Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

An old recipe that was given to me years ago. These make an ideal vegetarian substitute for hamburger patties. Nice with a salad and mashed potatoes or use for hamburger filling.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil lentils in pot of water until soft.
  2. Beat egg, add salt, thyme, turmeric and chopped onion.
  3. Add drained lentils, stir thoroughly and add sufficient breadcrumbs to make a fairly solid consistency.
  4. Shape into rissoles.
  5. Chill covered in fridge approximately 30 minutes.
  6. Heat oil. Fry until golden brown.
Most Helpful

I made these to go with salad in tortilla wraps and we just didn't like them, they needed some more flavour? I had some trouble with the recipe as the time for cooking the lentils wasn't listed, i cooked mine for half an hour. Also there was no approximation for how much breadcrumbs- I added a cup, then after taking them out of the fridge found they were still a little soft and had to add some more but I'm afraid this made them dry. We did not like the taste of raw onion in the mix, and I found them to dry to eat without a sauce. My husband used sweet chilli sauce and I used some yoghurt. I added a teaspoon of cumin and another of tumeric and that made them just edible. If I made them again I would cook the onion first with the spices I think. Sorry.

Chickee January 27, 2009

I personally cannot stand meat substitutes. I won't cook with them or eat them. These lentil patties are a flavorful, fresh alternatives that i don't have to convince myself tastes good.

mikkishelles January 07, 2009