Healthy burger and fries

Sometimes I want to cook something that is quick but is not meat or pasta. Something healthy and possibly vegetarian, but not quite rabbit food like salad. And more often than not I feel like I am always eating the same things and my diet is not varied enough. And then a light goes off in my head: legumes!

And then I decide to make burgers! But not your regular beef burger, or its lighter and often much drier cousin the turkey burger, but a truly delicious vegetarian burger. And for vegetarian burger nothing works better than lentils. I find that chickpeas tend to be too dry and beans are a bit too soft, but lentils are the perfect medium.

Vegetarian burger and fries (1)

And this time I also made oven fries and homemade balsamic vinegar ketchup. Basically a fast food meal without much of the trans fats, sugars and chemicals.

Vegetarian burgers with oven fries and balsamic vinegar ketchup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings


    Vegetarian burgers:
  • 2 cups cooked lentils (from can or home cooked)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4-1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Oven fries:
  • 2 large potatoes or 4 small ones
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper (optional)
  • rosemary (optional)
  • sage (optional)
  • Balsamic vinegar ketchup:
  • 1/2 cup chopped canned tomatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar


    Vegetarian burger:
  1. If you are using canned lentils rinse them well, if you are cooking them specifically for the recipe add a bit of garlic or onion to the lentils while cooking for added flavor and over- rather than under-cook them.
  2. Blend the cooked lentils and mix them with the egg and enough breadcrumbs to keep the mixture from sticking. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Form into 4 patties and grill or cook in a non stick pan without adding any fat 10 minues per side. You can also cook them in the oven, remembering to flip them half way through cooking.
  4. Serve hot.
  5. Oven fries:
  6. Cut the potatoes into wedges and place them on an aluminum oven dish.
  7. Add just enough olive oil to cat them (about 1 tbsp). If using, add sage, rosemary and pepper and mix well.
  8. Place in a 375F oven for about 30 minutes or until soft. For extra crispiness turn on the broiler for the last 5 minutes.
  9. Add salt and serve hot.
  10. Balsamic vinegar ketchup:
  11. In a small pot mix all the ingredients (adding more or less of the sugar and the vinegar depending on the acidity of the tomatoes) and cook until reduced (15-30 minutes).

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4 Responses to Healthy burger and fries

  1. I love lentils any way you can make them and this sounds delightful—although I would be tempted to turn the lentil mixture into deep fried fritters. So much for a healthy alternative, lol!

  2. Oh I love a good vegetarian burger and I agree, this is for when you don’t feel like salad but you want something healthy! 😀

  3. Now, if I had known you were making this I would have forced you to invite me over for lunch now that we are so close! ;o)

  4. Elly says:

    Direi una cenetta davvero invitante!!! Da provare soprattutto gli hamburger di lenticchie! Mi ispirano!!

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