Gluten-Free Lentil Burgers Without Breadcrumbs
If you’re looking for a plant-based burger recipe, consider these delicious Gluten-Free Lentil Burgers without breadcrumbs that are also grain-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly. This is a healthy baked burger that everyone loves!
A lentil burger is simply a meatless, vegetarian patty made with cooked lentils and other vegetable ingredients. It’s a nice alternative to regular burgers, and this homemade version is healthier than the packaged ones.
Why You Need This Recipe
- This recipe uses mushrooms, onions, spices, and almond flour, in addition to cooked brown or green lentils.
- Most plant-based burger recipes use oats or breadcrumbs as one of the main ingredients, but this version is oat-free and 100% grain-free. I used almond flour instead of breadcrumbs.
- These delicious Lentil Burgers can also be made vegan by replacing the egg that binds the ingredients. For the vegan option, I recommend using a flax egg which is made by mixing together 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water. I have noted that substitution in the printable recipe that you can find below.
Lentil burgers are really healthy! They have fiber and nutrition from the lentils, plus all wholesome ingredients. I think you are really going to love these. Plus, they have no processed, icky ingredients like fake meats do.
Each of these lentil patties has approximately:
- 200 kcal
- 7.5 grams fat
- 24 grams carbohydrate
- 1.2 grams sugar
- 4.5 grams fiber
- and 11 grams plant protein!
Brown lentils are the perfect base for a veggie burger in place of black beans or chickpeas.
Sunflower seeds add a nutty flavor as well as Vitamin E and healthy fats.
Mushrooms give the burgers a meaty and umami flavor.
Almond flour helps bind the patty together without any grains or breadcrumbs.
Making lentil burgers is pretty easy, especially if you have cooked lentils on hand. I have a whole blog post on how to cook lentils, so you might want to check that out.
To make the burgers, simply combine the ingredients in a food processor.
Process on high until the lentils are broken down, about 60 seconds.
Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.
Form the mixture into burger patties.
Bake the burgers until they are golden brown.
Enjoy hot, with your choice of bun and toppings.
Lentils burgers have a mild flavor that goes well with typical burger toppings, such as lettuce, pickle, onion, tomato, mustard, ketchup, or whatever you like with your burger.
My recipe doesn’t have a ton of texture since it didn’t include oats or breadcrumbs, but the outside of the burger is crisp and the inside is moist and tender.
I highly suggest using only brown or green (not the French kind) of lentils for this recipe. Red or yellow lentils will be too mushy.
Recipes Tips & Substitutions
- You can serve whatever you like with a lentil burger, including a fresh green side salad, sweet potato fries, or whatever you like. I also like to make an easy tahini drizzle to go with the lentil burgers. To make the tahini sauce, just mix a few tablespoons of tahini with a tablespoon of warm water and some fresh lemon juice.
- Add a slice of vegan or regular sliced cheddar right when they come out of the oven for a gluten-free lentil cheeseburger.
- You can freeze these lentil burgers. Once completely cool wrap the patties in plastic wrap and freeze. Once ready to eat heat in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.
Other Plant-Based Main Dishes You Might Like
If you like this recipe, you might like these other plant-based recipes including:
- Black Bean Burgers with Chili Sweet Potato Wedges
- Vegan Roasted Broccoli Potato Soup
- Easy Vegan Lentil Coconut Curry
- 1 cup cooked brown lentils
- 1 regular egg or 1 vegan egg*
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 2 minced or crushed garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Combine the lentils, egg, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, almond flour, garlic, onion, olive oil, salt, and pepper in the base of a food processor.
- Process on high for about 45 seconds, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides. The lentils should be broken down almost completely.
- Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and then use your hands to form six patties. Don’t worry if the mixture is very wet, it will firm up as it bakes.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven for 35 minutes or until the tops are golden brown, flipping the patties once during the baking process.
- After 35 minutes, remove the baking sheet and let the patties cool for a few minutes before serving.
- VEGAN: *replace the egg with a flax egg made by combining 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 3 tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to thicken before using.
- Be sure to use green or brown lentils for this recipe. Do not use red or yellow lentils.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Main dish
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Plant-based
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Serving Size: 1 patty
- Calories: 211
- Sugar: 1.2 g
- Sodium: 208.6 mg
- Fat: 7.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 23.4 g
- Fiber: 4.5 g
- Protein: 11 g
- Cholesterol: 31 mg
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