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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Lentil Veggie Burgers

With so many vegan burger recipes on the internet and recipe books nowadays, why would we need another recipe? Simply because we can't get enough of veggie burgers and they are just so tasty!

I am going to tell you a funny story. This actually happened to me a while ago. Boyfriendlovlie and I were invited at a wedding and our hosts were especially considerate to provide vegan food for us. So, at the buffet table there were burgers but the vegan ones were not labelled and we weren't sure we could have them; they could have been just vegetarian with eggs in them. But anyway, these burgers looked a lot more attractive than the other non-vegan food that was there and they soon disappeared! Later I went to ask about the vegan food and they said it was those burgers and there were none left. I was so disappointed but the chef agreed to bring out some more. And when I tasted them, I understood why they went so quickly! They were actually really tasty. Even omnis preferred them to the meat burgers on that day. Yep! That's what happens with vegan food most of the time I've found, they are devoured by omnis as well as vegans.

So here you go. We will never get tired of veggie burgers hence another yummy recipe to enjoy in burger buns or flat breads! These ones are baked and may be a bit dry if you are having them on their own. So, make sure you have a salad and some dressing to go with them if you are omitting the bread.

Ingredients (8 burgers, depending on size)
200g (1 cup) dry black lentils
2 medium (approx. 450g) potatoes
1 courgette (zucchini), shredded
100g frozen mixed sweetcorn and peas
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chilli powder (substitute by cayenne or cajun spice or paprika for a milder taste)
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 small bunch (about 10g) coriander (cilantro), finely chopped

  • Boil lentils, according to packet instructions, until tender but not mushy. Drain water if there is any left in the pot.
  • In another pot, put potatoes to boil covered in water. When soft with a fork test, turn off heat and allow to cool. Then peel and mash the potatoes.
  • Squeeze out the juice from the shredded courgette. (You can drink this juice if you want or mix it in your smoothies. But in any case don't throw it away, it's very nutritious). We are squeezing out the liquid here so that the burgers don't break with the juice coming out of the veggies while they are cooking.
  • Mix all ingredients together into a big bowl (including boiled lentils and potatoes).
  • Take a small quantity (like 2 - 3 tablespoons) and shape into balls then flatten into burgers. Leave them a little thick; you can flatten them later in the pan.
  • Drizzle a non-stick pan with some oil. Heat the pan.
  • Place a few burgers and cover. Cook for about 6 minutes on medium heat on one side. A golden crust should form, then turn and cook covered for another 6 minutes on the other side.

  • Afterward you can either:

    turn again and keep cooking in the pan for another 8 - 10 minutes, turning occasionally but carefully to avoid breakage. Adjust heat (lower the temperature) as required so that burgers don't burn but are allowed to be cooked inside,

    Or, you can transfer the burgers onto a greased tray and bake in the oven for about 15 - 20 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius or until firmer and done.

Burgers are ready, serve in burger buns or pita bread, with salad and your favourite sauce.

One thing I like to do with veggie burgers is to freeze them for later use. It makes it so convenient and a real time-saver. After the first pan fry of about 6 minutes on each side, remove gently from pan and allow to cool completely. Then simply arrange into freezer proof boxes (I love using my empty icecream tubs for that matter, instead of buying new boxes), separate each burger with a layer of plastic to avoid them sticking to one another when frozen. For the plastic bag, you can use a sandwich bag. Cut off the sealed base then cut through to open the bag into a single layer. This can be reused again and again.

Then, simply take out from the freezer and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Nutrition facts per burger:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1 serving (123.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 3% Iron 14%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet


  1. your blackbean burger looks really delicious! It is so funny when people actually understand how delicious and simple is it to be vegan! Veggie burgers are so delicious!

  2. Looks good. I'd like to try this! Question: What kind of potatoes do you use? Big russet potatoes? Or smaller ones like red potatoes or new potatoes?

    1. I've used red potatoes in this one. I usually buy only the red ones most of the time because I find them more adaptable in different recipes but any type (except waxy potatoes) should do for this. :)


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