Lentil Chili Burgers

Lentil chili burgers are a quick and easy vegan recipe that take about 30 minutes to be ready to serve, providing the lentils have been precooked. This recipe will make eight burgers as shown in the photo. Leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for a few days.

Lentil Chili Burgers

Lentil Chili Burgers

Lentil Chili Burgers Ingredients:

2 cups Lentils, cooked
1 Onion, small-medium size
1 – 6-oz. can Tomato Paste
1-2 tsp. Basil, dried
1-2 tsp. Chili Powder
1-2 tsp. Cilantro, dried
1-2 tsp. Cumin, ground
1/2 cup Rolled Oats, quick
1/2 cup Masa Corn Flour
Cayenne Pepper or Hot Sauce, to taste

Lentil Chili Burgers Cooking Utensils:

Baking Pan, Glass
Bowls, Stainless Steel Mixing
Food Processor
Knives, Inexpensive Utility
Large Cooking Spoons
Measuring Cup, Liquid
Measuring Cups, Dry
Measuring Spoons


If you have a powerful food processor, all the ingredients can be added to the container with the bottom cutting blade and run on high speed until smooth. It may take some stopping and spoon mixing to get everything to blend in properly if it is not powerful enough.

An alternative method is to place all the ingredients, except the flour and oats, into the container of a high speed blender, cove, and run the blender at high speed until all the ingredients are smooth. Place the corn flour and quick oats in a mixing bowl and add the ingredients from the blender and mix well to ensure that everything is uniformly mixed together.

We like to use a round “ice cream” scoop to form the burgers, because it helps make uniform sized patties.


If you are planning to bake the burgers, place the 8 scoops of the lentil chili burger mix in a 9″ X 13″ glass baking pan,  and arrange them as shown in the photo. If there is any left over mix, place a little extra on each of the scoops, and then flatten them into patties as shown in the photo.

When you are planning to cook the burgers on a grill, it is best to place 4 scoops of the mix on each of 2 square pieces of wax paper and flatten them as above, and place each set of 4 burgers on a plate and place the plates in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes before you plan to grill them. This will firm the burgers and make them easier to cook on a grill.

The burgers can be baked in the microwave oven on high heat in about 10-12 minutes, or they can also be baked in a conventional oven in about twice the time at 350 degrees F. Check them for firmness to ensure they don’t over cook.

The patties can be eaten as is, or they can be placed on a bun or roll in a traditional burger manner with your favorite fixings. We also like topping the lentil chili burgers with some salsa.


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