Lentil Burgers with Aioli

11 Mar

Vegetarian food sometimes gets a bad reputation because people associate it with having to compromise on flavor. When sharing pictures of vegetarian foods with friends, I have encountered many instances where the person would question whether the food tastes good just based on the fact that is is vegetarian. The truth is that a vegetarian dish can look and taste just as good as any other dish. The trick is that you have to use a variety of veggies and also an appropriate mix of spices. The results can be very rewarding with just a little bit of extra effort!

Lentil Burger with Aioli

The non-vegetarian Lentil Burger. For the die-hard meat lovers, you could always add a couple slices of bacon. Goes extremely well with the burger! 🙂


  • 3/4 cup of dried Lentil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup of carrots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of corns
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 7 tablespoons of bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons of cilantro or parsley
  • 1 large egg (omit for vegan and add another tablespoon of bread crumbs)
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 3 tablespoons yogurt or Vegenaise
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  1. Prepare aioli by combining the ingredients above and refrigerate
  2. In a medium saucepan, cover the lentils with cold water by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat.  Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion, carrots, 3 garlic cloves and cook for 3 minutes.  Add corns and cook for another 2 minutes.  Stir in cumin and cayenne pepper.  Remove from heat.
  4. In a bowl, mix lentils, bread crumbs, cilantro, egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  5. Form lentil mixture into 12 equal portions for 12 mini burgers, or 6 equal portions for regular size burger of 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Heat oil on a skillet over medium heat and add lentil burgers, cook for 3 minutes on each size until golden.  Serve hot burgers with cold aioli.

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7 responses to “Lentil Burgers with Aioli

  1. Priscilla

    March 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Where did you get the bun? so cute!

    • thejanechannel

      March 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      supermarket….they are Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flat Sandwich….it’s really cute when they all line up on a…

  2. Sing Joe Yu

    March 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

    very nice veggie and non veggie burger, we really want a taste of it!

    • thejanechannel

      March 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      let’s make this again when you’re here 🙂

  3. Elaine

    March 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I’m “one of those people” who thinks the beacon definitely saved the burger!!!! Haha but I did make tofu burger once, it was good 🙂

    • thejanechannel

      March 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      what kind of tofu burger? I want to try too 😀

  4. T.C.

    March 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    As a meat-eater, I obviously prefer meats (MMMmmm BACON!) in my meals BUT have not had a major issue with trying vegetarian dishes. Open-minded about different types of food could not hurt. The correct blend of spices definitely helps. When it comes to indian cuisine, I usually prefer vegetarian over meat. Haha.


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