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Millet, Sweet Potato and Lentil Veggie Burgers

Millet, Sweet Potato and Lentil Burgers

These Millet, Sweet Potato and Lentil Veggie Burgers are a delicious, healthy and light meal that are only about 400 calories each! Enjoy in a lettuce wrap for a filling meal that won't leave you feeling heavy!

For years I was so intimidated by the idea of making my own veggie burgers. For some reason it seemed really daunting and I figured I’d have to do a lot of research and testing to figure out a good recipe. I also felt like the frozen veggie burgers I bought at the store lacked taste and had a strange texture though, so I put my fears aside and went to work.

After not too long at all I ended up coming up with this sweet potato and black bean veggie burger, and was so excited to find that it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  They were also about 100 times more flavorful than the frozen ones, so I’ve never gone back.

These Millet, Sweet Potato and Lentil Veggie Burgers are a delicious, healthy and light meal that are only about 400 calories each! Enjoy in a lettuce wrap for a filling meal that won't leave you feeling heavy!

I’ve now made tons of different veggie burger recipes, but this millet, sweet potato and lentil version is one of my favorites so far!  It’s filling and packed with tons of flavor, but also light and healthy at the same time.  Each veggie burger comes in at about 400 calories, which makes it a great low calorie option for lunch or dinner.

The recipes makes eight veggie burgers, and they freeze well, so they’re great if you’re doing some meal prepping and you want to make a bunch ahead of time.  I’m finally getting into meal prep and find it so much easier to eat healthy when I have something quick and easy that I can just heat up.

Millet, Sweet Potato and Lentil Burgers

You’re welcome to eat these veggie burgers however you like, but they’re really light and healthy when you sandwich a patty them between some crispy lettuce and pile it high with other veggies.

Millet, Sweet Potato and Lentil Burgers

Millet, Sweet Potato and Lentil Veggie Burgers

Millet adds texture to these hearty burgers made with savory lentils and tender roasted sweet potatoes.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 burgers


  • 3/4 cups dry millet
  • 1/2 cup dry brown lentils or 1 (15 ounce) can cooked lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups peeled and diced sweet potato about 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper divided
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Cooking spray


  • In a medium sized pot, cover the lentils with 1 cup of water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the lentils are tender and water is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Set aside.
  • In another medium sized pot, add millet and cover with 1½ cups of water. Place over high heat and bring the water to a boil. Lower heat, and simmer until millet is cooked through and all water is absorbed, 25-30 minutes.
  • While the millet and lentils cook, preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange the diced sweet potatoes on a large sheet pan and drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil, then season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the sheet pan into the oven and roast until the sweet potatoes are fork tender, 25-30 minutes.
  • Place the millet into a food processor and blend until most of it is broken down but it still has some texture, about 10 seconds. Place millet into a large bowl and repeat the same steps with the lentils and then the sweet potatoes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix until everything is combined. It's easiest to use your hands. Form the mixture into 8 patties (about 1/2 cup each). The burgers can be cooked immediately or chilled in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The longer you refrigerate the burgers, the firmer they will be.
  • Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place it over medium heat.Cook the burgers until browned and warmed through, 3-5 minutes on each side. Enjoy burgers with your favorite toppings.
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  • Reply
    February 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

    These look delicious . . . . I’ve added them to next week’s meal plan. Cheers for a wonderful week ahead.

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      February 8, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them! I hope your week is great too 🙂

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    February 6, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Oh god! I am so hungry after seeing those beautiful pictures.

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      February 8, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy them if you give them a try 🙂

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    February 9, 2017 at 10:35 am

    These look delicious and like they hold together really well!!

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      February 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks, Sho! They really do hold together well and are so good! I think you would really love them 🙂

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    May 14, 2017 at 12:59 am

    I just wondered why you don’t cook the lentils and millet in the same pan to save time?

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    Steve Smrcina
    June 22, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Unclear how this can be a 15 min recipe as listed when cook time on ingredients is 25 minutes????

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      June 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      We’re having some trouble with the correct times displaying on our recipes at the moment. Sorry about that! We’re working on fixing it!

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