Lentil, Quinoa, and Mushroom Sliders

January 15, 2012


I’ve been working hard on a new recipe for veggie burgers. I usually make them with chickpeas, but my husband doesn’t like the texture. They tend to be somewhat dry. But he likes lentils, and lentils have a smoky, almost meaty taste. And the texture is ideal. Makes sense to use them in a veggie burger. In this case, I made sliders and added quinoa for a bit extra texture and protein.


Ingredients: (makes about 10 sliders or 5 burgers)

1 cup dried lentils (cook until tender and drain)

1/2 cup dried quinoa (cook and drain)

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 egg

1 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon honey

1 Tablespoon dijon mustard

dash salt and pepper

swiss cheese (to melt on top of the sliders)

Directions: After preparing the lentils and quinoa, combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.


Form the mixture into small patties and place in a heated skillet. The egg helps hold the mixture together, but it won’t be as sticky as ground beef, so you’ll have to be gentle when forming the patties and when flipping them in the pan. (Start with one egg,. If the mixture isn’t sticky enough to bind together, add a second egg.)


Cook patties for about 4 minutes (on high heat) on each side. The sides should start to brown and crisp up.


Melt a slice of swiss cheese on top.


You could serve these on a bun with all the fixins, but I served mine on a leaf of bibb lettuce with a side of pickled okra and some spicy mustard. You could also serve these on top of a leafy green salad.

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laura @ spicybuddha.com July 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

These look deeelicious! Cannot wait to try this recipe out…

Emily (Edible Psychology) January 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

Ooh yum! These sound outstanding! I may have to add these to my weekend menu… :-)

Amy (Savory Moments) January 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

I like these veggie burgers! I like that they aren’t full of soy and gluten like most veggie burgers.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

Agreed! I typically make my own veggie burgers to avoid processed soy.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet January 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Love these! They are so cute as sliders and sound delicious.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm

These looks delicious! I love that you added a touch of honey – wonderful idea.

Campbell January 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm

You’re so smart

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Thanks, lady! These might even be Paleo friendly.

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