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Lentil nut burger
Lentil nut burger

Lentil Nut Burgers with Cilantro Vinaigrette


August 8, 2017

Not all veggie burgers are created equal! This tasty vegan version has plenty of lean protein, fiber, and flavor to keep everyone at your BBQ full and happy.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings


2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1 tbsp lime juice

1/2 tsp grated lime zest

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp plus 6 teaspoons olive oil

4 oz. white mushrooms, chopped (about 1 cup)

1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 cup raw walnuts, finely chopped

1 (15-ounce) can organic black lentils, drained and rinsed

1 cup cooked brown rice

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Optional toppings: sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and/or fennel


1Combine the cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a small bowl; whisk in 2 tablespoons of the oil in a slow, steady stream. Set aside.

2Heat 2 teaspoons of the remaining oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and cumin and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the walnuts and cook until the nuts are lightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

3Combine the lentils and rice in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped; add to the mushrooms. Stir in the parsley, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.

4Heat the remaining 4 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, until browned and heated through, 9 to 10 minutes. Transfer to serving plates and top with any of the optional toppings and the cilantro vinaigrette.

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014


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Nutrition Facts

Sodium301 mg
Protein12 grams
Total Fat21 grams
Saturated Fat2 grams
Total Carbohydrates33 grams
Dietary Fiber9 grams