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

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.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 317kcal


  • 1 ½ cups dried red lentils
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large shallot or 1 small onion, small dice (about ⅓ cup)
  • cup grated carrots about 3 small
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Neutral flavored 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.



  • To ensure that the red lentils cook fully, soak them for at least 2 hours before using. Pan-fry the patties in enough oil to reach halfway up the sides.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1688IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 5mg