A tasty vegetarian burger that is different from the usual hamburger with chewy green lentils that would go well with other vegetables and whole grains.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 burgers
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine water, lentils, and salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until all the water has been absorbed and lentils are nicely cooked, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

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  • Mash lentils with a potato masher; set aside.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute celery and red onion in hot oil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard excess oil and transfer celery and onion to a bowl.

  • Stir molasses, ginger, and mustard together in a small bowl; stir into the celery mixture until the celery and onion are evenly coated. Stir celery mixture into the mashed lentils. Shape lentil mixture into 6 patties.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a skillet over medium heat; fry patties in hot oil hot and firm in the center, 5 to 7 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

188 calories; protein 7.3g 15% DV; carbohydrates 23.5g 8% DV; fat 7.9g 12% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 412mg 17% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2015
The flavor is amazing. BUT keeping the shape of the burger patties was a little difficult when I cooked them. So perhaps next time I might add bread crumbs to help the pattie maintain its shape when being flipped. This is a fantastic recipe regardless. I would recommend anyone try this one for a healthy plant based meal. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/22/2016
This was very bland. Flavorless. Not sure how it got great reviews. If you are inclined to make it more seasoning will be needed. I would definitely cook the lentils an additional 10 min. as suggested by another reviewer Read More
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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2015
The flavor is amazing. BUT keeping the shape of the burger patties was a little difficult when I cooked them. So perhaps next time I might add bread crumbs to help the pattie maintain its shape when being flipped. This is a fantastic recipe regardless. I would recommend anyone try this one for a healthy plant based meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2014
This reminds me of baked beans! Easy to make great to eat! You have to make sure the lentils get well mashed otherwise the burgers might break up when they are flipped! Thanks for the recipe Cheerios! I will be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2014
Great flavour combo Cheerios! What a nice melange of tastes and textures. I followed the recipe exactly and it renders a tasty easy to handle easy to fry "burger". I formed the patties differently to see which came out better. I made a couple a bit chubby and the other various thicknesses; the chubbier ones - although they took longer to fry - actually had a better result in both taste texture and manageability. The celery gives it a nice crunch and they are indeed chewy like the description states. I was weary of the molasses and mustard frankly but Cheerios' inventions have never let me down and he is right-it is different but good. The ginger molasses and mustard gave this a tangy but delicate flavour. They weren't sweet at all. A lovely wholesome flair. I sprinkled some fresh chopped parsley and balsamic vinegar on top to garnish. Simply delicious. Thanks for this recipe. UPDATE: These freeze well. I froze half of the mixture before frying them and they cooked well once thawed. Just wait until they thaw and then form the patties and cook as written. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/22/2016
This was very bland. Flavorless. Not sure how it got great reviews. If you are inclined to make it more seasoning will be needed. I would definitely cook the lentils an additional 10 min. as suggested by another reviewer Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2015
Excellent recipe. I didn't read how to cook it and put aluminium foil on bbq with some oil and placed it there. Cooked approximately 4 minutes per side flipped quite well deformed only a bit. I also cooked the lentils 30 minutes instead of 20 and did not need to mash because it mashed itself when I mixed it all together. Read More
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