National Burger Day is this Sunday, May 28th. Lentil Walnut Veggie Burgers with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce are hearty enough for a carnivore! You may even need a knife!
Move over meat! There’s a new burger in town!
These spicy, Mediterranean-inspired Lentil Walnut Veggie Burgers make a healthful and satisfying meatless option for flame-kissed meals all summer long.
Brown lentils are packed with fiber, protein and iron along with lots of other great stuff. Walnuts add additional texture and contain healthful omega fatty acids. Can you say that about a beef burger?
Before preparing any lentil dish, it’s a really good idea to look them over carefully for any debris. A white paper plate works perfectly for this process. Place some on the plate, spread them out to better examine them and remove any funky things you see such as stones, shriveled lentils or stem pieces.
The paper plate makes it easy to then “funnel” the lentils into a sieve for a good rinse before cooking. If the lentils you’re using are older, they’re going to take longer to cook because they have lost moisture. Yes, even something like a dried lentil is going to still have some moisture in it.
After everything is cooked and combined, I like to use an immersion blender to puree the lentil and vegetable mixture rather than place it in a food processor. The reason is I can better control how much to puree the mixture AND I don’t have to wash out my food processor before making the Avocado Tzatziki Sauce.
Most homemade vegetarian burgers are rather fragile in an uncooked state.
I’ve made these Lentil Walnut Veggie Burgers several times over the years and they can be done on a conventional outdoor grill. However, you’ll need a vegetable grill rack and you’ll need to be very careful handling them. Be sure to use indirect heat because of the nuts. Burned nuts are awful!
I cheat a little bit to get the gorgeous grill marks you see here. I bake them first, then pop them onto a grill pan.
And then this Avocado Tzatziki Sauce! It’s so cool and refreshing with these spicy Lentil Walnut Veggie Burgers!
Serve with fresh, crunchy lettuce, tomato, red onion, broccoli sprouts, more avocado and oh my! You’ll need a knife to eat this one!
Enjoy and Happy National Burger Day! For more great veggie burger recipes, check out my latest Community Table Post – 10 Vegetarian Burgers Fit For a Carnivore!
I’ve got lots more vegetarian meals so be sure to visit my special Vegetarian and Meatless Collection!
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Serving Size 1 burger
Amount Per Serving Calories 478Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 25mgSodium 520mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 10gSugar 7gProtein 23g