Jan 09 2009

Walnut-Lentil Burger with Cilantro Sauce – recipe

This is a favorite recipe of mine that I came across on Love and Olive Oil! Previously, I had not made it with the cilantro sauce that she recommends making the the burger until now.

And, WOW, that sauce is fantastic!

I like serving my walnut-lentil burger over rice with a side of salad. But, you can serve it on a bun as well!

I also accidentally changed up the recipe this time around by adding more olive oil to the recipe that called for and leaving out the egg. I definitely like the flavor minus the egg, and the extra olive oil makes the patties hold together better.

This makes a great vegetarian recipe as well as a great vegan recipe if you use a soy-based yogurt substitute.

3/4 Cup chopped Walnuts, toasted and cooled
1/3 Cup plain Breadcrumbs
3 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons ground Cumin
2 teaspoons ground Coriander
1/2 teaspoon Red chili flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste
3/4 Cup cooked Lentils, drained and cooled
7 tablespoons Olive Oil

Yogurt Cilantro Sauce
3/4 Cup plain Yogurt
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons minced fresh Cilantro
1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon juice

In a food processor, combine breadcrumbs, garlic, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; process a few seconds until roughly ground. Add the walnuts and process until finely ground. Then, add the lentils and 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse until coarsely chopped.

Add lentil mixture to a large bowl and divide into 4 equal-size pieces. Roll into balls, and flatten with the palm of your hand into patties.

Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet (I prefer a cast iron pan). Add burgers; cook over medium-low heat until crisp and browned, turning gently with a thin-edged spatula, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Transfer to a towel-lined plate to drain.

In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, cilantro, and lemon; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Top the burgers with yogurt sauce over rice or on a burger bun with red onion, lettuce, and tomato.


Makes 4 servings – but they’re so tasty I recommend making a double batch!

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6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Walnut-Lentil Burger with Cilantro Sauce – recipe”

  1. HoneyBon 09 Jan 2009 at 10:18 am

    Oh Nicole, this is right up MY alley and I will be making this for MY eating pleasure! Forget Grumpy for a little while…besides, me may end up liking it himself once he gets over the fact I didn’t cook meat. ;) I love this!

  2. Joan Novaon 09 Jan 2009 at 1:31 pm

    You don’t have to be vegetarian to know this must be delicious!

  3. Kristenon 09 Jan 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Ooo…this looks yummy!

  4. Joanon 09 Jan 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I’m not a great fan of heavy-duty cilantro. I’ll bet that a yogurt dill-cucumber sauce would be more to my liking. What do you think?

  5. Bellini Vallion 09 Jan 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I am always on the prowl for delicious veggie burgers. The sauce would be excellent on the bun too. All you need is a little lettuce and tomato and it is a “full meal deal.”

  6. Magic of Spiceon 31 Aug 2010 at 12:10 am

    Love the sauce, and love the burger…I like the idea over a bed of rice :)

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