Once you give these green lentil burgers a try, they will become your favorite! They use simple ingredients and pantry staples that you most likely have in your kitchen right now!
This easy green lentil burger recipe is a brilliant blend of simple, nutritious ingredients that are perfectly balanced and pair perfectly with my homemade spicy mayo sauce. I’ve made a lot of lentil burgers over the years, but somehow I always came back to this simple recipe, and that was for a few reasons.
- A simple and straightforward recipe! All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in the processor, form the patties, and pan-fry in a nonstick pan.
- Simple, cheap, and everyday ingredients. Most recipes for meatless burgers you’ll find out there use fancy ingredients or spices that you’d have to look to buy in specialty stores etc. My recipe for these vegetarian burgers consists of simple everyday ingredients that can be found in every store.
- Makes a great meatless lunch or dinner! If you are looking to add a meatless dinner to your rotation, this is a great recipe to start. Lentils are packed with protein, and I love incorporating them into my meals, just like this Lentils and Rice recipe.
What goes into these lentil burgers:
The things that go into these green lentil burgers are simple.
- Green lentils, of course, you can use canned lentils or boiled fried lentils. If you do decide to boil the green lentils, I included the instructions in the recipe below. If you do decide to use boiled lentils, I recommend using cooling them before making the burgers.
- Old-fashioned rolled oats – slightly blended in a food processor.
- Grated carrots, diced onion, and garlic;
Make a homemade spicy mayo burger sauce
This spicy homemade mayo sauce will take these veggie burgers to another level. It’s has a slightly spicy kick from the chili sauce and paprika, plus with a hint of garlic, this sauce will make you lick your fingers.
In a medium bowl, combine the mayo with the rest of the ingredients and spices, mix well to combine. Optionally let it sit for 5 minutes so the flavors can bond together and the garlic and chili really bloom inside the sauce.
This spicy sauce also goes great with other chicken or beef burgers. It also goes great as a topping on a chicken wrap.
Additions / substitutions:
- The old-fashioned rolled oats can be substituted with all-purpose flour or any other flour that you prefer.
- Bake the burgers instead of frying them. To make these lentil burgers baked, first form the patties and add them to a baking pan lined with parchment paper sprayed with olive oil. Preheat the oven to 200C/380F and bake for around 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
What to serve these lentil burgers with?
Although this burger is great as is, when I have a few more minutes on hand, I like to make a quick batch of my roasted potatoes or, even better, these crispy potato kabobs.
Inside the burger patty, I add lettuce, thinly sliced tomatoes, and a slice of lightly grilled onion on each.
More delicious recipes to try:
Easy Chickpea Fritters
Red Lentil Soup
Roasted Chicken Gyro
Green Lentil Burgers
- 100 g / 1/2 cup dried lentils or 250g cooked lentils
- 500 g / 2 cups water
- 60 g old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 small grated garlic
- 1/2 diced onion
- 2 diced or minced garlic cloves
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil for frying
- 4-5 slices cheddar cheese or any other melting cheese of choice
- 110 g 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1 tsp dried garlic or 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 tsp smoked paprrika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4-5 burger buns
- slices of tomato
- slices of onion 1/2 inch or 1 cm
- In a saucepan add rinsed dried lentils along with the water. Bring lentils to a boil, then lower the heat to medium and cook covered for 20 minutes. Drain water and rinse the lentils with cold water.
- Preheat a skillet over medium heat and add 3 tbsp of olive oil. Once heated, add the grated onion and the grated carrot. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the onion and carrot are softened. Add the diced garlic and stir for another minute. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- In a food processor, add the oats and pulse them 2-3 times for a couple of seconds. Then add the cooled, drained lentils, the carrot mixture, followed by the egg and seasonings.
- Pulse the mixture a few times, then transfer it into a large bowl and mix it lightly with your hands.
- Preheat a nonstick pan over medium heat and add olive oil in just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Form the patties and fry on each side for around 4-5 minutes. Once you turn the patty on the other side, add the slices of cheese and cook the another 4-5 minutes.
- Add all the ingredients for the spicy mayo sauce in a bowl and mix to combine.
- Optional but absolutely recommended: Preheat a nonstick skillet and add olive oil; toast the burger buns. To the same skillet, add a few 1s/2inchesh or 1cmm slices of onion and fry them on both sides for 30 seconds to around a minute.
- Add the spicy sauce on the top and bottom bun. Add lettuce on the bottom bun, followed by the lentil burger, and top with the grilled onion and sliced tomato.
- Add the top burger bun on top, serve and enjoy!
- Make sure the lentils are cold and well-drained from the water before you make the patties. This will help when shaping them and keep right consistency.
- Lightly oiling your hands will make shaping the patties so much easier.
- If you decide to make them instead of frying, add the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and make sure there’s oil on the parchment as well as on top of the patties.
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