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Hearty Lentil and Brown Rice Burger

When I first went meatless, one of my favorite dinners was a frozen veggie burger patty served over pasta. If it wasn't for veggie patties, I honestly don't know where I would be right now. I've come a long way from those pre-made, frozen days, but the thought of a good burger still gets my mouth watering.

The challenge that I've found with many homemade bean burger patties is that they tend to quickly fall apart. The great thing about this recipe is that these burgers hold together surprisingly well. They are hearty, flavorful, and go well with BBQ sauce or any of your other favorite burger toppings. If you don't own a BBQ, they can be cooked in a pan on the stove-top for an easy weeknight meal.

Hearty Lentil and Brown Rice Burger


6 patties


  • 1/2 cup dried green lentils, rinsed
  • 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 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth


  1. 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.
  2. Drain in a colander to remove any excess liquid. Let cool slightly, then process in a food processor with a steel blade until you have a fairly smooth texture. Form into 6 burger patties.
  3. Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill with a lightly oiled vegetable rack in place.
  4. Mist both sides of the burgers with nonstick spray. Grill the burgers until crisp, about 5 minutes per side. Serve in a bun with your favorite toppings.






Sonnet Lauberth is a holistic health coach, food educator, blogger, and writer with a passion for helping people lead fuller, healthier lives. Visit her food blog, For The Love of Food, for seasonal, plant-based recipes and tips on sustainable, healthy living.



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10 comments on “Hearty Lentil and Brown Rice Burger”

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Caitlin Anne
1 Years Ago

Alyssa Scalera

Beverly Malloch
1 Years Ago

Yum! That looks amazing Chris Barber!

Corey Hanna
1 Years Ago

these new burgers is everything ive been searching for ..now i can fully work on becoming a vegan:]

Adam Polson
1 Years Ago

Andrea Gamber

Janet Sebring
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Chris Barber
1 Years Ago

Beverly Malloch.....

Lkr LibrarianLady
1 Years Ago

Great...I guess my recipe was a hit with the ladieeeze. ...

Mallory Barker
1 Years Ago

Lkr LibrarianLady !

1 Years Ago

Thanks for a veggie patty recipe that doesn\'t require a zillion ingredients. This is exactly what I have been looking for, and they sound great.

Kathy DeLucio
2 Years Ago

Would be very helpful to include nutritional information as well--especially calories, sodium, fat. Thank you.


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