What do we mean by simple? A patty with only 7 ingredients! And one is water so many would say 6 ingredients. If you’re more of the “mild” type, leave out the red pepper flakes and you’re down to 5!
Lentil patties are great for crowds or for having day after day because they can be completely personalized. The traditionalist may prefer greens, tomato, mustard and ketchup. Favorite toppings at our house are greens, peppers and guacamole. If you want to get fancy, our Better-than-Cheese Spread is highly recommended. When laziness hits they sometimes just get a few dashes of hot sauce. I’ve also enjoyed these over many salads with this Easy Balsamic Dressing.
Like beans, lentils offer filling fiber and protein. They’re known to feed the good bacteria in the gut, promoting digestive health. Also, if you’re new to eating legumes or find that they make you gassy, starting with lentils can help. Most people find them easy to tolerate. And a bonus, unlike beans, they don’t require pre-soaking and only take about 20-30 minutes to cook.
To enjoy more lentils, check out these 9 Lentil Recipes we Love.
I added up the cost of this recipe and was once again shocked at how affordable plant-based eating is. ??? For a batch of these plant-based patties the total cost was just $1.96 (based on prices here in Indiana). Divide that by 10 and you’re looking at under 20 CENTS PER PATTY! A walk-by at the meat counter told me that ground beef is on sale for $3.49 per pound – and this typically makes 3-4 small patties.
It’s a win-win: good for your health, good for the wallet!
Plant-Based Simple Lentil Patties
- Immersion Blender
- 1.5 cups dry lentils, rinsed (brown or green), or 2, 15 oz. cans of lentils, drained
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup salsa (your favorite)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- toppings (greens, onion slices, pepper slices, guacamole, mustard, ketchup, etc.)
- Place lentils and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and let cook for 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender and no water remains. *If you're using canned lentils, skip this step and pour drained lentils into a large bowl.1.5 cups dry lentils, rinsed (brown or green), or 2, 15 oz. cans of lentils, drained, 3 cups water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Remove lentils from heat. With an immersion blender, blend until over half of the lentils are mashed. Leave some lentils intake. You can also do this with a potato masher.
- Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine.1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 cup salsa (your favorite), 1 cup rolled oats, 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- Coat 2 large baking sheets with oil, use parchment paper, or use nonstick baking sheets. Form mixture into patties and place on baking sheets.
- Bake for 25 minutes, flip, and then bake for 15 minutes.
- Enjoy on a whole grain bun with your favorite toppings or on a bed of greens
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