Lentil burgers are a tasty and inexpensive substitute for meat patties. You’ll be surprised by how similar the flavor is.


We often hear that we can get all the nutrients we need from a well-balanced diet. This is frequently untrue. For example, throughout most of North America, the sun is not strong enough for much of the year to provide adequate vitamin D, so we need a supplement. Unless you drink at least 2 cups (500 mL) of milk or fortified soy beverage each day, you likely need a calcium supplement. People over 50 need larger amounts of both vitamin D and calcium. If you are a vegan and do not drink fortified soy beverage, you will also need a vitamin B12 supplement.

Makes 5 servings
Cooking time: n/a


  • 1  can (19 oz/540 mL) brown lentils, drained and rinsed 1
  • 2/3 cup  dry bread crumbs  150 mL
  • ¼ cup  finely chopped onion  60 mL
  • ¼ cup  finely chopped celery  60 mL
  • ½ tsp  salt  2 mL
  • ½ tsp  freshly ground black pepper  2 mL
  • 1 tsp  Worcestershire sauce  5 mL
  • 1 tbsp  vegetable oil  15 mL
  • ½ cup  shredded Cheddar or Swiss cheese  125 mL


  1. In a large bowl, mash lentils. Stir in bread crumbs, onion, celery, salt, pepper, 1/3 cup (75 mL) water and Worcestershire sauce until well blended. Form into five ¾-inch (2 cm) thick patties.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook burgers for about 5 minutes per side or until browned on both sides. Top each with cheese. 


Canada’s Choice per Serving: 1 Carbohydrate, 1 Meat & Alternatives, 1 Fat

Recipe reprinted with permission from Canada’s 250 Essential Diabetes Recipes, Sharon Zeiler, Robert Rose Inc., 2011, http://www.robertrose.ca

Nutritional Information

Per Serving
Calories 196
Total fat 7 g
Saturated fat 3 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Sodium 465 mg
Carbohydrates 23 g
Fiber 3 g
Protein 10 g

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