Easy Vegan Gluten-free Lentil Burgers Recipe

This easy Lentil Burgers recipe creates a vegan, gluten-free, plant-based burger that’s a high-protein alternative for vegetarian dinner. Vegetarian Lentil Burger recipes are the ultimate in homemade tasty veggie burgers! Veggie Lentil Burgers are healthy patties that are high in fiber, folate and flavor! Use easy-to-follow instructions to make these gluten free burgers with no breadcrumbs today. Includes make-ahead and freezer instructions and favorite toppings tips too!

A lentil burger sits on a plate with potato chips beside it. A bowl of sauce and salad greens are behind it.

Homemade Veggie Burgers

When I first went vegetarian I relied mostly on store-bought products, like veggie burgers. They were very satisfying and tasty, so it worked. Still today we buy store-bought vegan products and they have only improved over time.

However, I also like making my own veggie burgers too. These lentil vegan burgers are a perfect example.

It’s sort of an out-of-body experience when I realize what a control freak I can be. I love the conveniences of store-bought, but I crave the knowing and adaptiveness of what I’m eating. Besides, when I make it myself, I can decide what herbs and flavors are involved.

So, I combined my love of convenience with my desire to control ingredients by making these super easy and, of course, best veggie lentil burgers.

Healthy, super inexpensive and oh-so-tasty, this lentil patty recipe is absolutely my favorite. In fact, I like to make a double batch and freeze some for quick mid-week meals.

What lentils should I use in lentil veggie burgers?

The type of lentils you use for this vegetarian burger matters, because each variety of lentil cooks differently and yields a different texture once cooked. For this lentil burger recipe I used brown lentils. They’re readily available (and affordable), keep a firmer shape, and don’t get overly mushy.

If you want to use another variety, like red lentils, I recommend mixing half and half red lentils with brown lentils.

Gluten Free Lentil Burgers

This veg burger recipe happens to be gluten-free. With most veggie burgers the goal is to create a firm patty, therefore you have to have the perfect “filler.”

For this lentil burger, I used no breadcrumbs at all. Instead, you’ll find a combination of ground flax seeds, tofu, and rolled oats. It works!

Yes, these are lentil burgers without breadcrumbs. Why does that matter? Well, if you’re someone who doesn’t worry about gluten, maybe it doesn’t matter at all. But then again, taking a break from gluten by using oatmeal can create diversity in your diet.

Besides, oats also adds fiber and other heart-healthy phytonutrients.

Cooked lentils in a saucepan.

How to Cook Lentils

Cooking with lentils is a great thing to learn because they’re pretty easy to make. That’s because lentils don’t require pre-soaking.

In this recipe, I call for using brown lentils. They’re the ones most commonly available. You can use use green lentils or red lentils, but be aware the cooking time is different.

Combine the lentils, water, and onions in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat until the water is at a low simmer. The water should be moving, but not too much. I love these tips on cooking lentils from The Kitchn.

Cook the lentils until the moisture is all cooked out. In fact, the trick to improved texture in your lentil burgers is reduced moisture from the ingredients.

To achieve this, when the lentils are done, I will remove the lid and leave the saucepan on the stove for a few minutes to let it “burn off ” some steam (aka moisture).

How to Make Vegan Lentil Burgers

Here are the steps to make these tasty lentil burgers:

Step One: Cook the Lentils

Add onion, water, and lentils to a saucepan. Bring it to a boil and then reduce heat to create a low simmer. Cook for 25 – 30 minutes, until the lentils are tender.

Step Two: Create the Batter

The rest of the steps involve a food processor because it makes creating the batter for these patties easy. Combine tofu, 1/2 cup oats, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, nuts, and spices in a the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until combined.

Looking down at a bowl of a food processor with ingredients in it, including oatmeal, tofu, spices, and more.

Add two cups of the cooked lentils. Pulse again. Then add the remaining lentils and onions, remaining ground flax, and remaining oats. Use a spatula to stir this together to create the finished batter.

