Sweet Potato-Lentil Burgers and Kale Pesto

24 Jul

I often rely on microwavable veggie patties for lunch when I’m rushed, but I want to eat foods that are whole and fresh so that I know exactly what I’m eating. These take a little time, but you’ll have lunch ready-made for the whole week. Plus they are perfectly well-rounded with a good balance of high-quality protein, carbs and fat to keep you satisfied.

This recipe is a shout out to a fellow WordPress blogger Wayfaringteacher.com, who inspired these burgers.


  • 2 small sweet potatoes – shredded
  • 1 large carrot – shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked lentils – drained
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp agave
  • lots of black pepper
  • 1 tbs EVOO


Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

  1. Mix the chia seeds with 1/4 cup of water and set aside. This will create a gel that replaces the egg.
  2. Cook and drain your lentils.
  3. Shred the potatoes and carrots together and heat in a pan with the oil for 5 minutes, just until soft.
  4. Grind almonds (and sunflower seeds together) if you don’t have almond meal. Put the meal, lentils, chia gel and agave into a food processor and process until mixed but slightly chunky.
  5. Combine the processed mixture into a bowl with the cooked vegetables and hand mix. If the mixture is too wet, add more almond meal, if it’s too dry add some water. If it’s too dry it will fall apart in the oven.
  6. Shape even patties from 1/4 cup mixture and back for 20 minutes on each side, until crispy.

Kale Pesto: an amazing pairing with these burgers. I was surprised how much this tastes like pesto sauce!


  • 3-4 cups of washed kale, steamed for 5 minutes
  • 1-2 tbs agave
  • 1 tbs dry basil
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Pulse all the ingredients in a blender until mixed and chunky. Top your burgers with this, along with some grilled onion, tomato, mushroom and bell peppers like I did 🙂


2 Responses to “Sweet Potato-Lentil Burgers and Kale Pesto”

  1. sarapolton July 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    That looks amazing! Great post!

  2. amyvltaylorv September 18, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Reblogged this on Amy Taylor Post.

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