Red Lentil Burgers

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From the Registered Dietitians and Chefs of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Recipe Yields: 12 servings


  •  2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  •  3 ½ cups water
  •  1 tsp turmeric
  •  2 tsp salt, divided
  •  3 cups onion, chopped
  •  6 garlic cloves, chopped
  •  4 Tbsp olive oil
  •  1 cup celery, diced
  •  2 cups red bell pepper, diced
  •  2 Tbsp ginger, minced
  •  2 Tbsp curry powder
  •  1 tsp cinnamon
  •  4 cups cooked short-grain brown rice
  •  1 cup toasted cashews, chopped
  •  2 Tbsp lime juice
  •  ½ cup chopped cilantro


  1.  Preheat oven to 400F.
  2.  In a medium pot bring 31/2 cups water and lentils to a boil.
  3.  Add turmeric, 1 tsp salt. Simmer 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4.  In a separate pan over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until soft.
  5.  Add celery, bell peppers, and a splash of water to the pan.
  6.  Add ginger, curry powder, cinnamon, and 1 tsp salt. Cook until all is soft.
  7.  Add rice, nuts, lime juice, cilantro, and lentils. Mix well.
  8.  Shape into patties (1/2 cup each). Place on an oiled baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned.
  9.  Serving suggestions: slices of pickled red onion, or avocado slices.

Nutrition Facts

Recipe Yields: 12 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 384
Fat 24g (56% calories from fat)
Saturated Fat 4g (9% calories from saturated fat)
Sodium 352mg
Carbohydrates 31g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Protein 11g

Note: Majority of the fat in this recipe comes from heart healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.