These Lentil And Potato Burgers are vegan, gluten-free, and brimming with plant-based protein. They also have savory flavors and a robust texture. These are ideal for making delicious vegan lentil burgers, eating on their own as lentil cakes, or wrapping in pita bread.

 

Introducing a delicious and nutritious twist on the classic burger – the Gram Lentil and Potato Cutlet Burger! Perfect for vegetarians and those looking for a healthier option, this burger combines the richness of mashed potatoes with the wholesome goodness of gram lentils to create a patty that is both tasty and filling.

The patty is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making it the perfect vessel for your favorite toppings. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch option or a fun twist on dinner, this burger is sure to satisfy you. So why not give it a try and discover the deliciousness of gram lentils and potatoes in a burger?

Close up of lentil potato burgers

Why You’ll Love These Gram Lentil And Potato Cutlet Burgers?

  • Rich in fiber and protein. Depending on how big you make the lentil patties, they contain 10–14 grams of protein and 8–11 grams of fiber per serving.
  • Actually flavorful. No boring vegetable burgers here! This method of preparing the lentil patties results in a dish that is bursting with flavor.
  • Freezer-friendly. Prepare now and eat later. In order to have these veggie burgers available whenever you need them, they may be prepared for meals in advance and frozen.

Best Types Of Lentils For Lentil Burgers

There are numerous varieties of lentils available brown, green, red, dried, and canned. So how can you choose the best lentils to use in veggie burgers? I discuss that here!

Lentil Varieties For Burgers

  • Brown Lentils: Brown lentils are the most popular type of lentil. Their colors range from dark brown to light brown. Once cooked, they maintain their shape well. These are suitable for hamburgers.
  • Green lentils: These lentils have a green skin and require more time to prepare than brown lentils. They are also great for burgers and keep their shape well after cooking.
  • Yellow lentils: Chana dal is a very nourishing dal that is also readily available. It has a very low fat and cholesterol content and is a great source of numerous vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

Dried Vs. Canned Lentils

For burgers, dried lentils are preferred as canned lentils have a tendency to be softer and contain more water, which can result in mushier patties.

However, if you only use canned lentils, you may still use them; just remember to add more flour to help with moisture absorption.

lentil potato burger ingredients in a clay pot on beige background

Required Ingredients

  • Gram lentils: Bengal gram is available in the split-and-skinned form, which is simple to locate at any Indian grocery.
  • Potatoes (peeled): Russet potatoes are the finest choice for this recipe. Yuki in gold is also an option
  • Corn flour/rice flour/potato starch: As a binding agent, corn flour is used. Additionally, it makes the cutlet crisp. You can use breadcrumbs, besan (gram flour), poha (flattened rice), arrowroot powder, or rice flour for corn flour if you don’t have any.
  • Cumin seed: The addition of cumin seeds adds a touch of warmth and earthiness to these cutlets.
  • Red chilies or 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper: I have used cayenne pepper to add a little bit of heat to the patties. You can, however, use red chilies as per your liking.
  • Garam masala powder: I’ll be adding garam masala to give this dish its Indian-inspired flavor.
  • Coriander powder: It is dried coriander seeds in powdered form. It is available in an Indian grocery store’s spice section.
  • Salt: I used pink salt.
  • Avocado oil: Making delicious and healthy recipes is made easy using avocado oil. It is abundant in vitamins, vital fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants.

How To Make Gram Lentil And Potato Cutlet Burger?

  1. In a large pot add 2 and a half cups of water.
  2. Now add in gram lentils and potatoes along with cumin, chili, garam masala, coriander powder, and salt.
  3. Let the mixture boil on medium flame, until the lentils and potatoes are completely cooked and the water is evaporated.
  4. Now cool the boiled mixture completely and add in mint leaves, coriander leaves, and green chilies.
  5. Mash the boiled lentils and potatoes with a potato masher or simply blitz them in a food processor.
  6. Form flat cutlets of the processed mixture.
  7. At this stage, you may make the patties and line them on butter paper, and freeze them.
  8. If you plan on baking or air frying the cutlets you may directly place them in the baking tray and bake them for about 10-12 minutes or until crisp on top.
  9. For pan frying, mix 4-5 tablespoons of corn or rice flour with almost 1/2 cup of water to form a thick paste.
  10. Coat the cutlets in the mixture and pan-fry in a lightly greased pan.

Assembling The Burger:

  1. Prepare mint mayo, mix two teaspoons of mint chutney in 4 tablespoons of vegan mayo or vegan yogurt.
  2. Toast gluten-free buns and spread the mint mayo on both sides.
  3. Place the patty, add salad leaves, and enjoy!!

Serving Suggestions For These Gram Lentil And Potato Cutlet Burger

  • Serve as a nutritious snack with plain yogurt, ketchup, vegan mayo, or mint chutney.
  • These vegan lentil patties are a great appetizer for a kid’s party.
  • Similar to roasted baby potatoes or sweet potato wedges, they are a great option for a healthy after-school snack for kids.

