Curried Lentil and Chickpea Burgers

"I've never cooked with lentils before. I started out making a curried lentil salad base, refrigerated what I'd done, then decided to changed the recipe into burgers. These have a lot of flavour and a nice texture. They're quite versatile too. I was low on breadcrumbs and had no eggs. I substituted the egg with 1 tablespoon each of powdered milk, plain flour and water. I substituted the breadcrumbs with 100g packet of rice crackers processed (approx 1 cup) and processed 2 pieces of wholegrain toast. NB: I've changed the breadcrumbs measurement from 2c down to 1c based on the first reviewers comments and I've since tested the recipe again. Thanks!"
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Boil lentils with stock powder in water until soft, 30-40 minutes. Drain.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of oil to fry the garlic and onion until softened. Reduce heat to low.
  • Add the curry powder, turmeric, lemon juice, sugar, mixed herbs, taragon, carraway seeds, coriander and ginger.
  • Add the lentils and mix through thoroughly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. (For best flavour refrigerate overnight).
  • Combine the chickpeas, half of the lentil mix and the egg in a food processor until smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl, add the remaining lentil mix, coconut and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until combined well.
  • Shape the mixture into burgers, approximately 1 inch thick and 3 inches across. Toss in a little flour, brush excess off.
  • To Fry: Fry on low-med heat for approximately 3-4 minutes each side or until golden.
  • To bake: Preheat oven at 250c. Place on a tray with a sheet of baking paper. Spray with oil on all floured areas. Bake for 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes or until golden.

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  1. Catherine Robson
    A nice burger patty - I liked the flavours but felt it could do with a bit more kick perhaps chilli powder. Also only I only needed 1 cup of breadcrumbs & felt that would be enough without making the patties too dry. Final recipe made for PAC 2009


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