Sprouted Lentil Burgers

Delicious lentil burgers; crunchy, easy and super-fast to make…. If you love veggie burgers, this is absolutely the best veggie burger recipe ever!

The “secret” ingredient? Sprouted lentils, and no boiling! No more boring, mushy burgers- these burgers spark!

And the greatest news of all- except from the overnight soaking- they are done in 10 min. Burgers anyone?

The lentils are NOT boiled. Instead they are prepared in the same way as the middle eastern Falafel recipe (that uses chickpeas soaked overnight).

The lentils are simply soaked overnight, and then put in a blender together with herbs, spices and any kind of vegetable you like.

Sprouted Lentil Burgers

No flour, no eggs, no mushy-gush… No tedious shaping of patties. I love it! I hope you will too.

Sprouting is actually optional, but great for easy digestion. I sprout mine for 2-3 days in a large sieve. (See below for how to do.)

Soak first overnight, but then you need to let all the water drip off between rinses.

Optional: If sprouting, put the lentils in a Sprouter Jar or sieve (after soaking overnight) and let the water drip off. Rinse with fresh water about 2-3 times a day, and let the water drip off between rinses. When you can see little sprouts on the lentils, they are ready to cook.

Sprouted Lentils

As with all dried legumes, make sure to thoroughly pick through them for stones. There is nothing that can spoil the sense of tasty crispiness as quickly as chewing into a stone...

By the way, sprouted lentils and other legumes and seeds are great in vegetarian cooking.

Here is a guide I like: Homegrown Sprouts: A Fresh, Healthy, and Delicious Step-by-Step Guide to Sprouting Year Round

Crispy Vegetarian Lentil Burgers

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed and picked for stones.
  • Water for soaking.
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1-2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbs. chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic or 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin seed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Thyme
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup water.
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • Plus oil for frying.
Sprouted Lentil Burger Ingredients

Here’s What You’ll Do

Pick the lentils for stones, rinse and then soak the lentils in plenty of fresh water overnight in a colander. Then rinse off all the water and they are ready to use.

  1. Now, in a food processor, add all ingredients and mix until you have a grainy paste.
  2. Heat up some olive oil on medium/medium-high heat in a frying pan and drop tablespoons of the mix directly in the frying pan.
  3. Flatten the patties with the spoon, and shape them while frying. Since the lentils are not cooked, the burgers will hold together beautifully.
  4. Fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  5. Place on a plate with paper towels to absorb some of the oil.
  6. Freeze any leftovers for a quick meal on a stressful day.
  7. Start nibbling! 

It is lovely to wrap the burgers in a lettuce leaf when eating. I like it better than hamburger buns. Give it a try! Or serve with all the trimmings as you would any other burger.

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