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Lentil burgers are a tasty and inexpensive substitute for meat patties. You’ll be surprised by howsimilar 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 toprovide adequate vitamin D, so we need a supplement. Unless you drink at least 2 cups (500 mL) of milk orfortified soy beverage each day, you likely need a calcium supplement. People over 50 need largeramounts of both vitamin D and calcium. If you are a vegan and do not drink fortified soy beverage, you willalso need a vitamin B12 supplement.

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1 patty (110 g)


  • 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) waterand 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 onboth sides. Top each with cheese. 


Recipe reprinted with permission from Canada’s 250 Essential Diabetes Recipes, Sharon Zeiler, RobertRose Inc., 2011,


Nutritional Information Per 1 patty (110 g)
Amount % Daily Value
Calories 190
Fat 8 g 11 %
Saturated 3 g
+ Trans 0 g
15 %
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 490 mg 21 %
Carbohydrate 22 g 7 %
Fibre 4 g 14 %
Protein 8 g

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