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Lentil Walnut Burgers with Yogurt Sauce

Obviously we are intrigued by lentils. They require some effort, but have so much potential we just can’t ignore them.

Side note, lentils also make a great filling for handmade computer wrist rests. Just sew a tube of fabric, fill it with uncooked lentils, sew shut, and save yourself $15 by not having to buy a fancy schmancy gel one.

Back to food…
These were quite good. The yogurt sauce is a MUST. So is the egg, apparently… I had made cookies earlier in the day, and failed to realize that we needed the last egg for these burgers. Ooops. So we made the recipe without the egg. Tasted great, still, but they were very volatile and a bit dry, crumbling all over the place. We ended up cooking them in the oven for 8-10 minutes per side instead of pan frying them, which is probably healthier anyway! Didn’t want to take a chance that the patties wouldn’t flip. :)

Lentil Walnut Burgers with Yogurt Sauce
Lentil Walnut Burgers with Yogurt Sauce

Makes 4 servings. Recipe from Everyday Food.

3/4 cup toasted walnuts, cooled
1/3 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3/4 cup lentils, cooked, drained, and cooled
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 large egg

Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce:
3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In a food processor, combine walnuts, breadcrumbs, garlic, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; process until finely ground. Add lentils and 1 tablespoon oil; pulse until coarsely chopped (some lentils should remain whole).

In a large bowl, whisk egg. Add lentil mixture; mix well. Divide into 4 equal-size parts; roll into balls, and flatten with the palm of your hand into 3/4-inch-thick patties.

Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add burgers; cook over medium-low heat until crisp and browned, turning gently with a thin-edged spatula, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.

In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, cilantro, and lemon; season with salt and pepper.

Assemble burgers and top with yogurt sauce, sliced red onion, tomato, and lettuce.

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  1. Loved the texture, but the amount of salt suggested (1.5 t) was far too much for me –made them nearly inedible. Next time, I think I will only add 1/2 to 1/4 the amount used here. 

  2. Made these tonight after I found this recipe on your site and Martha Stewart’s. They are SO good and healthy, too. I also almost forgot the egg, but remembered just in time. They fried up very nicely and I agree that the sauce is a must.

  3. I’ve made these twice – they are so TASTY!

    I love the texture that the walnuts bring – and also love covering them in sesame seeds before frying. Mmmiyummy.

    Thank you!

  4. Wooooaaah. I just made this for dinner and it was really great. Most of the lentil burgers I’ve tried (from very popular blogs) turn out really dry, but this one crisped up nicely in the skillet with some cooking spray and stayed soft in the center. I did use the egg, and it kept the whole thing together. I served it open face on a piece of toast with sauteed onions and bell peppers and a tahini-lemon sauce.

    Well done!!

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  6. I just made this as a midnight snack (yea huge snack…such a pig), and it is DELICIOUS.


  7. I found this recipe through another blog that gave credit to this recipe–I have now made it twice, and loved every bite! These patties freeze well, and are full of flavor. I fed them to my meat-loving parents, but even they were won over (by the taste AND the price tag…). I didn’t have a food processor, but I found using a potato masher worked just as well for getting the consistency of lentils right. Way to go guys! I look forward to more tasty recipes!

  8. What kind of lentils do you use in these?

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  10. These sound terrific!

    I’m planning to try them with Ener-g Egg Replacer… hopefully that will keep them from crumbling (while still making them vegan)!

    Thanks for the fantastic recipe :)

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  12. I just recently found your blog and think it is wonderful! You have some really great recipes. I am looking forward to reading, and drooling more!

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