Veggie Burger Toppings

There are many options for vegetarian burger toppings! Here are some delectable suggestions to try with these lentil burgers.

  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickles
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Sliced cheese(or vegan cheese if needed)
  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard (regular or dijon)
  • Relish
  • Cole slaw
  • Caramelized onion

How To Store, Freeze, And Reheat Lentil Patties?

Refrigerator: Lentil patties can be stored for up to 6 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Reheat in the microwave, oven, or on the stovetop.

Freeze: Make flat cutlets of the mixture, line them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze (for 1-2 hours, until they are just frozen), do not overlay the cutlets as this may cause them to break.

Once frozen, place the patties in a freezer-safe bag or an air-tight box, overlaid with butter paper. Keep for up to three months. Allow the patties to defrost on the counter before cooking according to the recipe instructions.

Recipe Notes

  • Try adding different herbs and spices, such as cayenne pepper, cilantro, curry powder, and so on.
  • Adding a handful of nuts or seeds to the patty mixture before cooking is an easy way to increase the protein content.
  • For crispier exteriors, feel free to press gluten-free breadcrumbs, such as panko, onto the lentil fritters prior to cooking.
  • You may also make meatballs out of these lentil patties.
  • Just until the potatoes are soft, cook them. Avoid cooking them for too long or they will get pasty.
  • If you think the dough mixture is too sticky, add flour. It will need about two tablespoons.
  • When forming patties by flattening the ingredients, ensure there are no cracked corners. If so, give it a little roll to make it even.
  • For pan frying, an external coating is important as it saves the cutlets from spreading and also gives a crispy top.
  • Baking or air frying may not require any additional coating.
  • You can enjoy these cutlets on their own with some vegan dips and sauces!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Gram Lentil And Potato Cutlet Burger Be Prepared In Advance?

Yes! The patties can be formed ahead of time and refrigerated and covered with clingfilm until ready to cook. Instead, you can freeze the uncooked patties in their shapes for up to a month.

Are Lentil Burgers Healthy?

Yes! For a nutritious and satisfying vegetarian or vegan lunch, lentil burgers are full of fiber, protein, and veggies.

How Do You Make Lentil Burgers Stick Together?

In this recipe, corn flour is utilized to help in the binding of the burger patties. Alternatively, you might use breadcrumbs or oats in place of corn flour.

Are Lentil Veggie Burgers Gluten-Free And Vegan?

Yes! Ensure that the starch/flour you use in this recipe is gluten-free.

Can I Use Red Lentils To Make Lentil Burgers?

No. Once cooked, red lentils lose their firmness and are unsuitable for use in these burgers. The burgers will probably crumble if you try to make them with red lentils.

What’s The Difference Between Chana Dal And Kala Chana?

Bengal gram comes in two forms: kala chana, which is unprocessed, and chana dal, which has been split and peeled.

Are These Red Lentil Patties Healthy?

Yes, they do! These patties are completely gluten-free and vegan because they are made with lentils, flour, vegetables, and herbs, all of which have health advantages.

Chana dal is not only tasty, but it’s also healthy. The kala chana, or black or brown chickpeas, are an excellent source of plant-based protein that is low in fat and high in fiber. As a result, this dish is a great choice for anyone following a low-carb, diabetic-friendly, or vegetarian diet. As a result, vegetarians and vegans can use them as a fantastic source of protein.

That’s all! I’m sure you’ll want to consider adding this recipe to your meal plan right away. If you like and enjoy this recipe, please leave a comment to let me know your feedback. Enjoy the happiness of life!

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 156 kcal / 652 kJ
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Protein: 2.7 g
  • Carbs: 24.1 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 45 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • For: 6 servings

Ingredients

Mint Mayo

For Pan Frying

Instructions

  1. Add water to a large pot over medium-high heat. Add lentils, potatoes, cumin, chili garam masala, coriander, and salt.
  2. Bring, to a boil, reduced heat to simmer for about 30 minutes or until potatoes and lentils are cooked.
  3. Now cool the boiled mixture completely and add in mint leaves, coriander leaves, and green chilies.
  4. Mash the boiled lentils and potatoes with a potato masher or simply blitz them in a food processor.
  5. Form patties by rolling the batter into a ball in the middle of both palms, then press into a dish.
  6. At this stage, you may make the patties and line them on parchment paper, and freeze them.
  7. If you plan on baking or air frying the cutlets you may directly place them in the baking tray and bake them for about 10-12 minutes or until they crisp top.
  8. For pan frying, mix 4 tablespoons of corn or rice flour with almost 1/2 cup of water to form a thick paste.
  9. Coat the cutlets in the mixture and pan-fry in a lightly greased pan.
  10. Prepare mint mayo, blend mayo, mint leaves, cilantro leaves, and chili in a blender or mix two teaspoons of mint chutney in 4 tablespoons of vegan mayo or vegan yogurt.
  11. Toast gluten-free buns and spread the mint mayo on both sides.
  12. Place the patty, add lettuce leaves, and enjoy!!
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.