Big Ben’s Lentil Burgers

Recipe from the article: Fall in Love With Vegan

Big Ben's Lentil Burger
Photo: Sarah Kramer

My Mum used to make this recipe when we were kids. We called them Big Ben’s Burgers because my younger brother Ben was a miniature human garbage disposal with a big appetite. This was his favourite meal as a kid.


  • ¾ cup wheat germ
  • 2 cups cooked or canned lentils
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup onions, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper


On a small plate, set aside 2 Tbsp. of wheat germ for coating.

In a medium bowl, mix together the wheat germ, lentils, bread crumbs, onions, oil, salt and pepper and mash together with a potato masher or your hands. Divide and shape into 4 patties like you’re making a snowball. Really pack the patties tightly together. Lay down each patty in reserved wheat germ, coating each side. Cook in a lightly oiled frying pan on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes, flipping occasionally.

Serve an all-vegan patty with special sauce, lettuce, vegan-cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame bun! YUM! Makes 4 patties.

Nutrition facts per serving (sans bun): Calories 387; Fat 13.2g; Carbs 53.3g; Protein 13.8g.

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