Recipe By MMEIST99
Published Apr 4th
Prep 15m Cook 35m Additional - Ready In 50m
Servings 8 servings Calories 195.1

Veggie burgers with a kick! My husband and I are not vegetarians at all, but we’re trying to cut down on the amount of chicken and meat we eat because it’s so expensive. Lentils do the job here: super cheap, super easy, super tasty! Serve on big buns with tomato slices, onion, ketchup, and avocado instead of mayo!

Recipe Ingredients

  • water to cover
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green chile pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil, divided

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Pour enough water into a pot that will cover lentils and wheat germ; bring to a boil. Add lentils and wheat germ, reduce heat, and simmer until lentils are tender, adding more water if needed, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pot from heat and cool slightly; mash lentil mixture until thick and lumpy.
  2. 2 Transfer mashed lentil mixture to a bowl. Mix onion, green bell pepper, mozzarella cheese, egg, green chile pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper into lentil mixture until thoroughly mixed; shape into 8 patties.
  3. 3 Heat about 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Lower heat to medium-high and cook 4 patties in the hot oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining oil and patties.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 195.1
  • Carbohydrate 19.8 g
  • Cholesterol 25.5 mg
  • Fat 9 g
  • Fiber 8.6 g
  • Protein 9.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.8 g
  • Sodium 34.6 mg
  • Sugar 1.2 g

Chef's Notes

Chicken or vegetable stock can be used in place of (or in addition to) water for boiling lentils and wheat germ; Cracked wheat can be used in place of wheat germ; Cheddar cheese or kashkawan cheese can be substituted for mozzarella cheese; Sunflower oil can be substituted for vegetable oil.


  1. These were "OK Good", but not delicious. I wish someone (anyone) would tell me why Wheat Germ was one of the included ingredients.
  2. I gave this recipe a rating of three only because the burgers were rather difficult to keep together. In fact, one time I ditched the idea of making burgers altogether and used the mixture as a sambousa filling. Those were tasty! Despite the failures of this recipe, I have now made them four times tweaking - Read more ...
  3. These were surprisingly really good!!! I think I 'd like mine in a pita pocket topped with yogurt or hummus. I made a few slight changes in that I left out the cheese used oats instead of what germ and ended up adding a few Tbs of flour to tighten it up. I cooked them - Read more ...
  4. Had to add another egg to this to even get any binding to it. Took three (3) days to make it. Flavor was flat had to use about 1/3 cup of a special blend of spices to even give it a hint of flavor. Better use of this recipe with spices adjusted would be as - Read more ...
  5. Best tasting veggie burger I have made everyone loved it.

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