Red Lentil Burgers

These vegetarian lentil patties are delicious as well as healthy and can be served as a burger on a whole grain bun, or as an entrée with rice and some grilled veggies.

Number of Servings



  • 5 cups water, salted
  • 1 pound red lentils
  • 1 cup onions, minced
  • ½ cup carrots, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • olive oil for sautéeing
  • 2 cups crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ¾ cup Japanese (panko) bread crumbs, ground
  • 4 ½  teaspoons lemon juice
  • 10 ounces tofu, puréed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a large pot, cook lentils in salted water until tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Sauté the onion, carrot and garlic in olive oil until tender.
  3. Add the mushrooms, oregano, salt and pepper and cook until mushrooms are tender and liquid has evaporated- approximately 5 minutes- and allow to cool.
  4. Add bread crumbs, lemon juice, puréed tofu and olive oil and mix to combine.  Chill for 30 minutes and then shape into patties.
  5. Pan fry until each side is crisp and golden. Finish in a 350 degree F oven if necessary to heat through.
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