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Lentil and Olive Veggie Burgers

Upgraded vegetarian burgers
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4


  • Immersion blender or food processor


Burger Patties

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • ½ lb white mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • tsp dried tarragon
  • ¼ tsp Aleppo pepper (you can omit if you don't have this ingredient).
  • ¼ c pitted kalamata olives
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 8 oz cooked brown lentils
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs, divided in half
  • cooking spray
  • 4 burger buns

Mushroom and Onion Sauté

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 oz white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp Aleppo pepper (you can omit if you don't have this ingredient)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Burger Patties

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet with high sides over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, tarragon and Aleppo pepper. Cook for an additional 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
  • Place the mushroom mixture, olives, red pepper flakes, lentils, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and ONLY ¼ cup bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Use an immersion blender (or food processor) to finely chop, but do not over-blend. There should still be a few larger pieces visible.
  • Add the remaining breadcrumbs and stir to combine.
  • Divide mixture into 4 equal patties (shaped by rolling into balls and flattening slightly).
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Add the prepared patties to pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Flip the burgers over and cook an additional 10 minutes.

Mushroom and Onion Sauté

  • While patties are cooking, heat olive oil and butter in sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring as needed.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add Worcestershire sause, soy sauce, aleppo pepper and salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook an additional 3-5 minutes at medium heat, stirring as needed.
  • Turn heat to low and cook until the mixture starts to thicken, about 7 minutes.

Burger Assembly

  • Toast the buns, and place a patty on each bun. Top with the sautéed mushrooms and onions. Enjoy!