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Lentil Burger on a Bun with Toppings and Water Glass in the Background
Zesty Lentil Burgers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

These savory lentil burgers are healthy, packed with flavor, and super easy to make! Pair them up with your favorite toppings for a scrumptious vegan meal that's perfect for feeding a crowd, but also easy enough for a weeknight.

Course: Entree, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 301 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
For the Patties
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup chopped red onion (or substitute yellow onion if you run out, like I did when I made the video. Oops!)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar-based hot sauce (such as Cholula), plus more to taste (I use 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, or high-heat oil of choice
For Serving
  • 4 burger buns
  • Toppings of choice, such as vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, vegan cheese, ketchup and mustard
  1. Place the lentils into a medium saucepan and cover them with a few inches of water.

  2. Place the saucepan over high heat and bring the water to a boil.

  3. Lower the heat and allow the lentils to boil until they're still just a tiny bit firm, about 25 minutes.

  4. Drain the lentils into a colander. Be sure to drain them well to avoid the burgers coming out soggy.

  5. Place the oats and sunflower seeds into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade and blend them to a powder.

  6. Add 2 cups of the cooked lentils (you should have a bit leftover — save them for another use), onion, garlic, soy sauce, hot sauce, cumin, and chives to the food processor.

  7. Pulse the food processor once or twice.

  8. Remove the lid from the food processor and take a look at the mixture to determine if it needs more blending. Also have a taste to see if any seasonings need adjusting. Add some salt and pepper if desired.

  9. Pulse the mixture a few more times if desired, being careful to avoid overblending.

  10. Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with oil and place it over medium heat.

  11. Shape the lentil mixture into patties, and once the oil is hot, add as many as you can fit into the skillet without crowding. Cook the rest in a second batch.

  12. Cook the patties for about 5 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.

  13. Stuff the patties into buns and top with toppings of choice. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Zesty Lentil Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 burger (patty with bun))
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.5g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 511mg21%
Potassium 4.6mg0%
Carbohydrates 46.6g16%
Fiber 8.2g33%
Sugar 4.7g5%
Protein 13.3g27%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 28mg156%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.