10 Lentil Burger Recipes for Meatless Meals

Lentil Burgers
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Lentils are the often-overlooked legume that can make incredibly filling meals. Packed with protein, fiber, and plenty of nutrients, they're ideal for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone looking to add more plant-based proteins to their diet. In these meatless burger recipes, lentils are the star, providing a mild taste and hearty texture.

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Lentil Cakes (Patties)

lentil cakes on a slice of tomato

The trio of lentils, wheat cereal, and dry onion soup mix make up these delicious lentil patties. Tuck them into a sandwich with all the fixin's, or chop and serve over a salad.

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Lentil Burgers

Lentil Burgers

Packed with garlic and mozzarella cheese, these Italian-inspired lentil burgers are just begging to be served on a bun with a dollop of marinara.

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Cumin-Spiced Red Lentil Burgers

Cumin-Spiced Red Lentil Burgers

"These hearty lentil burgers are so satisfying you won't miss the meat," says recipe creator ChefLaura. The lemony green yogurt topping makes a cool contrast to the heavily spiced patty.

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Green Lentil Burgers

Green Lentil Burgers on a white plate
Buckwheat Queen

The chewy texture of green lentils makes them a hearty base for meatless burgers. Seasoned with onion and ginger, these savory patties have a hint of sweetness from molasses, the secret ingredient.

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Mushroom-Lentil Burgers

Mushroom-Lentil Burgers on a white plate
Soup Loving Nicole

"Mushrooms and lentils come together for a veggie burger worth making," says recipe creator Soup Loving Nicole. "The mushrooms yield a beefy flavor but I like to kick it up a notch by mixing steak sauce with mayo to slather on the bun for extra 'beefy' flavor."

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Red Lentil Burgers

Red Lentil Burgers on a white plate
Wendy Leclerc

Red lentils are often too soft to use in recipes like this, but when cooked just right and combined with ingredients like flour and spices, they make for an excellent meatless burger. Reviewer MoreHoneyPleasers says, "I loved this recipe. Even my picky teenage son ate one!"

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Jalapeño Lentil Burgers

Jalapeno Lentil Burgers on a cooling rack o
Jo Ritchey

Half a jalapeño is all you need to create these perfectly spicy patties. Grated carrot adds a hint of sweetness, while onions and garlic go heavy on the savory flavor.

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Mediterranean Lentil Patties

Mediterranean Lentil Patties with tomatoes and cucumbers
Lady at the Stove

Made with tahini, parsley, and lemon juice, these lentil patties are infused with Mediterranean flavor. "These crispy patties are a perfect substitute for a burger," says recipe creator huggamom. "Serve in a pita with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber, and you've got yourself a great Mediterranean meal."

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Patties

Sweet Potato and Lentil Patties
Erin Delisle

Get your daily dose of veggies with these bold lentil burgers. Made with red lentils, sweet potatoes, and a whole head of broccoli, these healthy patties taste decadent thanks to a blend of shredded cheese and plenty of seasonings.

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Italian Vegetarian Patties

Italian Vegetarian Patties on a white background

Recipe creator SHECOOKS2 recommends using these patties as burgers, forming them into meatballs, or eating as is for a snack. If you're a strict vegetarian, replace the Parmesan in the recipe with a different cheese.

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