Cumin-Spiced Red Lentil Burgers


These hearty red lentil burgers are so satisfying, you won't even miss the meat! Top with sprouts, tomato, or your favorite veggies.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
8 burgers


  • ¾ cup red lentils

  • olive oil cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped

  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed and divided

  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¾ cup gluten-free bread crumbs

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 8 leaves Bibb lettuce


  1. Place lentils in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until lentils are tender, about 10 minutes; drain.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and spray the paper with cooking spray.

  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until golden, about 6 minutes. Add carrots, bell pepper, celery, and about 2/3 of the garlic; sauté until carrots begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in cumin and cayenne pepper, then remove from the heat.

  4. Add lentils to the skillet, along with bread crumbs, eggs, 3 tablespoons parsley, 3 tablespoons cilantro, salt, and pepper; mix until well combined. Form mixture into eight patties and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and crispy, flipping halfway through, 20 to 30 minutes.

  6. When the burgers are almost finished, whisk yogurt, lemon juice, and remaining parsley and cilantro together in a small bowl.

  7. Place each burger onto a lettuce leaf and top with yogurt sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
9g Fat
26g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 862mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 36mg 179%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 442mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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