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Lentil Burgers with Tzatziki

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  • Author: Natalie McLaury
  • Total Time: 51 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A meatless burger featuring lentils and topped with tzatziki


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup dried lentils
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (I omitted)
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (I omitted)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot (also added a bit of grated zucchini)
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ (I omitted)
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped (I subbed cilantro)
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 4 buns or pitas
  • spinach or romaine
  • tomato slices
  • for the tzatziki
  • 1 cup grated cucumber, peeled before grated
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (if you prefer a thicker sauce, use Greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp chives


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Add onions, sauteing until soft (~5 min). Add oregano, red pepper flakes, and garlic, cooking for an additional minute.
  2. Stir in chicken broth and lentils. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and allow to simmer for 35 minutes or until lentils are tender. Drain and cool. (This step can be done 1 day ahead of time. Place mixture in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.)
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, combine feta, breadcrumbs, carrots, wheat germ, parsley, salt, and pepper (salt & pepper to taste). Pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the lentil and onion mixture to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until pureed. Add to the bowl with the breadcrumb mixture and mix well to combine (use your hands).
  5. Form into 4 patties. Heat cooking spray in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook patties on three minutes each side, until warmed through.
  6. Serve lentil patties on buns or in pitas, topped with tzatziki (combine all tzatziki ingredients, listed above, in a bowl and mix), spinach/romaine, and tomatoes.


adapted from Cooking Light

  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins
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