Lentil Patties or Meatless Burger

by Erica Dinho on September 22, 2012

Lentil Patties or Meatless Burger

Although I love meat, I don’t eat it as much as I would like. If you are a regular reader, you know that my husband doesn’t eat meat, so I am always making meatless dishes that meat eaters like me and my kids will love too.

I added avocado slices and pink sauce (salsa rosada) to the burgers and they were fantastic. I didn’t miss the meat, and my husband was happy! I made these lentil patties about a month ago and we all loved them, yet somehow I forgot about them until now, when I saw the recipe pictures on my computer. So, finally, here’s the recipe.

Buen provecho!

Lentil Patties or Meatless Burger



(About 6 patties)

    For the lentils

  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 whole onion
  • 1 canned chickpeas
  • ¼ cup onion, shredded
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil to cook the patties
  • For serving

  • Buns or pita bread
  • Avocado

Salsa Rosada

Lentil Patties or Meatless Burger


  1. Place the lentils and broth in a medium pot, bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes, adding more broth or water if necessary.
  2. Drain the lentils, discard the vegetables and set aside to cool. Meanwhile using a potato masher or a fork, puree the chickpeas.
  3. In a large bowl mix the chickpeas, onions, scallions, ground cumin and fresh cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Add the cooled lentils and mix well.
  4. Lentil Patties or Meatless Burger

  5. Make some patties and place on a plate lined with parchment paper. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  6. Place about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a frying pan. Fry the patties until golden on all sides. Serve warm.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa September 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I’m so trying to cut down on meat…and always looking for good ways to get lentils to stick together like this!


2 grace September 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

these look filling and delicious. the only thing missing for me is a few kernels of corn–i love it!


3 Jenn and Seth September 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM

such a delicious burger! looks so healthy and yummy!


4 ruth September 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Glad you remember to post it! They look fantastic and i need to experiment on the kids with these!


5 Chris September 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Believe it or not, I really like veggie burgers and yours sounds like one I need to try soon. Is that some corn in there too or is that just from the chickpeas. Either way, I like it.


6 Claudia September 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM

That is one mighty fine burger. I eat meat but do adore meatless burgers. Saving this for next week – it’s must-do.


7 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 25, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I can live with burgers like this ;-) It looks very tasty with avocado.


8 gloria September 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM

These look amazing Erica I love all with lentils look delicious!!


9 Eliana September 26, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Erica, I made these burgers yesterday for dinner and they were great. I served them with sesame bread and guacamole.


10 Erica September 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Thank you all for commenting and visiting this blog!


11 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Me encantan las lentejas…will keep in mind….


12 tigger01 March 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

just visiting…


13 Marc & Eliana June 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Made this last night and it was a hit! The first night we ate them as burgers with fresh local Florida avocado, salsa rosada, grilled veggies, and other fixin’s on whole wheat kaiser rolls. The next day for lunch we ate the patties on top of a baby arugula salad with the salsa rosada. Super tasty! The only problem I had was that the burgers didn’t hold together that well in the pan — you have to compact them really well and treat them gently when moving or flipping them. Que rico!


14 Marc September 12, 2013 at 5:26 PM

OK I made this a second time but I have a question.
The recipe doesn’t say when to add the carrots, garlic, and red bell pepper?


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