(makes 8-10 burgers)


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 225g green lentils, boiled for 25-30 mins and drained 
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 6 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt + pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g white breadcrumbs
  • White seasoned flour
  • Oil for shallow frying 


  • Heat oil in frying pan, saute the garlic, onion, carrots and celery for 10-12 mins over a medium heat until softened and lightly browned. 
  • Add the lentils, spices, parsley, lemon juice and seasoning. Cook for 5 mins. 
  • Put lentil mixture into a food processor, add the egg and breadcrumbs and puree until it holds together but still has a coarse texture. 
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl. Cover a baking tray with silicone paper. With wet hands shape the mix into burgers and dip in seasoned flour. Place them on the baking sheet, cover and chill for 30 mins. 
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan. Cook burgers in batches for 5-7 mins each side. Drain on kitchen paper. 
  • Serve in burger bun if you like, with cucumber and yogurt raita or mayonnaise with a little roasted and ground coriander, chips, and green salad.