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Vegan Lentil & Black Bean Chia Burgers

February 6, 2010

With roasted red peppers and broccoli…


I love this recipe for so many reasons. The outside of the burgers is crunchy, the inside is soft and tender. They freeze so well, they’re VERY economical and they’re adaptable to whatever you have on hand.

My meat loving parents even enjoyed these burgers- the liquid smoke and burnt skin of the bell pepper add that smoky, off the grill taste. If you’re craving summer, give these a go!


  • 2-3 tortillas, toasted (depending on size)
  • 15 oz can lentils (or 3/4 c. lentils, cooked)
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp organic vegetable bouillon base
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 cups broccoli florets*
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted*
  • 1 tsp xanthen gum (optional)
  • Salt, pepper and paprika
  • 1/3- 1/2 c. bread crumbs

Process together toasted tortillas and chia seeds. Add drained lentils, drained black beans, garlic, mustard, smoke, and bouillon. Process together. Add the broccoli florets, red pepper, xanthen gum (if using) and incorporate with food processor. Add salt, pepper and paprika to taste.

*Tenderness Scale:

Tougher: Skip broccoli and roasted red pepper, add xanthen

Medium Toughness: Skip roasted red pepper, add broccoli and xanthen

Tender: Add broccoli, roasted red pepper and xanthen gum

Very Tender: add broccoli and roasted red pepper, skip xanthen gum


Scoop 1/3 cup at a time of the mix onto waxed paper covered in bread crumbs. Roll to coat, flatten, and transfer to a pan to freeze.

Freeze the burgers for 30 minutes, then turn the broiler to high. Place on greased, foil lined baking sheet and either drizzle oil over top or mist with oil. Sprinkle with paprika and broil for 10- 15 minutes on each side.

*If you like your burgers tougher, leave in the oven when done cooking for 10-15 minutes.

Let leftovers cool and then transfer to a freezer bag. Freeze for future use.

To thaw:

Place in 400* oven for 10 minutes

OR defrost in microwave fro 2 minutes and then broil or toast to crisp outside

OR place in a hot skillet for 3-4 minutes per side.


Toast and process tortillas.

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Add chia, lentils and black beans.

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Add Dijon, smoke and bouillon.

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Add broccoli, xanthen gum, salt, pepper, paprika and roasted red pepper

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Drop patties onto bread-crumb lined waxed paper.

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Roll, roll, roll and freeze.


Broil on each side until the tops look crispy and delicious.

Serve on whole wheat rolls with Dijon mustard, tomato slices, arugula, and Sherry Mushrooms and Shallots.


These ended up costing about $.35/serving.



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12 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2010 6:31 am

    Oh Mae, thank you so much for posting this recipe 🙂

    I’m going to make these ASAP. Maybe I can convince my dad it’s a beef burger…lol.

    I’m again going to suggest that you write a cookbook for you are a culinary master!!

  2. February 6, 2010 7:08 am

    Mae, thank you so much for posting this recipe!! So unique and healthy. I love the addition of the chia seeds!!

  3. February 6, 2010 7:56 am

    Your step by step photos are fabulous! This looks like an excellent recipe. 🙂

  4. February 6, 2010 9:33 am

    How do you get such great action shots?

    Also, I’ve never had a crunchy burger despite all the meat-free ones I’ve had. That one looks great.

  5. February 6, 2010 7:29 pm

    Wow, those look like store bought veggie burgers! lol. I’m amazed.

  6. February 6, 2010 7:34 pm

    Holy yummmm girl!

  7. February 6, 2010 10:06 pm

    Thank you for posting the recipe for the veggie burger 🙂 I’ve never made one from scratch. I must try this!

  8. February 6, 2010 11:14 pm

    Looks delicious! i’m glad you included the how to freeze and re-cook part!

  9. February 7, 2010 2:40 am

    These look great! I’ve been hooked on your humnut cheese recently, by the way…thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. February 7, 2010 7:30 am

    These burgers are a MUST (once I get some lentils – haha).

  11. February 9, 2010 3:10 am

    I love most veggie burgers and love all homeade ones. Thanks for the photos and recipe. I also love that you used the broccoli stems as fries. I sometimes use mine for juice, I would love to try the fries!

  12. May 20, 2010 10:41 pm

    I’ve never had my own chia pet or chia head or whatnot, but they look cool on TV. I just eat the seeds and I swear, they help sooo much as far as energy and feeling good throughout the day goes. I honestly started feeling so much better on a day-to-day basis after I started putting them in my smoothies about a year ago. The one’s I get are Chia Pure. Chia Seeds Right Now they are even buy 1
    get 1 free!

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