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Vegan Lentil Mushroom Burgers

Lentil Mushroom Burger Recipe

Lentil Mushroom Burgers
As I mentioned last week, things have been a little hectic around here lately with the additional work I’m doing for my book. Luckily, my cookbook is for a very specific type of cooking, so while there are some recipes I come up with for the book that I really want to post on my blog too, there are a lot of recipes I come up with for the blog that wouldn’t be a good fit with the book. But even still, I spend a lot of time trying to think up new recipe ideas. This post was easy though, because it was your idea.

Well, okay, maybe not you you. But I’ve had some readers tell me they were making my meatball recipes into burgers. And I’ve had a few others ask me if it was something I thought would work out. I guess I could have just added a line to my Lentil Mushroom Meatballs post saying, “Oh, and by the way, you can make these into burgers too!” But I’m greedy for easy recipe ideas right now, so Lentil Mushroom Burgers are getting a full post.

Lentil Mushroom Burgers
I like texture in my veggie burgers, which makes forming patties (and getting them to stay together) a little bit tougher. It’s easy to get a burger to stick together when it’s made with pureed beans or veggies, but I don’t like the feeling of biting into those kinds of burgers—I want to see what’s in it, you know? (Yes, I am picky.) Baking is the best way I’ve found to cook the kinds of veggie burgers I like. There’s no flipping, no grates for the burger to fall through—it just works better.

We topped our burgers with the usual burger things like lettuce and pickles, cashew mayo, and caramelized onions. While you’re not going to mistake the texture of these patties for a beef burger (which, in my opinion, is a good thing!), the savory umami flavor from the mushrooms will definitely satisfy those of you who miss eating meat. I guess what I’m saying is that this isn’t a veggie burger that tastes like vegetables.

Last month I posted a recipe for Cauliflower Hummus Burgers and this month I’m posting these Lentil Mushroom Burgers because I’ve decided to do a burger recipe every month this summer. Woo hoo! It’s the summer of burgers! It’s like the summer of love, minus the hippies, plus delicious veggie burgers.


Vegan Lentil Mushroom Burgers

Lentil Mushroom Burger Recipe

Savory veggie burger patties made with lentils, mushrooms, and oats.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers


  • 1/2 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 oz white mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp red wine
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or mushroom broth
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 burger buns + lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and whatever else you like on your burgers


  1. Combine lentils, bay leaf, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. (Yes, the lentils will be undercooked—don’t cook them for the time indicated on the package!) Remove from heat, drain, and cool slightly. Discard bay leaf.
  2. Add mushrooms and lentils to food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds), stirring constantly. Stir in mushroom-lentil mixture. Cook for about 4 minutes or until browned, stirring constantly.
  4. Add red wine to skillet and cook until evaporated. Stir in broth, soy sauce, oats, and Italian seasoning. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or spray it with oil or cooking spray). Divide the burger mixture into 4 patties and pat them into shape on the baking sheet. You want them to be pretty tightly packed because that will help them hold their shape. Bake them for 20–30 minutes, or until the patties are browned and cooked through. Use a spatula to carefully transfer patties to buns, then top them with all of your fabulous burger toppings.

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  • Reply
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    June 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I LOVE the combination of mushrooms and lentils. I recently made lettuce wraps with the two and they turned out SO good. I cannot wait to try them in burger form :).

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      June 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Ooh, lettuce wraps with mushrooms and lentils sound so good!

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    Joy // For the Love of Leaves
    June 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Now I’m especially happy I bought mushrooms yesterday! I think this might be dinner.

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    June 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

    these look perfect. lentils are so great for veggie burgers. can’t wait to make these!

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    June 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Wow these look soooo good!! Must make soon!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    June 27, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I make a burger that is actually quite similar to this one (lentils and mushrooms are the stars). I love the flavours that you paired in your recipe. And I’m with you on the texture thing.. the more chunks the better.

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    Holly Waterfall
    June 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I have a love affair with lentils and love using them in burgers, meatballs, and meat loafs, so I know I’d love these. And I have to say, I love your creativity with your plates 🙂

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      June 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you! As soon as I saw those planks at the store, I had visions of photographing veggie burgers on them. 🙂

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    June 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

    My kind of burger!

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    June 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I love this recipe. I have made the meatballs a couple times now and I can’t wait to make it into a burger!

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      June 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      I hope you like them in burger form too! 😀

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    June 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I wouldn’t normally choose a lentil burger but yours looks great. Love the plate/platter that you’ve used in this photograph. Did you make those yourself or buy them? Holly

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    dixya| food, pleasure, and health
    June 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    i need to make this ASAP!

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    June 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I love the burger idea! And I adore the plates….very nice touch!

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    June 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    SO pumped! I made the lentil meatballs a few weeks ago and they were fantastic… can’t wait to try them in burger form!

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      June 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Well, if you loved them in meatball form, you will love them in burger form too! 😀

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    Maria Tadic
    June 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I love the combo of lentils and mushrooms – I always use it when I’m making burgers. Like you said, it totally gives it great texture and flavor. So satisfying!

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      June 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Yup, it’s meaty without being meaty. 🙂

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    June 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Holy moly I am SO excited about these. I’m already in love with the cauliflower burgers you posted last month…can’t wait for the monthly veggie burgs!

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      June 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Now that I said I’m doing monthly burgers, the pressure is on. 🙂 Maybe I should have left that part out!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    June 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    This is brilliant! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    June 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    We are totally on the same page – I made lentil mushroom ‘meatballs’ last weekend! And I’m right there with you with wanting texture in my burgers, I tried putting in a chia ‘egg’ to hold all the good stuff in place and it worked out really well, yum!
    P.S. Love the photos and the tree-trunk burger platter!

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      June 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      They’re actually the little planks of wood they sell to grill meat on. 😀 I saw them at Crate & Barrel and I immediately knew I could use them as a plate in my photos because I’m weird like that.

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    June 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Woo hoo for a veggie burger a month! I’m obsessed with veggie burgers. They’re so awesome. And these look incredible!

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    [email protected]
    June 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I’ll be making these soon!!

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    June 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Your photography is stunning! Awesome 🙂

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day
    June 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    One of my favorite places in KC to eat was a burger place and my favorite was not a beef burger but the spiced lentil burger…so good. I can’t wait to try this one!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    These look like such tasty burgers, love the seasonings you added!

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    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    June 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Kiersten, these look fantastic! I so agree – I’m not a fan of meatless burgers that try to pretend they’re hamburgers. So much better to have a hearty, chunky veggie burger filled with earthy mushrooms and other veggies that are perfectly happy just being veggies – no pretending to be meat! I am also totally stoked to try your cashew mayonnaise – I adore cashews and have a long-standing love affair with cashew cream sauce on pasta! Fabulous post! Love your blog – can’t wait to read more!

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      June 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Yes! I’m a sucker for remakes of meat-based dishes, but I still don’t want the taste and texture of meat in them. That just weirds me out.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    June 28, 2013 at 1:23 am

    My hubby’s been really into healthy burgers lately because he has a race coming up…he’d love this!!

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    [email protected]
    June 28, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Oh, these looks delicious! I love veggie burgers, and since it´s BBQ-season, I´ve been eating tons of it :p Beautiful pictures 🙂

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    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ
    June 28, 2013 at 5:05 am

    A scrumptious dish that I’m going to make this weekend: I’m a veggie burger lover! The combination lentils and mushrooms is new to me. It intrigues me so much!

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      June 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      I hope you like it! 😀

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