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Serving size 5
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6 cup water1 cup brown lentil or green French lentil (see ingredient note)2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided¾ cup finely chopped carrot2 finely chopped medium shallot1 finely chopped celery¼ cup sliced almond1 tsp chopped fresh thyme½ tsp salt¼ tsp freshly ground pepper1 large egg yolk, beaten1 Tbsp lemon juice


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in lentils, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until very tender and beginning to break down, about 25 minutes for brown lentils or 30 minutes for green lentils. Drain in a fine-mesh sieve.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrot, shallots and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add almonds, thyme, salt and pepper; continue cooking until the almonds are lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a food processor; add 1 cup of the cooked lentils. Pulse several times, scraping down the sides once or twice, until the mixture is coarsely ground. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the remaining lentils. Let cool for 10 minutes. Mix in egg yolk and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Form the lentil mixture into 5 patties. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn gently and continue to cook until lightly browned and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve immediately.


Ingredient Note: French green lentils are smaller and firmer than brown lentils. They cook more quickly, too, about 20 minutes. They can be found in natural-foods stores and some larger supermarkets.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 5 Total

  • Calories 228
  • Calories from fat 90
  • Total Fat 10gm 15%
  • Saturated Fat 1gm 5%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 6gm
  • Sodium 268mg 11%
  • Fiber 7gm 28%
  • Protein 10gm
  • Cholesterol 41mg 14%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Sandwich, Burger, Main Dish, Dinner, Gluten Free, Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegetarian, Bean & Legume, American, Skillet, Picnic, Entertaining

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