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Healthy Lentil Burger Recipe

There’s nothing like the hearty taste of a traditional cheeseburger. But unfortunately, cheeseburgers are usually high in calories and unwanted saturated fat due to the typical greasy meat and condiments. 

 

There are, however, delicious burger alternatives that offer less fat and added benefits. Our suggestion for a tasty meat alternative is to use lentils!

 

Are Lentils Good For You?

Lentils are a part of the legume family (think chickpeas, black beans, green peas, and peanuts). They’re easy to prepare, can be found in just about any store, and are very nutritious. Lentils are rich in fiber, protein, calcium, iron, folate, and potassium. One-half cup of cooked lentils has 9 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein! 

 

Incorporate lentils into your diet with our healthy cheeseburger alternative. And while you’re building your lentil burger at home, keep in mind that leaving off typical condiments like ketchup and mustard will help create a healthier meal. All of the toppings suggested in the recipe are optional, too, but we recommend stacking your veggies high to account for more nutrients!

 

Lentil Burger Recipe

Ingredients:

Lentil patty

 

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp safflower oil (for cooking)

 

Toppings

 

  • Whole wheat bun (optional)
  • Slice of cheese (swiss is recommended)
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Onion, sliced
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Romaine lettuce

Instructions

 

 

  1. Combine all ingredients except for egg and oil in a food processor
  2. Pulse until combined; transfer ingredients to a large bowl  
  3. Add egg and mix to distribute evenly  
  4. Form mixture into 6 equal-sized patties  
  5. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat  
  6. Cook patties until golden brown on each side, about 6 minutes
  7. Add patty to a whole wheat bun and top with lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and one slice of cheese

 

 

Fun fact: Legumes are commonly found on people’s recommended list of genetic superfoods, a.k.a foods that match your DNA-based nutrient requirements. If you want to learn about your body’s unique nutrient needs and recommended foods, take the next step in your personalized nutrition journey. 


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