Make These Protein-Packed Lentil Patties for a Healthy Dinner!

Looking for a healthy, protein-packed snack that is as delicious as it is easy to make? You have got to try these red lentil patties! They are super easy to whip up with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Plus, they are gluten-free and vegan, so everyone can enjoy them. Trust me, once you taste these, they will become your new go-to snack!

Check out the easy lentil patties recipe video below to learn how to make a quick, healthy, and protein-packed snack.

Why I Love These Lentil Patties

Let me tell you why these lentil patties are a hit in my house. They are super tasty with just the right amount of spice, and the texture is perfect—crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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What I love most is how versatile and nutritious they are. These patties are packed with protein and fiber, making them a great, filling option for dinner. They are also gluten-free and vegan, so everyone can enjoy them. Plus, they are budget-friendly, which is always a win!

My kids love them too, and they are a great alternative when you want something different from meat. These lentil patties are a cheap, nutritious, and delicious dinner option that we keep coming back to. I think you will enjoy them just as much!

Best Lentils For This Recipe

best lentils for lentil patties recipe

For these lentil patties, red lentils are my go-to choice. They cook quickly and have a mild, slightly sweet flavor that blends perfectly with the spices in the recipe. Plus, they get soft enough to bind the patties together nicely without needing too much additional work.

Most supermarkets have them or you can get these organic ones on Amazon below.

365 by Whole Foods Market, Organic Red Lentils, 16 Ounce

However, you can also use green or brown lentils if you prefer a firmer texture. They have a slightly earthier taste and hold their shape better, which can add a bit more bite to your patties. Just keep in mind that they take a bit longer to cook than red lentils.

Experiment with different types to find your favorite, but red lentils are a great place to start for this recipe.

Read Also: Do You Really Need To Rinse Lentils Before Cooking?

Easy Lentil Patties Recipe

Recipe by Jen Evansy
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Course: Snacks, AppetizersCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Ready to whip up something healthy and delicious? Let us make some red lentil patties that are nutritious and super easy to prepare. They are packed with protein, fiber, and flavor, perfect for any meal of the day. Plus, they are naturally gluten-free and vegan! Let us get started – you will love how tasty these patties turn out!

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  • 1 1/2 cups (285 grams) dried red lentils

  • 3 cups (720 milliliters) cold water for soaking

  • 1 large Shallot, peeled and chopped

  • 2 Cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

  • 1 Medium carrot, peeled and grated

  • 1 Small bunch parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper

  • 1 tbsp Tomato puree

  • Cooking oil for frying


  • Soaking the Lentils: Place 1 1/2 cups (285 grams) of dried red lentils in a large bowl. Cover with 3 cups (720 milliliters) of cold water and let soak for 2 hours.Soaking the Lentils in a bowl
  • Draining of the Lentils: After soaking for two hours, pour the lentils into a sieve to drain the water.

    Let them sit in the sieve for a few minutes, allowing all the excess water to completely drain out. Transfer the drained lentils to a food processor.

    If you do not have a food processor, you can use an immersion blender to blend the lentils directly in the bowl.Draining of the Lentils
  • Preparing and Adding Vegetables: Peel and chop 1 large shallot into small pieces. If using an immersion blender, ensure the shallot is finely chopped.

    Add the shallot to the food processor with the lentils. Crush 2 cloves of garlic using the flat side of a knife, roughly chop them, and add to the food processor.

    Peel and grate 1 medium carrot, then add it to the food processor. Finely chop a small bunch of parsley and add it to the food processor as well.slicing of garlic in preparation of vegetable
  • Blending the Mixture: Blend the ingredients in the food processor for 1 to 2 minutes until the mixture is smooth yet thick enough to form into patties. Scoop the lentil mixture into a large mixing bowl.blending the mixture
  • Seasoning the Mixture: Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of tomato puree to the lentil mixture. Stir until everything is well combined.seasoning the mixture in a bowl
  • Forming the Patties: Using your hands, shape the mixture into patties of your desired size.Forming the Patties
  • Cooking the Lentil Patties: Heat some cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Carefully place the patties in the pan.

    Fry the patties for about 4 minutes on one side until golden and crispy. Carefully flip them and fry for another 3 to 4 minutes until both sides are browned and cooked through.Cooking the patties
  • Serving: Serve the patties hot. Enjoy your healthy, protein-rich snack!Serving the patties

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  • Preparation: Soak red lentils for 2 hours before cooking to soften them.
  • Equipment: Use a food processor or immersion blender to blend the lentils and other ingredients into a smooth, thick mixture.
  • Make-Ahead and Storage: You can prepare the lentil mixture in advance and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before shaping and frying.
  • Texture Tip: If the lentil mixture is too wet to shape into patties, you can add breadcrumbs or flour to absorb excess moisture.

Nutrition Facts

  • Total number of serves: 5
  • Calories: 205kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Fat: 2.5g

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Storing and Enjoying Your Red Lentil Patties

You can store your red lentil patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. These patties are delicious cold, perfect for a quick snack or packed lunch.

However, if you prefer them warm, you can reheat them in a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes on each side, or pop them in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Enjoy them any way you like!

Discover More Yummy Lentil Goodness!

If you are loving these tasty and nutritious homemade lentil patties, you have got to check out my recipe for healthy and scrumptious lentil bread rolls here. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Let’s Talk Lentils!

Got a question or comment about these delicious and nutritious lentil patties? I would love to hear from you! Drop your thoughts below the recipe article or in the YouTube video section—I check there often. Thank you! Jen

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About Jen Evansy

Nutritionist, researcher, avid home cook, and writer interested in everything nutrition and food-related. Striving to inform, encourage, and inspire all the readers to make healthy and informed choices when it comes to cooking, food, diet, and nutrition.