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Lentil Burgers

Satisfy your burger craving while eating light

Big Ben's lentil burger

Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Serves 6

2 tablespoons flax meal*
6 tablespoons water
1 cup cooked lentils
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1-1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper


Combine the flax meal and water in a small saucepan and boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, stir together the lentils, beans, bread crumbs, onions, oil, spices, salt, and pepper. Add the binder and mix well. Divide into 6 parts and shape into patties.

Fry in a lightly oiled pan on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes, flipping carefully once. Serve with your usual burger accompaniments.

*If your grocery store doesn’t carry flax meal, you can purchase flax seeds in most stores. At home, grind the seeds in a coffee grinder to get flax meal and then measure 2 tablespoons of meal. The binding will not work with whole flax seeds.

Based on a recipe by Sarah Kramer, author of How it All Vegan!, The Garden of Vegan, and La Dolce Vegan.

For even more vegetarian recipes, check out VegRecipes.org.


All figures are per serving (assumes six servings).

Protein: 9 grams
Calories: 118
Fat: 9 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Carbs: 29 grams

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