These Vegan Lentil Burger are made with red lentils, garlic, red onion, carrots, panko crumbs, tomato paste and baked or pan fried.
This vegan recipe is kid approved and family friendly. This recipe is totally foolproof I promise you will be able to make it! There are many variations to this so feel free to modify the recipe as you would like.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Dried red lentils
- Red onion
- Tomato paste
- Panko crumbs
See recipe card for quantities.
Soak the lentils for 2 hours in enough warm water to cover by 3 inches. Rinse and drain thoroughly when done.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray down with non-stick spray.
In a food processor, add the previously soaked red lentils, garlic, red onion, carrots, tomato paste, salt and pepper and pulse. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the panko crumbs in and mix well. The mixture should be able to hold together, if it is too wet, add a bit more panko crumbs. Make the patties and add on baking sheet.
Bake: Bake the patties for 20 minutes total, flipping once hallway, until crispy on both sides.
Pan fry: Heat enough oil to reach hallway up the sides of the patties. Cook the patties for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until golden and crispy.
Add on a paper towel lined plate.
Serve on a salad, bun, deli bread, or alone, and enjoy the Vegan Lentil Burger.
Hint: Watch the patties closely in the oven.
Parsley: You can use parsley, cilantro, basil, or any herb of your choosing. This gives the patty a nice kick.
Carrots: You can use equal parts celery, turnips, or squash instead. Make sure to dice them up nice and small.
Onion: You can use yellow or white onion, I opted for red onion. Either one of them works. You could also use a small shallot if you prefer.
Tomato paste: The tomato paste helps form the mixture.
Panko Crumbs: I would use panko crumbs although Italian bread crumbs could work too. I like the texture that the panko crumbs give this dish.
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes into the lentil mix for a spicy kick, or add hot sauce at the end.
- Deluxe - add guacamole, crispy onions or tzatziki to dip into.
- Kid friendly - add crushed potato chips (ketchup chips!)
Check out this Vegan Spinach Soup.
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Stone bakeware takes longer to heat up than metal pans, and also retain heat for longer, which could make the recipe more watery, or burnt on the outsides.
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This will be good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
These Vegan Lentil Burgers can be frozen for up to three months.
Watch closely in the oven so it doesn't burn.Print
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove