Black Lentil Pumpkin Veggie Burgers

Black Lentil Pumpkin Burgers Recipe

servings: 6 – 8 patties

prep time: 40 minutes

cook time: 10 minutes

total time: 50 minutes


  • 1 cup black beluga lentils (uncooked, dry)
  • 2 cups filtered water (boiling)
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup all-natural pumpkin puree
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon mustard
  • ½ cup oat flour (or whole wheat flour)
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • canola or olive oil (for frying patties)


Step 1: In a small pot, bring two cups of water to a boil. Once the water boiling, add beluga lentils, a hefty pinch of sea salt, and a light drizzle of olive oil. Cover pot, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 25 minutes.

Step 2: While the lentils are cooking, peel and chop the onion and garlic cloves.

Black Lentil Pumpkin Veggie Burgers - Step 2

Step 3: Heat olive oil in a large skillet, over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes, or until soft and fragrant. Then, add garlic, saute for an additional 3 minutes. Turn off heat and allow skillet to reach room temp.

Black Lentil Pumpkin Veggie Burgers - Step 3

Step 4: In a food processor, blend together cooked lentils (slightly cooled), onions and garlic (room temperature), pumpkin puree, oat flour, wheat germ, panko bread crumbs, soy sauce, mustard, oregano, and salt & pepper. Mixture should be smooth, and well incorporated.

Black Lentil Pumpkin Veggie Burgers - Step 4 Black Lentil Pumpkin Veggie Burgers - Step 4A

Step 5: Form mixture into patties. (Aim for patties that have a diameter of about 4 inches and are 1 about inch thick.)

Step 6: Heat cooking oil in a large non stick skillet, add patties, and cook each side for about 3 – 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Black Lentil Pumpkin Veggie Burgers - Step 6

Step 7: Customize, and assemble burgers with desired ingredients. I love my burgers loaded with mustard, sliced avocado, red onion, and microgreens! Enjoy!

Black Lentil Pumpkin Veggie Burgers - Step 7

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