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.

Ken Haedrich
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2002


Recipe Summary

1 hr


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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.

  • 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.

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Nutrition Facts

443 calories; protein 15.6g; carbohydrates 64.9g; dietary fiber 9.6g; sugars 4.7g; fat 15.5g; saturated fat 2.7g; vitamin a iu 3564.6IU; vitamin c 3.4mg; folate 65.9mcg; calcium 68.9mg; iron 4.8mg; magnesium 102.4mg; potassium 493.3mg; sodium 696.8mg; thiamin 0.4mg.

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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
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
Rating: 4 stars
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: 5 stars
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
I really like them. I normally double the amount of beans- I use black beans- and add more cashews. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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
Question Are these lentils dry or do they come from a can already cooked? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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
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: 3 stars
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