Lentil and Mushroom Burgers

Lentil and Mushroom Burgers

This burger recipe is based on a recipe from Scott Jurek, one of the most dominant ultra marathon runners in the world. In 2010 Scott set a U.S. record for running 165.7 miles in 24 hours. That’s well over 6 marathons in case anyone was wondering. He sometimes brings a few burgers on training runs. They taste really good.


200 grams dried green lentils

600 ml water

1 large onion finely chopped

3 garlic cloves minced

1 small bunch of fresh parsley finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon of dried)

100 grams of breadcrumbs

100 grams finely chopped walnuts (I used a blender to blitz a 100 gram bag)

250 grams finely chopped mushrooms

50 grams ground flax seeds

100 grams de-stemmed and finely chopped kale

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil


How to Make?

Put the lentils and water into a small pot and bring the lentils to the boil. Partially cover, and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, until lentils are soft and the water has been absorbed. If the water dries out before the lentils are cooked, a little more can be added.

Combine the walnuts, bread crumbs, flax seeds, nutritional yeast, parsley, salt, pepper and paprika in a bowl and mix well.

Sauté the onion, garlic, mushrooms and kale in some of the oil for 8 minutes and set aside.

When the lentils are cooked, remove them from the heat, add the vinegar and mustard, and mash them with a potato masher until they form a thick paste.

Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well, then put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Form burger shaped patties of the mixture using your hands. The mix should make approximately 8 to 10 burgers depending on how big you make them.

Burgers can be grilled, baked in the oven, or fried. Baking time is approximately 18 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius, turing the burgers after 10 minutes. Grilling time is around 10 minutes, turning the burgers half way through. For frying time, burgers can be fried in a little oil for approximately 4 minutes on either side.

*Flax seeds (also called linseeds) can be bought whole and then ground as required in a coffee grinder. This is my preferred method, since if I buy the ground version, the seeds can go rancid by the time I finish the bag.

*Kale is a super nutritious food and can also be substituted by spinach leaves, also a super nutritious food.

*Use mushroom variety of your choosing. Many varieties of mushrooms have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.