Step Three: Form Patties and Cook

For pan-fried lentil patties: Place a skillet over medium heat and spray with vegetable cooking spray. Use an ice cream scoop or measuring cup to place a dollop of lentil burger batter on the skillet and use a spatula to flatten it out and smooth out the edges. Repeat with remaining space in the skillet.

Cook the lentil patties until lightly browned on one side and then flip and cook on the other side. Transfer to a pan and bake at 300F for about 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

For baked lentil patties: Create equally-sized patties. Place patties on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven to 375F degrees. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, removing the pan to flip burgers about half-way through.

Do you Bake or Pan Fry Veggie Burgers?

I prefer to pan-fry lentil burgers , but I’m providing processes for making the patties in the skillet and baked.

If you asked me which process I prefer, I would probably respond “skillet” because I like the fried, crispy edge it produces. That said, I could go for baked lentil patties any day of the week!

Also, as a side note, you can make this recipe into Lentil Meatballs too!

Uncooked lentil burger "meatballs" on a baking sheet with a cookie dough dispenser used to form them.

Favorite Topping Tips:

First, let’s begin with the bun. Spread a little vegan butter or olive oil on the cut sides of both buns and place the buns face down in the hot skillet. Cook until the bread is lightly browned.

Or you can do like me, and opt for a gluten free dinner by placing your lentil burger between two slices of lettuce.

Top your veggie burger with lettuce, grilled onions, sliced avocado, vegan mayo, and your favorite condiments. I think a drizzle of this Date-Sweetened BBQ Sauce would be amazing!

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Easy Vegan Lentil Burgers

This Lentil Burger is the ultimate in tasty veggie burgers that you can make right at home! Inspire yourself and others with this healthy patty that’s high in fiber, folate and flavor! Use easy-to-follow instructions to make yours today. Includes make-ahead and freezer instructions and favorite toppings tips too!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Lentil Burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup lentils
  • cups water
  • 1 cup extra firm tofu Pressed to drain extra fluid
  • 2 tablespoon ground flax seeds, divided
  • cups rolled oats, divided (old fashioned oatmeal)
  • 1 tablespoon raw cashews (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable Better than Bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Add chopped onions and lentils to a saucepan. Add the water. Bring this to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 25 minutes.
  • In a food processor, add the tofu, 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds, ½ cup of rolled oats, raw cashews (or nuts/seeds of your choice), bouillon, nutritional yeast flakes, sage, turmeric, and paprika. Pulse until combined.
  • When the lentils are done (they should be tender), drain any excess liquid using a strainer. I dabbed it with a paper towel as well. Less liquid is good. Add 2 cups of the lentil mixture in with the tofu mixture. Pulse to combine.
  • Add the remaining lentil mixture into the food processing bowl and use a spatula to stir it. Add the remaining ground flax and oats and stir to combine. Set aside for about 5 minutes, to allow the mixture to thicken. 
  • Skillet Method: Spray cooking spray over a skillet. Place over medium to medium-high heat. Use an ice cream scoop to place dollops of the lentil mixture equally spaced apart on a skillet. Use the back of the scoop to spread the dollops out to form the shape of a patty. Sprinkle the tops of each with freshly ground pepper. Cook for several minutes until the bottom side is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side as well. Place cooked burgers in a heated oven or toaster oven set at 250F while repeating this process with the rest of the lentil batter.
  • Oven Method: Heat your oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop to place dollops of the lentil mixture equally spaced apart on the baking sheets. use the back of the scoop to spread the dollops out to form the shape of a patty. Sprinkle the tops of each with freshly ground pepper. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping the burgers about half-way through.
  • Serving suggestions: Place lentil burger between two slices of a grilled bun (put a little olive oil in your skillet – yes, that same one again – and place the buns face down in the skillet and cook until the bread is lightly browned). Or you can do like me, and opt for a gluten free dinner by placing your lentil burger between two slices of lettuce. Top with lettuce, grilled onions, and your favorite condiments.
  • Burgers will last 4 – 5 days in the fridge or up to 2 months in the freezer.

Notes

I use cashews to add a little fat/texture. You can use any kinds of nuts or seeds you want.

However you eat these Lentil Burgers, be prepared for a satisfying lunch or dinner !

Enjoy!

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