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Easy 6-Ingredient Lentil Burgers with crispy potatoes in a bowl.

Easy 6-Ingredient Lentil Burgers

  • Author: Nisha Melvani
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 Patties 1x


Vegan Easy 6-Ingredient Lentil Burgers are the ultimate high-protein, plant-based burgers. Kid-friendly using affordable ingredients. Foolproof recipe. Oil-free option and gluten-free.


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  • 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large shallot or 1 small onion, small dice (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/3 cup grated carrots (about 3 small)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Neutral cooking oil for pan frying (optional)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Soak the lentils in enough water to cover by about 2 inches for two hours. Rinse and drain thoroughly.
  • Place the ingredients into a canister: Add the drained lentils, garlic, shallot, carrot, tomato paste, cilantro, salt, and black pepper to a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are well combined and the mixture holds together, scraping the sides of the canister as needed.
  • Shape the patties: Scoop out ¼ cup of the mixture at a time. Shape into patties, about ½ inch thick.
  • Option 1 Bake: Bake the patties for 10 minutes. Flip them over and bake for about 10 minutes more, or until crispy on both sides.
  • Option 2 Pan-Fry: Heat enough oil in a large nonstick skillet to reach about halfway up the sides of the patties. Cook the patties for about 4 minutes on each side, or until golden and crispy. (You may need to do this in batches so as not to overcrowd the skillet.) Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  • For serving: Serve with a bun and desired toppings; a side salad; or oven roasted potatoes.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: vegan burger, lentil burger, oil-free vegan burger, gluten-free burger