If you are here, we’re guessing that it’s because you love burgers, sandwiches, and anything that can be served between two slices of bread — us, too. You’re probably also curious about how you can have a burger or sandwich that is rich in protein without the meat. So, how do you make your dreams a reality? Lentils. If lentils are not already a pantry staple in your household, we highly recommend giving these legumes a-go. Rich in protein, fiber, and other nutrients, lentils are among the easier legume for our bodies to digest and they are incredibly filling. There are also so many different varieties, like red, French, beluga, Puy, and others, each with their own unique flavor and texture. Both dry and canned lentils are affordable and while canned does save time, unlike beans, dry lentils cook fast because require no overnight soaking. So, while beans are great, lentils have them beat in just about every department.
It doesn’t matter if you’re new to lentils or if you’re their biggest fan — we have recipes for you and everybody in between. So, get ready because we have 15 protein-packed burgers and sandwiches for you to try.
1. Foolproof Mega Lentil Burger
We can assure you that this Foolproof Mega Lentil Burger is indeed foolproof. If you’re tired of mushy veggie burgers that fall apart, dry ones that taste like cardboard, or expensive store-bought ones with too many ingredients, then give this one a shot. You do need a food processor for this, but not much else. So satisfying and nutritious, these protein-packed burgers are made with cooked lentils, brown rice, sweet potato, and onion; so it’s basically an entire meal in veggie burger form!
2. Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Burgers
If you’re used to bean burgers and looking to change up your game, try these Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Burgers. While bean-based burgers tend to be slightly dry, these are soft, yet they retain their shape well thanks to gluten-free flour. The key is to not overcook the lentils, you want tender, not mushy!
3. Indian-Spiced Red Lentil Patty Sandwich
This Indian-Spiced Red Lentil Patty Sandwich is a fusion recipe at its finest: easy, filling, and delicious. The cutlets are made from a blend of lentils and Indian spices that are shallow-fried until crispy. It’s great served on toasty bread with vegan cheese sauce, fresh vegetables, and chutney. Filling and flavorful, it’s a great option for a to-go lunch.
4. Sloppy Lentils
Comfort food should accomplish several points to make it truly awesome. These Sloppy Lentils sandwiches embody all of those points. First, they evoke feelings of nostalgia (which is great for your soul). Secondly, making them is quick and easy (nostalgia shouldn’t take all night to achieve!). And finally, comfort food should be nourishing and filling — which they are, since lentils are packed with protein and fiber. Fortunately, these saucy, hearty, and all-around amazing sammies tick off each of these points perfectly.
5. Meatloaf Veggie Burgers
Let’s take veggie burgers to a whole new level, shall we? These Meatloaf Veggie Burgers are like that classic weeknight dinner in an amazing burger form. They’re made from a hearty combination mushrooms, chickpeas, and lentils, baked with a sweet ketchup glaze and then topped with creamy cauliflower mash and gravy. A bite of this burger is like taking a step right into comfort food heaven.
6. Lentil Broccoli Cutlets
For a flavorful, aromatic, and unique dish, you must try these Lentil Broccoli Cutlets. Coated in bread crumbs, these cutlets are crispy, savory, and well-seasoned. Serve as a sandwich with some vegan mayonnaise or enjoy them on their own with a squeeze of lemon juice.
7. Sprouted Lentil Rice Burgers With Portobello Buns
Sprouted lentils or beans of any kind add much-loved texture and taste to any dish. In burgers, they bring a little something special to the meal. These Sprouted Lentil Rice Burgers With Portobello Buns are made from sprouted brown rice and lentils, spinach, sprouts, and sandwiched between two meaty Portobello mushroom caps. Top with creamy guacamole, leafy green lettuce, and mustard and serve with fries.
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8. Beanball Sub Sandwich With Marinara and Greens
Are you looking for a hearty filling sandwich everyone will drool over? Look no further that this Beanball Sub Sandwich With Marinara and Greens. Reminiscent of the true Italian classic, this meat-free version will not disappoint. The “beanballs” are made from protein-packed lentils, kale, and mushrooms and seasoned lightly with Italian herbs so they won’t steal the spotlight from the yummy marinara sauce.
9. Walnut Lentil Burgers With Cauliflower Purée and Red Onion Relish
You won’t need any other burgers in your life after you make this recipe. These Walnut Lentil Burgers With Cauliflower Purée are delicious and hearty — real comfort food style. But the goodness does not stop there. They’re topped with creamy cauliflower purée and tangy red onion relish. Paired with all the fixings between two toasted buns, this might just be the best burger you’ll ever have in your life.
10. Red Lentil Burger Wraps With Pumpkin Fries
These Red Lentil Burger Wraps are amazing — plus they come with a side of curry-spiced pumpkin fries! The patties themselves are made from a combination of hearty, protein-packed red lentils and chickpea flour with fresh spinach and seasoning. Wrap these patties up in a soft flour tortilla (gluten-free if needed) and serve them with fresh veggies and plenty of sauce.
11. Kitchari Patties: Indian Spiced Red Lentils and Rice
Kitchari, an Indian spiced legume and rice porridge, really is something special. These Kitchari Patties take all that goodness and turn it into something that’s easy to eat in sandwich form. Dressed with a bit of tamarind sauce or hot sauce, it can be served as a snack, lunch, or dinner. Since it contains both rice and lentils (and a myriad of vegetables) it is, in fact, a very complete meal (and a complete protein)!
12. Swiss Chard Lentil Quinoa Burgers
These Swiss Chard Lentil Quinoa Burgers are crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. Lentils and oats give it a meaty and dense texture while Swiss chard adds a unique touch. Top these burgers with some tahini or guacamole and then serve them on hamburger buns for a crowd-pleasing and mouth-watering lunch.
13. Lentil Burger With Mustard Sauce
These Lentil Burgers With Mustard Sauce are super tasty and only require four ingredients! The combination of earthy flavor from the lentils, the touch of sweetness from the raisins, and the nutty walnuts, make this a unique veggie burger you will fall in love with instantly. The zesty mustard sauce makes this burger even better!
14. Red Lentil and Amaranth Protein Patties With Spicy Avocado Mayo
These little Red Lentil and Amaranth Protein Patties are so simple to whip up, amazingly versatile, and almost fool-proof. They come together in no time, and you can change up the ingredients based on what you have in the fridge. They are great on top of a salad, as an appetizer with a nice dipping sauce, or make them slightly larger and serve on a bun as a tempting veggie burger. The possibilities are endless. To boot, they are extremely nutritious, filled with lentils and amaranth which are packed with plant protein.
15. Mini Brown Rice Lentil Burgers With Harissa
If you’re craving a hearty and well-seasoned burger, these Mini Brown Rice Lentil Burgers With Harissa the one for you! Made with hearty and filling ingredients, this is a protein-rich patty that you can rest assured will not fall apart. Topped with spicy Harissa sauce, this burger has some serious Moroccan flair.
When it comes to these recipes, getting your protein will never be a problem.
Lead image source: Walnut Lentil Burgers With Cauliflower Purée and Red Onion Relish