These vegetarian burgers are just the thing for a summery picnic, on buns or on their own with sliced tomatoes and relish. Or try them with roasted potatoes and roasted broccoli. Use a wide spatula to flip the delicate patties. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in lentils, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until very tender and beginning to break down, about 25 minutes for brown lentils or 30 minutes for green lentils. Drain in a fine-mesh sieve.

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  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrot, shallots and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add almonds, thyme, salt and pepper; continue cooking until the almonds are lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a food processor; add 1 cup of the cooked lentils. Pulse several times, scraping down the sides once or twice, until the mixture is coarsely ground. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the remaining lentils. Let cool for 10 minutes. Mix in egg yolk and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  • Form the lentil mixture into 5 patties. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn gently and continue to cook until lightly browned and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve immediately.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 up to 6 hours in advance.

Nutrition Facts

236 calories; 9.3 g total fat; 37 mg cholesterol; 272 mg sodium. 27.9 g carbohydrates; 12.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2013
Really good - add some flax seed I added 1/4 cup of flax seed which kept them together pretty well. I also added a minced serrano pepper (I like things hot) 3 cloves of garlic 1 tsp smoked paprika and 1 tsp worcestirshire. Served with peach chutney. Yummy! Pros: Love the lentils and almonds together Cons: Needs more spice Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2013
My husband and I both loved these. Made them just as the recipe stated and didn't have any problems with them staying together. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2013
We'll see about the holding together I've mixed but haven't cooked these yet and just noticed the comments. It was obvious that these were not going to hold together with just ONE cup of lentils mixed in the food processor? Did Eating Well even try this recipe? I blended more of the lentils...about half...and I might had ground flax seed or another egg to make sure they hold togethter. I'll give you an update! Travis Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2013
Supper sandwiches I make these in a loaf pan like a meatloaf. Then I slice them into slices for sandwiches. They stay together much better that way. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/04/2013
Bleh. The almonds and lentils are great together. I added extra herbs fresh garlic and a bit of cayenne pepper. But just like the other reviews they fell apart. I don't think chilling them longer is going to do the trick ( I chilled for 3 hrs). They need more of a binder- add a few more eggs bread crumbs or quinoa. -Meh. One day I will find the perfect veggie burger recipe. I guess it's not today. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
05/23/2012
too many pans to clean I like the taste of these I added a little lemon zest. But they didn't stick together and the clean up was more than I like to do. Pros: tasty Cons: didn't hold together Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2012
My favorite veggie burger recipe Best flavor/texture of any veggie burger I've made. If you're having the problem of the burgers not holding together when you cook them YOU MUST MAKE SURE YOU'VE CHILLED THE INGREDIENTS FIRST. This is a tip I learned from an Israeli friend who taught me how to make falafel. Chilling the mix in the fridge is an essential step to bind ingredients together. I've made these many times and never had a problem. I always make extras and freeze them in a Ziploc bag. That's my kind of fast food. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2012
The cooking time for the brown and green lentils is difference in the recipe and the note. I have not tried it yet but would like to. I have some brown lentils and want to try the green ones in my quest for different dishes! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2012
Delicious! I read the reviews about the patties not holding together before I prepared them. By scooping the mixture into a 1/3 cup measure it was easy to flatten them gently into a patty that held together. I will definitely make these again! Pros: Tasty and very filling. My husband added ketchup but I felt it didn't need it. Cons: A bit time consuming to prepare for lunch. I would follow the make ahead instructions next time. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/10/2011
Horrible.... These were horrible. The patties didn't stay together at all and we felt like we were chewing on sand. The mixture was also flavorless. Will never make again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/07/2011
Won't make again These were a bit bland. We got out the jar of barbecue sauce! Not planning to make them again -- too many other veg burgers that we love. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made the mixure the day before and cooked the patties in the morning so I could pack lunches. I tasted the mixture before forming it into patties to check seasoning and it is fabulous. The finished patties where even better. My husband said is was really good and this is coming from a man who thinks its not a meal unless there is a hunk of meat on the table. Great recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I really enjoyed these burgers. They are easy to make. I did add a little extra seasoning and a clove of garlic to kick up the flavor a notch. They really are filling and satisying. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
These were excellent easy to make and really satisfying.Topped them with grilled bell pepper grilled onion lettuce and tomato. Very filling! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I thought these turned out great--but with one huge catch. They didn't hold together. At all. I'm not sure where I went wrong but that is my only complaint about them. Flavor-wise they were great and I would give this recipe 5 stars if my burgers had held together. I used dried thyme rather than fresh (two teaspoons rather than one) and added a couple teaspoons of all-purpose Greek seasoning that I had on hand. I also threw in a teaspoon or two of minced garlic based on a previous comment. The mix turned out tasty but we had to eat it with spoons! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Freeze? I have not made these yet but they look delicious! I'm the only vegetarian in my house and don't want to waste ingredients making 5 patties. Could I make them freeze what I don't eat and just reheat them in the microwave later? Or should I freeze them uncooked and cook them later? What would you suggest?! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Neither good nor bad Sorry just not doing it for my taste! Maybe if I added more flavor it would be better. My patties stuck together but was lacking in flavor. Otherwise ok. Read More