Ellen Sheen

Ellen Sheen

Posted July 19, 2010

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Spicy Lentil Sliders

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These were really fun to eat (and really fun to photograph), put together and flavorful as all get out. Honey actually said 'woah, if you had done these burgers for the throwdown you would have won the burger round!' Yes, he won the burger round with his heart stopping (litterally) yucky meat burger and soupy potato salad... why? Got me. BUT let's not forget who won overall... moi. Thank you very much. Bragging rights are kind of a big deal around here.

So this burger... this one is different (obviously) than the crunchy one I made on Saturday. This one is lentil loaded with a kick. Easy to make, even easier to eat and just plain fun to look at...

1/2 cup dried lentils
2 cups water
1 cup walla walla sweet onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, smashed or chopped
1/4 cup red bell peppers, diced
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (Note: you can also use butter beans)
2 Tablespoons chili paste
3 Tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 cup panko breading

Put your lentils and water in a pot with a bit of salt and boil/simmer covered until lentils have soaked up all the water.

In a pan, heat some oil and sautee the onions and garlic. Let them go for three or four minutes then add the bell pepper. Mix to combine and cook for another two minutes. To your mix add the cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Let cook on med/low for another couple minutes until soft and fragrant.

In a low bowl, (appropriate for effectively using a potato masher) put your butter beans. Give them a good mash with the potato masher. Then add your onion mix to the butter beans, combine and mash a little more.

To your big mix, add the chili paste and agave nectar. Using a spoon (or your clean hands if you so choose) combine everything together.Lastly, add the lentils and panko and mix again.

When you're all mixed up, test it by forming a patty. if it sticks together well, you're good, if it crumbles too much add more agave and/or chili paste.

When your mix is forming patties appropriately, form all your patties and line them up like little soldiers.

Heat a little oil in a pan for pan frying, or you can BBQ. I used my french skillet again... not the greatest for pan frying; non stick would be a lot easier to clean!

Cook on one side on med/high heat then flip. Be careful when flipping! While they are cooking, prepare your veg. I did teeny roma tomatoes, dijon mustard and sunflower sprouts from the Farmer's Market... they're my new favorite, right up there with garlic scapes. I also used the King's Hawaiian sweet rolls again. They're eensy like the slider patties and tasty.

We served family style; patties on one plate, rolls on another, veg on another. You can also plate them for everyone and wow them with your non-meat patty cooking creating wonderfulness.

Start with a King's Hawaiian roll, sliced in half the burger way... put a little dijon on the bottom, then a lurvely patty, then some roma and sunflower sprouts and top with the top part of your bun. If you want to use ketchup you can but I think ketchup kills the flavor of any burger... I'm just saying.


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The recipe sounds delicious. I will probably end up giving it a try. However the first instruction indicates cooking the lentils, but they are not used in the rest of the recipe. I assume that they are just added to the mix before forming the patties. Do you need to do anything else to the lentils before adding them. Thanks in advance for your help. - Phil


I tried this recipe tonight and my husband said that if I want to turn him into a vegetarian, I'm going about it the right way!

I ran into the hiccup that Phil mentioned, the recipe doesn't mention WHEN to add the lentils. I added them at the end - even after the 'bread crumbs' (I toasted some rolled oats and ran them thru the food processor).

I used 'couscous seasoning' in place of the cumin, etc., which was good but it made the mixture VERY spicy. I don't have a potato masher but I used a food processor for the lentils, etc.



Hi Guys,

Thank you for noticing! I will update the recipe right now... good eyes :)


The lentil burger itself sounds delicious, but for those that are vegan, you should be aware that King's Hawaiian rolls are not vegan. The ingredient list says they contain milk and eggs.


VeganCyclist... good addition! Thanks for the info!

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