Brown Rice and Lentil Burgers

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 20 mins

This recipe can also be made into a lentil loaf and served with mashed potatoes and vegan gravy. Served as burgers, they are also very good cold topped with ketchup and mayo.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the lentils, reduce the heat and cook until softened, about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile in another medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add the rice.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the rice is just tender, about 40 minutes.
  6. Drain and set aside.
  7. In a saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and saute the garlic, onion, and peppers until slightly browned.
  8. Preheat oven to 350.
  9. In a large bowl, combine the lentils, rice and vegetables.
  10. Add the salt and pepper powder and mix well.
  11. Add a bit of bread crumbs or flour to hold the mixture together, if needed.
  12. Make into burger-sized patties and place on a baking sheet, or press into a loaf pan.
  13. Bake until slightly firm, about 15 minutes, or bake the loaf for about 25 minutes.
Most Helpful

Very good base recipe. I added some quiona, walnuts and pecans: raisins might work well too. The use of bread crumbs helped. Also I pulsed the finished mixture a few times in the food processor for better blending and hold ability. I also tried it backed in meat ball shapes and it worked well.

Good way to use left over rice and beans or peas.


5 5

This was very good. I used a little bit of cayenne pepper instead of chili powder. I also chopped up and added baked walnuts. Yum!

4 5

I made this recipe today, also found in the Candle Cafe Cookbook, and was pleased with the results. I had to add about 1/4 cup of flour to get them to stay together and will try with breadcrumbs next time. I did cook the lentils a bit longer (25 mins. in 2 cups of water) so they would have a mushier texture. This is an economical recipe and the burgers certainly are filling -- served them on burger buns topped with cheese, tomato, red onion, cucumber, avocado, mayo, mustard and ketchup.