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Indian Spiced Lentil Burgers with Cilantro Chutney Recipe

Indian Spiced Lentil Burgers with Cilantro Chutney Recipe

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How To Make Indian Spiced Lentil Burgers with Cilantro Chutney

These lentil burgers come with a vegetarian patty, leafy greens, and cucumber, plus a dollop of cilantro jalapeno chutney, sandwiched between golden buns.

Preparation: 35 minutes
Cooking: 12 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 17 minutes



For the Chutney:

  • 2cupscilantro,(½ small bunch), stems and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1smalljalapeno pepper,seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 3tbsplime juice,(from about 1 lime)
  • 1tbspoil
  • ¼tsptable salt

For the Burgers:

  • 1cupdry red lentils
  • 2tsptable salt,divided
  • ½red onion,thickly sliced
  • 1clovegarlic,sliced
  • ginger root,(2-inch), unpeeled, cut into thin slices
  • 1medium carrot,thinly sliced
  • 2tbspolive oil,plus more for broiling the burgers
  • 1tspground turmeric
  • 1tspground coriander
  • ½tspground cumin
  • 2large eggs
  • 6tbspfine dry breadcrumbs

For Serving:

  • 4hamburger buns,or similar rolls
  • 4tbspGreek yogurt
  • 1cucumber,thinly sliced
  • 4lettuce leaves,or a handful of sprouts, or greens of choice


  1. In a food processor, puree the cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, 1 tablespoon oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt until slightly smooth”, scraping down the sides of the bowl 2 or 3 times. The mixture will still have some texture but should be predominately smooth. 

  2. Transfer to a small bowl. Don’t wipe out the food processor as it will be used later in the recipe.

  3. Spread the lentils on a baking sheet and pick out small stones or pieces of dirt if there are any. Place them in a sieve and run them under cold water to rinse them. Drain. 

  4. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of water and 1 teaspoon salt, and the lentils to a boil. Adjust the heat to a low boil and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until tender but not mushy. 

  5. At this point, they should still hold their shape somewhat, though the outer husks may have separated. Drain well in a fine-mesh colander or sieve. 

  6. While the lentils are cooking and draining, pulse the onion, garlic, ginger, and carrot in the food processor until finely chopped.

  7. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chopped vegetables and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until softened.

  8. Add the turmeric, coriander, cumin, and ¾ teaspoon salt and cook for 30 seconds to bloom the spices. Turn off the burner and remove the pan from the heat.

  9. Stir the well-drained lentils into the still-warm vegetables in the skillet. With a fork or potato masher, mash about half the mixture, leaving the other half intact.

  10. Clear a space on one side of the skillet and add the eggs. Beat them well with a fork, and stir them into the lentils. Add the breadcrumbs and stir again. Let the mixture cool enough to handle and form into patties.

  11. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly brush it with oil. Form the lentil mixture into 4 patties that are about 4-inches across.

  12. Refrigerate the patties, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

  13. Set a rack 4 inches from the broiler element and preheat the broiler. Brush the tops with oil.

  14. Broil for 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown. Turn carefully, brush with more oil, and brown on the other side for another 5 to 6 minutes.

  15. On 4 buns, place the burgers. Spread each with about 1 tablespoon of the chutney and dollop 1 tablespoon of yogurt on top.

  16. Top with sliced cucumbers and lettuce or greens of choice.


  • Calories: 508.12kcal
  • Fat: 16.62g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.21g
  • Trans Fat: 0.02g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.77g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.40g
  • Carbohydrates: 68.89g
  • Fiber: 8.46g
  • Sugar: 8.16g
  • Protein: 23.22g
  • Cholesterol: 95.39mg
  • Sodium: 685.40mg
  • Calcium: 173.16mg
  • Potassium: 741.88mg
  • Iron: 6.75mg
  • Vitamin A: 209.14µg
  • Vitamin C: 16.44mg
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