down to earth. [mushroom lentil burgers w. arugula & goat cheese]

September 8th, 2012 by | comments


Hope everyone is having a great Saturday. Whether or not you’re a vegetarian, this “burger” is definitely worth making. It’s flavorful and complex–the bite of the Dijon mayonnaise compliments the earthy tasting patty, while the slightly crispy bun perfectly contrasts the creamy goat cheese and tender patty. It’s a healthy alternative to a hamburger with fewer calories. :)


1 tbsp. olive oil, divided

3/4 cup sweet onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

5 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted and divided

6 oz. presliced cremini mushrooms

1 cup black beluga lentils, precooked

6 tsp. Dijon mustard, divided

2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

3 tbsp. mayonnaise

1/2 cup baby arugula


Preheat broiler.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp. oil to pan, then add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is tender and translucent. Remove from heat.

Place 1 bun in a food processor and process until coarse crumbs form. Remove breadcrumbs from food processor; set aside.

Combine mushrooms, lentils, 2 tsp. mustard, thyme, pepper and salt in a food processor; pulse to combine.

Combine onion mixture, breadcrumbs, mushroom mixture and egg in a large bowl, stirring well. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, gently shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Heat a non-stick grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 tsp. oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add patties, cook for 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove patties from pan; arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle patties evenly with cheese. Place under broiler for 2 minutes or until cheese is softened.

Combine mayonnaise and remaining 4 tsp. mustard in a small bowl. Spread the top half of each of the remaining 4 buns with 2 tsp. mayonnaise mixture. Top each bottom half of bun with 1 patty. Divide arugula evenly among burgers; top with top half of bun, mayonnaise-coated side down.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

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  • ceciliag

    I have never been good at making patties with lentils but i will give this a try, we have two vegetarians in the family!! even though we meat eaters LOVE veges too.. great recipe.. c

  • Kristy

    This sounds so good Caroline! I love anything with mushrooms when it comes down to it and the flavors you topped this with are so rich and delicious! Not bad for a healthy burger at all. :) Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  • Choc Chip Uru

    An earthy flavoured thick burger? I think this would be quite the delightful lunch :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Sue/the view from great island

    Love this—I’m always on the lookout for a great new veggie burger!

  • annashortcakes

    This looks lovely! One question- how many lentils? I don’t see it listed. Am I just having a blind moment?

    • Caroline

      Ah shoot, thanks for catching that!! Just fixed it. :)

  • ChgoJohn

    This is one of the better looking burgers I’ve seen this Summer, Caroline. Seriously. Topping it off with the dijon mayo and goat cheese really makes it look irresistible.

    • Caroline

      Wow, thank you so much John!!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Always interested in a good veggie burger and this sounds great with the black lentils!!

  • Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    With lentil and goat cheese, this is a burger I know I would love too!

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    These look really good! I love the goat’s cheese topping too :)

  • Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    Nice looking “burger.” I’m digging the bun. Katherine says my whole wheat buns are too dense. Or did she call me dense? I can’t remember now!

  • rsmacaalay

    I love this, I tried a vegetarian burger before and its made out of mushrooms and lentils so I know this would taste great.

  • thecompletecookbook

    Fantastic looking burger Caroline – it even looks like a meat patty.
    :-) Mandy

  • egg me on

    I bet if you gave this to me without telling me it was mushrooms & lentils that I’d never eve know. Well done. That toasted bun looks awesome, especially in the top-down shot.

  • zestybeandog

    Wow this looks fabulous! I have been on a veggie burger kick lately and I’m flagging this one.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    You always know how to temp me with healthy things! This “burger” looks gorgeous!

  • Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    After making a lentil burger last year for my NFL recipe series, I’m no longer afraid of non-meat burgers. sounds delish!

  • My Inner Chick

    Ooo, this looks incredible.

    I’d def. order this out! x

  • Ashley@Bakerbynature

    I need to get more brave with lentils, I’m always a bit hesitant with them for some silly reason. This burger, though, looks like a great use of them ;)

  • Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)

    now that is a burger girl- WOW!

  • Christina

    This looks so good Caroline! I love the addition of the goat cheese! :)

  • Aimee@clevermuffin

    I’ve never quite mastered the non-meat patty, but I love lentils, so this is a good excuse to try again!