup matchstick carrots
1/2 onion
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp garlic ginger paste
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Place the dry lentils in a stock pot and fill with water until the lentils are covered with approximately two inches of water. Cover the pot with a lid and cook the lentils over medium heat for approximately thirty minutes or until the lentils are completely softened. Meanwhile dice the onion and chop the matchstick carrots. Once the lentils are cooked, purée them in a blender. Having a few lentils remaining whole is fine.

In a large bowl, combine the lentils, carrots, onion, and all remaining ingredients. Form into patties. Use one of two cooking methods: 1. Pan fry in oil on the stove, five to ten minutes per side 2. Brush each patty with oil and bake at 400 for fifteen minutes.


  1. I love veggie burgers but when buying them in the store (which is a tad $$$) I find that they are too spicy for me (wimp) or too bland. Here's hoping that this one is a winner for me. It sounds yummy - all except the sriracha sauce! Will let you know...

    1. This one is full of flavor, but without any heat. I hope you like it!