Cook's Hideout: Lentil Chickpea Burger

July 25, 2015

Lentil Chickpea Burger

Blogging Marathon# 54: Week 4/ Day 2
Theme: Lentils -- 3 Ways
Dish: Lentil Chickpea Burger
For Day 2 of this week's marathon, I have a protein rich burger made with a combination of lentils and chickpeas. Homemade veggie burgers usually don't hold up too well on the grill, but these burgers didn't fall apart on the grill and tasted awesome after grilling.
Grilled Lentil Burger
Recipe is from Vegetarian Times magazine and it was originally a Greek flavored burger, but I changed it to more of an Indian flavored one. If you want to, change up the herbs and spices and make up your own version.

Grilled Lentil Burger
Also original recipe was served with Greek tzatziki sauce (yogurt, cucumber, mint and dill), but since I was going with a Indian theme, I served my burgers with a dolloped of garlic flavored yogurt. Skip all that and serve the burgers with the regular mayo and ketchup along with some lettuce, tomato and onion. 

Whole Masoor dal (brown lentils) - ½cup
Chickpeas - 1 15oz. can (1½cups of fresh cooked chickpeas can be used instead)
Onion - 1 small, chopped (1 cup)
Red bell pepper - 1 small, diced (½cup)
Carrot - 2 medium, grated
Garlic - 4 cloves, minced
Eggs - 2 large (I used 2tbsp flax seed meal whisked in 6tbsp water)
Ground Cumin - 2tsp
Ground Coriander - 1tsp
Red Chili powder - 1tsp (adjust per taste)
Mint leaves - ½cup, chopped
Cilantro leaves - ½cup, chopped
Plain breadcrumbs - 1cup
Baking powder - ½tsp
Salt - to taste

  • Cook lentils until tender either in the pressure cooker or in a sauce pot with lots of water. Drain any excess water and set aside.
  • Heat 2tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook for 7~8 minutes or until the veggies are soft. Stir in garlic, cook for 1 minute and turn off the stove.
  • Blend chickpeas, mint, cilantro, eggs (or flax egg), cumin, coriander, red chili powder, salt and pepper in food processor 2 minutes, or until smooth.
  • Stir chickpea mixture, breadcrumbs, carrots and baking powder into lentils. Shape into 8~10 patties. Layer patties between plastic wrap and freeze.
  • Preheat grill to high. Brush patties with oil and cook 6 minutes on each side.
Grilled Lentil Burger

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 54.


  1. awesome pics and healthy recipe..drooling..

  2. Looks healthy and delicious. And the clicks as usual look very inviting.

  3. Love this vegetarian healthy burger.. Looks very nice.. Great clicks .

  4. Wow..Such a tempting burger Pavani..You made it very healthy. can i substitute with any other lentil for masoor dal? What's the bread you're serving here? That too looks delicious.

  5. The burger looks great, the grill marks kind of make it glamorous :-)

  6. Burger looks absolutely tempting .I like the idea of using pita breads.

  7. The entire picture looks downright sinful Pavani!..very healthy patties..

  8. Burger patti in a pita is such a nice idea. Must try this one.


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