Red Lentil Walnut Burgers

Red Lentil Walnut Burgers

  • Servings: 4
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3/4 cup red lentils
3/4 cup toasted walnuts, cooled
1/2-1 cup rolled oats
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 - 1/2 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large egg
2-3 Tbsp oil for frying


Rinse the lentils, and place them in a pot with 1 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat until it's just high enough to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook until tender, ~20-30 minutes. Check every now and then, adding more water if needed. Let cool.

In a food processor, combine the cooked and cooled lentils, walnuts, oats (start with the smaller amount), garlic, cumin, coriander, chili flakes, salt, olive oil, and egg. Pulse until combined but not totally mushed (having little chunks of walnuts and oats will make the texture more interesting). Turn out into a bowl, and knead for a moment to evenly distribute the ingredients. Let sit ~5 minutes for the oats to absorbthe moisture. Divide into 4 pieces, and shape into patties that are about 3/4" thick. If the mixture is too moist to shape (it should be fairly moist, but not ridiculously so), add additional oats, waiting 5 minutes after each addition.

Heat a few tablespoons oil over medium-low heat in a large skillet. Add the burgers. Cook until crisp and browned, 8-10 minutes per side. The burgers will be very delicate while warm, so turn gently (they'll firm up a bit as they cool). Serve with the condiments of your choice.