Lentil Chickpea Veggie Burgers

by Natalie on September 19, 2012

So I have a love/hate relationship with veggie burgers.

I absolutely love to eat them, but I haven’t been able to find the perfect recipe! I have probably tried every veggie burger recipe under the sun. When I make them at home, they seem to fall apart and turn into a glob. Is it just me? Or is anyone else having this problem?

This was the first veggie burger recipe that I have tried in a long time that actually didn’t fall apart! It’s also been awhile since I tried any recipe without black beans as the base.

This one really stood out to me because of the spices, and the combination of lentils and chickpeas as the base.

The recipe came from the Moosewood Restaurant, Cooking for Health cookbook. I have mentioned this cookbook before – it is one of my favorites. All of their recipes come out super tasty.

Lentil Chickpea Veggie Burgers – Slightly Adapted from the Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health Cookbook


  • 1/2 cup dried brown lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup toasted whole wheat bread crumbs (I didn’t use toasted)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit

  1. Cook the lentils with the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until tender, about 30 to 40 minutes. ***TIME SAVER: purchase pre-cooked lentils. I used pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joes.
  2. While the lentils are cooking, sautee the onions and salt over medium heat until soft – about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, bell pepper, and spices. Cook for 5 minutes more.
  3. In a blender or food processor, process chickpeas and eggs until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. When the lentils and vegetable mixture are done, add them to the bowl, along with the breadcrumbs. Stir everything together until well-mixed. Set aside until it is cool enough for you to handle.
  4. Form mixture into patties of your desired size. I like to use a 1/3 measuring cup so they all come out uniform.
  5. Place patties on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake in oven for 25-30 minutes. They are done when they are golden brown and firm.

Serving suggestions:

  • In a pita or over greens.
  • My burgers came out a tad dry and I wished I would have had a dressing or sauce to put on them. I think a lemon-tahini sauce (lemon juice + tahini) or a cucumber yogurt sauce would work great! I also think some sort of fruit chutney may be tasty. Experiment with what you think you would like!



Tracy September 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for the article Natalie! I’m been wondering about the pros/cons of coffee.

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