Cook's Hideout: Lentil Walnut Burger

July 05, 2006

Lentil Walnut Burger

I am late for this month's Lentil theme JFI#3 (Jihva for ingredients) hosted by Sailu. I hope she accepts my late entry.
I made Lentil-Walnut burger for our mini in-house barbeque for 4th of July. I saw them made on TV (pbs - channel 13) few weeks ago and wanted to give them a try(above pic is courtesy pbs tv). Adding cumin and coriander powders gave the burgers an Indian taste.


Green Lentils - ¾ cup, cooked, drained and cooled
Toasted Walnuts - ¾ cup, cooled
Dried breadcrumbs - 1/3 cup (I used 3 potato bread slices and it worked just fine)
Garlic - 3 cloves
Ground Cumin - 2 tsp
Ground Coriander - 2 tsp
Red pepper flakes - ½ tsp
Large Egg - 1
Olive oil - 1tbsp
Salt and pepper - to taste

  • In a food processor, combine walnuts, breadcrumbs (or bread slices), garlic, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, salt (I used 1 ½ tsp and it was just right, but if you eat less salt, reduce the amount), and ¼ tsp pepper; process until finely ground.
  • Add lentils and oil; pulse until coarsely chopped (some lentils should remain whole).
  • In a large bowl, whisk egg and add lentil mixture; mix well.
  • Divide mixture into equal size parts; roll into balls, and flatten with the palm of your hand into ¾ inch thick patties (I made 9 medium size patties).
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add burgers; cook over medium-low heat until crisp and browned, turning gently with a spatula, 8 to 10 minutes per side.
  • Serve hot.

I made Indira’s Sesame buns and had our burgers with mayo, ketchup and cheese. Really healthy and not very difficult to put together.


  1. That's a cool entry, Pavani. My toddler would enjoy the lentil based burger for sure. Nice picture.

    Good entry and thank your for participating in JFI-Dal event.

  2. Hi Pavani,
    Nice lenthil burger.

  3. Nice recipe, will try this one out.

  4. Hi Sailaja, Sumitha, Vineela, Archana,
    Thank you. Try the recipe and let me know if you like it.

  5. I too have this recipe but didn't get a chance to try it. Good to see that it turned out well.

  6. Hi Pavani,

    That was a very innovative method of preparing a burger patty. My 4 year old dotes on burgers, and I can prepare this often for him, resting assured that he gets his fair share of proteins and vitamins! I liked your blog layout-simple and uncluttered. I also liked your Undrallu and allam pachadi a lot. A wide host of interesting pachadi recipes are penned in our cookbook, "Cooking at Home with Pedatha", which reflects the Andhra penchant to convert every conceivable edible item (brinjal, spinach, yellow cucumber,ginger etc.) into a pachadi!

    Meenakshi at PRITYA

  7. I found that recipe in Everyday Food book and had to try it ride away! It is fabulous! I serve it with
    Yogurt Cilantro Sauce (in a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, cilantro, and lemon; season with salt and pepper) but it would be more adult version! It gives it fresh taste! DELICIOUS! :)

  8. HI,
    This is something very nice I came acroos on your lovely site ..
    will try it out soon ..
    hugs and smiles


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