Lentil Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Not your typical burger

These vegetarian lentil burgers are crispy on the outside but soft and savory on the inside.  They are delicious wrapped up in a tortilla or fluffy naan bread for a little sandwich or paired with fresh cucumber, tomato, a drizzle of lemon and garlic yogurt sauce and a dab of chili sauce. This light dish is fast becoming one of my favorite recipes to make for lunch and dinner.

If you find yourself bored with the usual meatless fare, then you might want to give this vegetarian recipe a try.  If vegetarian cuisine is still not your thing, you can always serve it up these burgers as a side dish paired with a nice roast chicken or a bit of lamb.

 

 

vegetarian lentil burgers over a salad of cucumber and tomato salad topped with a yogurt dressing and feta cheese served with a tortilla

 

 

Vegetarian lentil burgers over a salad of cucumber and tomato salad topped with a yogurt dressing and feta cheese

 

 

 

Lentil cakes over a salad of cucumber and tomato salad topped with a yogurt dressing and feta cheese

 

Onions and garlic sauteing in a pan
Saute diced onion and minced garlic in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat until transparent.
Drained lentils in a metal colander
Drain and wash canned lentils.
Lentils frying with onions and garlic
Add them to saute pan with onions and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes just until the lentils have picked up some of the flavors of the onions and garlic.
Lentil mixture frying in a pan with spice
Sprinkle with cumin and paprika and stir.  Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
lentil mixture in a food processor
Remove from heat and puree mixture in a food processor with fresh cilantro
Lentil mixture pureed in a food processor
Puree until smooth.
Wet lentil cake mixture
Transfer mixture to a bowl, add flour and cornstarch and mix until thoroughly combined.
Raw lentil cakes frying in a pan
Shape into patties.
Lentil cakes frying in a pan
Fry burgers in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat until golden brown on each side.
Cooked lentil cakes on a plate
Remove lentil burgers from heat and drain excess grease on paper towels. Makes 8-14 patties (depending on size).
Chopped tomatoes and cucumbers
Wash and dry cucumbers tomatoes.  Cut off stems and discard. Dice cucumber and tomatoes in bite-sized chunks (no bigger than 1 in / 2cm) Lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Vegetarian lentil burgers over a tomato and cucumber salad
Place burgers atop salad and drizzle with yogurt dressing.
vegetarian lentil burgers over a salad of cucumber and tomato salad topped with a yogurt dressing and feta cheese
Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese, serve and enjoy.

 

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vegetarian lentil burgers over a tomato and cucumber salad with yogurt dressing and a tortilla

Lentil Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Dressing


  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-14 patties 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Spiced up vegetarian lentil burgers served atop a salad of diced cucumber and tomatoes with a tangy lemon yogurt dressing.. #vegetarian #lentils #healthyrecipes #yogurt #salad


Ingredients

Scale
Lentil Cakes
  • 1 can 14 oz (400 g) Puy lentils
  • 34 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 23 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a handful of fresh cilantro
Sauce:
  • 4 tbsp plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Salad:
    • 1 large cucumber
    • 2 red tomatoes
    • 12 oz (3060 g) of feta

Instructions

Lentil Patties:
  1. Saute diced onion and minced garlic in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat until transparent.
  2. Drain and wash the canned lentils.
  3. Add them to saute pan with onions and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes just until the lentils have picked up some of the flavor of the onions and garlic.
  4. Sprinkle with cumin and paprika and stir.  Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Remove from heat and puree mixture in a food processor with fresh cilantro. Puree until smooth.
  6. Transfer mixture to a bowl, add flour and cornstarch and mix until thoroughly combined.
  7. Shape into patties.
  8. Fry in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat until golden brown of each side.
  9. Remove from heat and drain excess grease on paper towels. Makes 8-14 patties (depending on size).
Yogurt Dressing:
  1. Combine lemon juice, yogurt and minced garlic together.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and let rest for 10-15 minutes before eating.
Salad:
  1. Wash and dry cucumber and tomatoes.  Cut off stems and discard.
  2. Dice cucumber and tomatoes in bite-sized chunks (no bigger than 1 in / 2cm)
  3. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place lentil patties atop salad and drizzle with yogurt sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese, serve and enjoy.
  • Category: Vegetarian,
  • Method: frying, baking
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: Vegetarian, Lentils, Salad, yogurt, healthy

Anything but boring Vegetarian recipes to make:

Vegetarian Bean and Cheese Crispy Burritos

Carrot Bhaji with Lemony Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Karela Chips (Spicy Fried Bitter Gourd)

 

 

Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

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