There are more ways to add plant foods to your burger than just tossing on a little lettuce, tomato, and onion. This lentil-based weeknight staple is key for anyone who’s looking to reduce their red meat intake. Lentils are a powerhouse of protein and fiber, packed with powerful phytonutrients. Bring these burgers up another notch by making this delicious lemon garlic tahini sauce – and you’ll be sold! Serve these yummy burgers on top of your favorite salad drizzled with sauce for a plant-packed meal that the whole family will enjoy. 

Burger Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups dried red lentils (or any lentils you have on hand!) 
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced 
  • ⅓ cup carrots, grated (about 3 small) 
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste 
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped 
  • 1 tsp. salt 
  • ½ tsp. black pepper 

Sauce Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup tahini 
  • Zest & juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 Tbsp. water 
  • ¼ cup cilantro 
  • ¼ cup parsley 
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 
  • ½ tsp. salt 
  • ½ tsp. black pepper 


  • Large bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Silicone mat or parchment paper
  • Bowl
  • Blender or food processor 


  1. Pour lentils into a large bowl. Add water to the bowl until there is enough to cover the lentils by about 2 inches. Soak the lentils for about 2 hours and drain thoroughly. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 
  3. Add all of the burger ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are well combined and the mixture holds together, scraping the sides of the canister as needed. 
  4. Shape the patties: Scoop out ¼ cup of the mixture at a time. Shape into patties, about ½ inch thick. 
  5. Bake the patties for 10 minutes. Flip them over after 10 minutes and bake for about 10 minutes, or until crispy on both sides. 
  6. For the sauce: Pulse all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add additional water if needed to thin the sauce. 
  7. Serve lentil burgers on buns, in lettuce wraps, or overtop of your favorite salad drizzled with lemon garlic tahini sauce! 

By: Aubrey Redd, MS, RDN, LDN 

Recipe Adapted from Cooking for Peanuts