If you're looking for a veggie burger with a great “meaty” feel, these are the ones to try. The secret is toasted cashews, which give them amazing flavor as well as texture. The red lentils cook surprisingly fast, keeping the active time brief. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2002

Ken Haedrich
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine 2 cups water, carrots, lentils and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Partially cover and simmer until the lentils are tender and falling apart, 12 to 14 minutes. Drain in a colander, gently pressing out excess liquid. Transfer to a plate; let cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, toast cashews in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring, until golden and fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic, curry powder and the remaining 2 tablespoons water; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool.

  • Prepare Cucumber-Mint Raita, if using.

  • Pulse the cashews in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the lentils and the onion mixture; pulse until the mixture is cohesive but still somewhat textured. Transfer to a bowl and stir in breadcrumbs, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; mix well.

  • With dampened hands, form the mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties, using about 1/2 cup for each.

  • Using 2 teaspoons oil per batch, cook 2 to 4 patties at a time in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until evenly browned and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Cut small ends off pitas and open the pockets. Serve burgers in pitas, with lettuce, cucumber and the raita, if desired.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through step 6. Wrap patties individually and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.

Red lentils can be found in many supermarkets and virtually all natural-foods stores.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

443 calories; 15.5 g total fat; 2.7 g saturated fat; 697 mg sodium. 493 mg potassium; 64.9 g carbohydrates; 9.6 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 15.6 g protein; 3565 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 66 mcg folate; 69 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 102 mg magnesium;

Reviews (21)

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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2017
Everyone loves them! I never really used cashews in the recipe and they taste great! I usually make 12 and freeze them so I can save them for later. Great recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2016
great flavor My husband and I love these burgers so I make them often. We normally eat a lot of Indian food and appreciate flavorful foods so these do the trick. I tweaked the recipe a bit- I add 1/4 teaspoon tumeric to the lentils when cooking and a tomato (sort of like making dal). I also add curry leaves to the onions/garlic/curry powder when frying. When I make the raita I only use yogurt lime juice and crushed garlic. These patties also go very nice with fresh hummus instead of raita. Pros: easy to make nutritious vegan Cons: lots of steps Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/05/2016
Part of a diet meal plan but 6 servings!!!!! Got to love that a recipe designed for a diet meal plan is completely impractical unless you have a spouse and several children. How are you supposed to eat healthy and eat less this is the case in multiple websites and recipes but this is when I needed to rant. You can't even scale it down unless you suggest prepping a meal with 1/6th of a clove of garlic or having a burger everyday for 6 days meaning the rest of the meal plan is pointless. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2015
Fantastic This is a delicious recipe - fantastic flavor. I did feel it had a bit more of a consistency of a falafel than a burger but stuffed in a pita with mixed greens and the raita that is suggested in the recipe it doesn't matter. It tastes delicious. And even my meat-only eating husband conceded that these were delicious. Pros: Relatively easy to make delicious tasting healthy Cons: Mine formed burgers well but did seem to fall apart easily Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2015
Flavorful Burger These were surprisingly quite tasty. I prefer them without the pita. Next time I will make them into balls and put in the pita. They pack a lot of flavor. Pros: Flavorful easy to make can make ahead and cook later Cons: Pita is too much I prefer them plain Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2014
I really like them. I normally double the amount of beans- I use black beans- and add more cashews. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2014
Great flavor but mushy texture I've had my eye on this recipe for a while now and finally decided to make it. I couldn't find red lentils so I used the green lentils that I had which take longer to cook. I didn't want the carrots to be over-cooked so I simmered the lentils for 25min before adding the carrots and simmering for an additional 15min. I also used 1/2 garam masala and 1/2 curry powder. Otherwise I followed the recipe. I enjoyed the flavor and found the cucumber mint riata to be light and refreshing. The texture was a bit mushy so I would call this a patty as opposed to a burger but it's still quite good. I liked the curry flavor paired with the toasted cashews and lentils. I also liked that these patties contained relatively few ingredients and were easy to put together. This was a wonderful dinner after working in the garden for a few hours. I thought a mojito seemed like a nature pairing given the flavors in the riata. Pros: Simple/few ingredients Cons: Mushy texture Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/21/2014
great taste but mushy These burgers fulfilled some of the criteria for what I have been searching for. They are tasty and can be frozen both big pluses. However they use a lot of dishes to make but I could deal with that if the texture was firmer. I will try adding an egg to see if that helps or perhaps some oatmeal instead of the breadcrumbs. Definitely worth tweaking though. Pros: flavourful freezable nutritious Cons: uses a lot of dishes mushy texture Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/16/2013
great flavor Love the flavors of these burgers. I did these in the pan as the recipe called for but even after a.good while found them to be quite soft and mushy inside. I grilled a couple of them and had much better results. Might add some mushroom stems to this next time. Didn't use raita either...but it was awesome with some plain hummus spread on the bun. Pros: yummy flavorful fun Cons: mushy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2013
Fantastic! These are deliciously flavorful satisfying and fun to make. Reminded me a bit of falafel but with lentils rather than chick peas. The non-vegetarian family members liked them too! Will certainly be making these again. Yummy!!! So much better than processed frozen veggie burgers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2013
Finally Found What We Were Searching For My fiance has long been on the hunt for a nutty satisfying veggie burger. These totally fit the bill when I made them for his birthday! We put on some tzatziki sauce too completely perfect. Pros: taste Cons: cleanup Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2013
Awesome burgers! These burgers are awesome. My husband is not a big fan of vegetarian food but he LOVED these. Will definitely be making them again - they freeze great too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
Not a lentil lover but... love these. Highly reccomended These do not taste like lentils bonus! Have made them a few times. Drained the lentils load up on the curry powder and add chili's. Will make these again and again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2012
Question Are these lentils dry or do they come from a can already cooked? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2012
Awesome Vegetarian Burgers Never again will I be buying the packaged at supermarkets where these patties are definitely worth the time and effort to make. They're flavourful which you can have on its own or in a pita pocket or bun. They are a bit mushy however I didn't mind the texture but you can cook the lentils for a shorter time frame if needed. Pros: Great taste Cons: A little time consuming Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2012
Tasty flavorful Thinner patties cook better and maybe should be cooked a little longer than recommended. Also I used a plain cuke raita and a spoonful of chutney drizzled into the pita and it was great. Pros: Great taste Cons: Soft texture Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Possibly the best veggie burgers I've ever made. The mint raita and cucumbers really add to the flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
The burgers were really yummy but too mushy. I have split red lentils so I think they soaked up too much water. I will try using green lentils instead next time and if it doesn't turn too watery save some of those crumbs to roll the burgers in for an extra crunch. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/curried_cashew_burgers.html Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
If I could get these to cook all the way through they'd definitely be five stars. I'm thinking of flattening them quite thin using the oil on one side then using non stick cooking spray. The flavor is excellent once you bump up the curry and garlic--I made them as is and a friend who doesn't care too much for curry liked them. Will definitely make again adding more curry and garlic. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
We have no need to buy any more of those store bought vegetarian burgers after trying these! Absolutely fabulous! Next time we make them we're going to add black beans. Other than that - no changes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Curried cashew burgers I loved the sweet tenderness imparted by the carrots. These burgers are very delicious especially with the raita but not a quick weeknight dinner. Pros: Very delicious but Cons: too many steps and pots for a quick weeknight dinner Read More