This Green Lentil and Oats Burger is a healthy twist on the regular veggie burger; packed with proteins and fiber!
Sometimes, it is nice to give up the crazy addiction for fast food and cook something light, refreshing and healthy! Keeping up with the promise I made to myself in the beginning of 2015 (to make healthy lifestyle changes), I’ve been consciously opting for ingredients that are healthy. Take Green Lentils (or Green Sprouts, if you may) for example. Packed with proteins and rendering a great texture when cooked, they are wonderful for making patties.
I’m not going to lead you to believe that a healthy lentil and oat burger will be infinitely tastier than your average burger. Health food can only do so much. However, the nuttier flavor kinda grows on you, leaving you satiated for a long time after.
If you’re looking to make a healthy vegetarian (vegan, even) choice, then do give these green lentil and oats burgers a try..
I made an interesting discovery while making this burger. Any patty, the base ingredient of which is lentils or beans, is bound to be a little tough and nutty. While the nutty flavor is something that we’re just going to have to get used to (unless you camouflage it with a lot of spices), I found that a little bit of milk or cream or yogurt does wonders to the texture of these patties. It makes them moist and not as tough as these patties usually would be. The next time you make any kind of patties with lentils, add a couple spoons of milk or yogurt and see the difference!
Green Lentil and Oats Burger – Printable Recipe
- ½ cup Green Lentils or Sprouts (soaked in water for at least 1 hour)
- ¾ cup Oats (or ½ cup oatmeal)
- 2-3 Green Chilies (adjust spice to suit your taste)
- ½ Onion - roughly chopped
- 2-3 cloves Garlic
- 1 teaspoon Ginger
- 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder / Hot Pepper Flakes (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon Garam Masala (or any spice mix you like - adjust per taste)
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder (jeera)
- 2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
- a pinch of Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- 2 Tablespoons Breadcrumbs (refer note below)
- 2 teaspoons Milk or Yogurt (curd)
- Vegetable Oil for shallow frying the patties
- Burger Buns
- Cheese Slices
- Veggies - Onion rings, Capsicum or Bell Peppers, Tomato Slices, Lettuce etc.
- Tomato Ketchup, Mayo, BBQ Sauce, Mustard Sauce etc. (whatever you like)
- Breadcrumbs - add only if the mixture is too loose / soggy and needs more binding.
- Yogurt / Milk gives a little moisture and makes the patties softer. Otherwise, the lentils make it too tough
- Wash the lentils. Soak the green lentils (sprouts) in water for 1-4 hours. Drain out the water
- Method 1 - In a big enough cooking pot, add the lentils and enough plain water to cover the lentils. Also add an additional of 2-3 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil and keep stirring occasionally. Let the mixture cook for 10-15 minutes on medium high heat. Add more water if you feel the water is reducing. Pick up some lentils in a spoon, try mashing with your fingers. If they are soft and mash easily, they are done.
- Method 2 - Add the lentils to a pressure cooker and fill enough water to cover the lentils. Close the cooker with the lid, add the whistle and let it cook until you hear 4-6 whistles. Let the pressure release completely and open. If the lentils are soft, they are done. If not, repeat until done.
- Add the sprouts, oats, garlic, ginger, green chilli, onion to a food processor or a blender and give a good blitz. If you have a small blender / food processor, do it in batches and add to a mixing bowl
- Add the spices, salt, cornstarch, yogurt / milk / cream and give a good mix. Taste and adjust for seasoning, if required. If the mixture is too loose, add breadcrumbs and mix.
- Divide the mixture into equal portions, roll into neat balls and flatten gently to form patties. You can form the patties a day ahead of time and freeze too.
- Heat some oil on a griddle (preferably non-stick) and add the patties. Let them cook on one side for 4-5 minutes on medium heat or until they are crispy and golden brown. Flip them and continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes.
- You can serve them as is with your favorite condiment or make burgers
- Lightly toast the buns, if required. Add your favorite sauces and condiments on the lower and upper half of the buns
- Place the patties on the lower half of the bun, top off with a slice of cheese, tomato slices / onion rings / bell pepper slices etc.
- Sprinkle extra salt and pepper if required.
- Close with the top half of the bun and serve!
Green Lentil and Oats Burger Recipe – step by step pictures
Cook the lentils until they are soft and tender. You can either add them to water and boil until they are soft or cook them in the pressure cooker. (refer printable recipe for detailed steps)
Add the sprouts, oats, garlic, green chilli, onions and give a good blitz. If you have a small blender / food processor, do it in batches and add to a mixing bowl
Add your favorite spices, salt, cornstarch, yogurt / milk / cream and give a good mix. Taste and adjust for seasoning, if required.
Divide the mixture into equal portions and make patties. You can do this ahead of time and keep the patties refrigerated too.
Heat some oil and add the patties on a griddle (preferably non stick). Cook on each side until they turn crispy and golden brown. It should take around 4-5 minutes on each side on medium flame.
You can also toast your burger buns, if you want. Add a slice of cheese, patties and some veggies like bell peppers and onions and condiments of your choice.