Brown Rice & Lentil Burgers

Hey there!

Sorry I’ve been absent lately, operation “Daily Toddler Energy Drain” is in full effect this summer which means I haven’t been spending a ton of time at home. We’ve also been camping quite a bit since we bought our RV. So much fun!

I haven’t done a ton of cooking lately but I decided to make these burgers tonight since I need a burger recipe for our upcoming camping trip. Our son is turning one soon and I also needed a new menu item for him to try. These burgers were a hit all around, our kids LOVED them! I ate mine in a lettuce wrap with horseradish mustard, Habanero Sauce, avocado, relish and heirloom tomato slices. YUMMO!!

Brown Rice & Lentil Burgers

Kid Tested AND Approved!!!

The original recipe is from the blog For The Love of Food. I altered it a bit and I may continue to do so the next time I make them. I want to play with the spices a bit, maybe make a spicy batch next time.

Brown Rice & Lentil Burgers

1/2 cup dried green or brown lentils, rinsed (I used brown)
1/2 cup brown rice
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, grated
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup quick oats
Combine the lentils, brown rice, onion, carrot, garlic, cumin, sage, and salt in a medium-size saucepan. Add the water and vegetable broth. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce the heat and boil gently until the rice and lentils are tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 40 minutes.
Drain in a colander to remove any excess liquid. Add mixture to large mixing bowl and add the quick oats, stir until combined. Let cool until able to handle. Form into 8 large burger patties.
Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper – you can spray the paper with a little cooking spray if you’re worried about them sticking (I did). Bake them for 15 minutes and flip. Bake an additional 15 minutes and remove from oven. Let cool slightly, they will harden a little and become easier to handle.

Add ingredients to medium-sized saucepan, cover and bring to a boil. Lower temp and continue to cook at a low boil for about 40 minutes.

Cook until lentils and rice are done and liquid is almost all absorbed.

Transfer to mixing bowl, add quick oats and combine. Let cool until able to handle.

Form patties and place on parchment paper (spray if you wish). Makes 8 large patties, I had to make them in two batches!

Almost done! Mini patty for our one-year old :-)


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  1. I am always looking for a great vegan burger recipe and this sounds like a great one! Thanks for the post!

  2. I am always looking for a great vegan burger recipe, and this sounds like a great one! Thanks for the post!

  3. Linda Reply

    14 1/2 tsp of salt must be a mistake?

  4. These look great! My parents were just telling me about lentil burgers they’ve had in restaurants lately. I’m going to have to make these when they visit one day.

  5. Laura Ervin Reply

    Would you be able to use the old fashioned oats instead of the quick ones? Thanks so much!

    • I think so, just let it sit for a bit longer or add back in some broth if it’s too dry. :-)

    • I’m sure you could. Maybe let the mixture sit a little while longer after you add the oats? :-)

  6. Rachel Randolph Reply

    This recipe looks delicious. I love that you can cook all the ingredients, except the oats, in one pot at one time. My one-year old loves veggie burgers. Going to give this one a try.

    • How did your 1-year old like the burgers? :-)

  7. Laura Zimmerman Reply

    Thank you for this recipe! I made these last night and we all loved them! Mine didn’t look nearly as pretty as yours but no one cared :) I had a hard time getting mine to stay together so I’m guessing I drained out to much of the broth…?

    • Maybe you didn’t drain out enough? That’s what I’m thinking. So glad you enjoyed them!!! :-)

  8. Sheri Reply

    Mmmm… These look good! Can’t wait to try them!