Lentil and Brown Rice Burgers {Veggie Burgers}


Serious wholesome goodness on a bun in Foods 1 today. Mrs. Brown demonstrated these lovely lentil and rice burgers using some whole food products, like dried lentils, whole grain brown rice, sauteed onions, rolled oats, whole wheat flour and some aromatic spices to awaken the senses.

She demonstrated small equipment up close and personal by using the food processor to mix the burgers and an electric skillet to fry the burgers. These two tools happen to be on the state exam questions 🙂 Also, the vitamins do lentils provided was shared during demo. Chock full of B vitamins and protein, these burgers were a hit!

Mrs. Brown offered a half burger to taste so we didn’t waste anything, but almost all students came back for their second half and some even wanted another.

IMG_0086You can see how golden and toasty they sautee in an electric skillet coated with olive oil.

IMG_0087The cheese melted perfectly once the lid enclosed these beauties for a minute or so.

IMG_0091And the inside was moist, flavorful, packed with a protein, yet so golden and crispy on the outside.

The were a sure hit.IMG_0089

It surprised students how bland lentils and brown rice could turn out so tasty with other ingredients.

Mission accomplished: Exposing students to a vegetarian dish, sharing lentils as a great source of protein and B vitamins and how to cook lentils and whole grain brown rice and quinoa. Quinoa is the suggested grain for this burger, but brown rice was substituted for economical reasons and they turned out fantastic.

Burger Recipe:


  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cook according to package instructions (we used brown rice cooked 30 minutes)
  • 1 cup cooked brown lentils, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup White Whole Wheat Flour or Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


1. Sauté onion in 2 teaspoons olive oil until tender, about 4 minutes.

2. Using a food processor, pulse all burger ingredients until coarsely mixed. Shape into 8 burger style patties. In a large skillet, on medium heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil, add patties and cook until brown on both sides, about 10-12 minutes. Enjoy with your favorite bun or roll, spread mustard and ketchup like we did. Or serve with all your favorite burger toppings.

3. These are freezer friendly.

Adapted from  http://skinnyms.com/quinoa-lentil-burgers/#VRuhfEYztOlYI8XL.99

How do you like your burgers?

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