These wonderful patties have undergone several transformations since I first tried them. I have used different soup mixes to season them, and added chopped nuts for texture. They are tasty with a tomato sauce topping or baked in a mushroom sauce for a fancy dinner. I like them best fixed up like a hamburger with lettuce, tomato, cheese, mayo, ketchup and alfalfa sprouts on a bun or good home-made bread!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place lentils and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the cooked lentils, milk, wheat and barley cereal, eggs and walnuts. Season with onion soup mix and poultry seasoning. Mix well using your hands, as the mixture will be very thick. Let stand for 30 minutes, or refrigerate overnight.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Use an ice cream scoop to portion out balls of the lentil mixture. Drop the scoops into bread crumbs, and coat while flattening into patties. Fry burgers in the hot skillet until nicely browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the patties.

Nutrition Facts

289 calories; protein 12.3g 25% DV; carbohydrates 37.8g 12% DV; fat 11.1g 17% DV; cholesterol 47.3mg 16% DV; sodium 682.8mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2011
As a healthnut I'm rating this very high because I've changed it to be 'very-Healthy.' I try to include ingredients that provide the most-nutritional benefit cut calories and fat and include good fats and flavor. This is my healthy version of this recipe: The first 4 ingredients stay the same. I used 1/2 cup oatmeal 2 egg whites 1 chopped RED onion 1/2 cup shredded Reduced-FAT Pepper Jack cheese (optional) 4 oz Vanilla Greek yogurt (Chobani) 1/2 tsp of each: oregano cumin garlic pwdr & Cayenne Pepper and 2 tblsp. olive or canola oil... I cooked the lentils in water first. Then drained and added them to everything else. (I don't like my veggies mushy so I DON'T saute them before forming patties). Shaped into patties and baked @ 375 for 12 to 15 minutes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/22/2013
WAY too salty. I tried to fix it by adding extra bread crumbs and oatmeal. Now it was too dry...added this and that... Salt wheat & frying....what was I thinking? Read More
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78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2011
As a healthnut I'm rating this very high because I've changed it to be 'very-Healthy.' I try to include ingredients that provide the most-nutritional benefit cut calories and fat and include good fats and flavor. This is my healthy version of this recipe: The first 4 ingredients stay the same. I used 1/2 cup oatmeal 2 egg whites 1 chopped RED onion 1/2 cup shredded Reduced-FAT Pepper Jack cheese (optional) 4 oz Vanilla Greek yogurt (Chobani) 1/2 tsp of each: oregano cumin garlic pwdr & Cayenne Pepper and 2 tblsp. olive or canola oil... I cooked the lentils in water first. Then drained and added them to everything else. (I don't like my veggies mushy so I DON'T saute them before forming patties). Shaped into patties and baked @ 375 for 12 to 15 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2008
Great recipe I added parmesan cheese and omitted the walnuts. Instead of frying I baked in the oven on sprayed cookie sheets. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2005
Very tasty! We are not veggies, but we loved this anyway. Did not use cereal (didn't have any) and only used half of the soup mix. I was afraid of the salt content. We ate the patties with Sweet Chile Sauce that you can buy at the chinese grocery store. It's kinda like a duck sauce with a kick. Thanks for the recipe, again, we loved it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2005
Pretty good but very easy and cheap especially if you omit the walnuts like I did. Didn't have poultry seasoning so I used a mix of oregano parsely black pepper dash of coriander and some garlic powder. I also used red lentils instead of brown since that is what I had. Mixed a few breadcrumbs in but didn't bread them on the outside. Ate with ketchup and honey mustard. Probably will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2008
These were a really great surprise. I made them this week and they have a wonderful flavor and texture. I did not coat in breadcrumbs and the browned lentils in the pan were really tasty. I served them on hamburger buns with all of the fixins....good stuff. They don't reheat well though so only cook them to order and save the leftover mix for leftover night. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2007
I really did enjoy this recipe. I did add a handfull of flax seeds. I think this recipie freezes well. I like to eat these crispified patties with fried mushrooms/onions and melted swiss topped off with steamy marinara sauce it's very delicious and thank you for the recipie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2008
I made these for my daughter who is a vegetarian. I also used oatmeal which I had on hand. She (and her friend) loved them Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2011
These were so delicious! I am trying to eat more beans and lentils, so I decided to give this recipe a try. I had cooked lentils before, but really hated them, so I was skeptical about these at first. I couldn't find brown lentils at the grocery store, so I used green instead. I used almond milk instead of cows milk, 1 cup of quick oats instead of wheat barley cereal, egg substitute instead of real eggs, olive oil instead of vegetable oil, and finally I put two pieces of multi grain bread in the toaster, and then put them in the blender to make the bread crumbs. I also put the walnuts in the blender to chop them up. I ate them without a bun and just added ketchup. I fell in love at first bite! This is saying a lot. I am a very fussy eater! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2005
These were perfect substitutes for hamburgers! I left out the bread crumbs because I didn't have any but these lentil patties were still lovely. They were somewhat crumbly so I think next time I will put all the ingredients in a blender so they really mix into one. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/22/2013
WAY too salty. I tried to fix it by adding extra bread crumbs and oatmeal. Now it was too dry...added this and that... Salt wheat & frying....what was I thinking? Read More
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