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Lentil Cheese Burgers

Coriander, cumin, and smoked paprika add a tasty spin to these easy, gluten free lentil cheese burgers. Enjoy them with a light salad or on lettuce leaves or a bun with all the fixings.

Castello-Havati Lentil & Dill-Cheese Burgers @RunninSrilankan

“Comfort food” – those two words can conjure up thoughts of so many different belly-rumbling pleasures for each of us. This evening, a chap from a tree service company I have used in the past, came over to give me an estimate for cutting down and hauling away a very large -and dying- tree in my back yard.

When he realized I was a repeat customer, he dropped his advertised price down by a $100; and when we got around to talking about food; comfort food to be exact; he offered to drop his price down another $100 for some homemade biscuits for him and his crew!

Whether it be biscuits, or chicken pot pie or chicken and dumplings or pizza or mac and cheese, we each have that food that takes gets us reminiscing while making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.


My comfort food these days is lentils. Growing up, lentil curry used to be a staple on our table no matter what the occasion or circumstance might have been. My mom has always been an expert lentil -or dhal- curry maker; to this day, I’ve never quite had lentil curry like she makes it!

While I adore lentil curry – I adore lentils more. To me, lentils are so incredibly versatile – easily absorbing the flavors of what they are surrounded by while adding a nutritional punch to whatever they are in, whether that be pancakes or soups or stews.

Vegetarian Lentil & Dill Cheese Burgers @RunninSrilankan

This past week has been kinda crazy and I have found solace in comforting lentils in a wide variety of ways; so, when I received a sample of creamy, dill flavored Castello Havarti cheese, I figured I would try combining it with lentils to make a veggie burger. I wasn’t sure how the cheese would hold up with the lentils – I was expecting it to melt and ooze out. As I kept things pretty simple – just lentils, cheese, spices, eggs and onion, I wasn’t sure if these little burgers would pass my daughter’s taste-test.


We love these lentil cheese burgers!

But, surprisingly, these little nibblers were super tasty (or they wouldn’t have made it on here) and, they were oh so comforting -and, no cheese oozed out in the process! My daughter came up with a perfectly complimenting sauce for these Lentil Cheese Burgers – a simple mix of yogurt, wasabi, ketchup and lime – sounds weird – but, it tasted so darn good with these burgers.

Lentil & Cheese Burgers With Wasabi-Tomato-Yogurt Sauce @RunninSrilankan

Pair these lentil cheese burgers with the following sauces:
Mango Chutney
Easy Chili Cherry Sauce
Sweet Chili Sauce

Lentil & Cheese Burgers

Lentil Cheese Burgers

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Shashi
Coriander, cumin, and smoked paprika add a tasty spin to these easy, gluten free lentil cheese burgers. Enjoy them with a light salad or on lettuce leaves or a bun with all the fixings.


For the Burgers

  • 4 cups cooked lentils I boiled 2 cups red lentils in 4 cups water for 25 minutes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 cup grated Dill Flavored Castello Haverti Cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small onion finely chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi paste
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


For the burgers

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl till well incorporated
  • Coat a pan with olive oil and let heat up over a medium flame
  • Form lentil-cheese mixture into burgers
  • Cook on each side for 4 minutes -flipping gently
  • Transfer to a foil lined baking tray and bake at 375 for 15 minutes

For the Sauce:

  • Mix all the ingredients together and serve with warm Lentil & Cheese Burgers


Serving: 1g | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 466mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 5g
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  1. […] would I spend hours weeding and tending to that ginormous yard! No more would I be worrying about trees falling on my little house! No more would I have to worry about baldfaced hornets popping out of bushes! Yes, I was […]

  2. Angie says:

    These look delicious! I’m visiting from SITS Sharefest.

  3. Looks delicious!! 🙂 #sitsblogging

  4. I’ve tried the “No-Bull” Lentil burgers (They’re super good!) but I’ve never tried adding cheese to a veggie burger! I Love that idea!

  5. This is such a healthy burger. I can’t wait to try this. I wonder if I can fool anyone into thinking it’s actually a beef burger?

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Vicki!
      Hmmmm…no..don’t think you could fool anyone to think this wasn’t meat…then again, maybe if you blindfolded them and used extra sauce? (on the burger not on them) 🙂

  6. Your lentil burgers look and sound amazing! I really need to start cooking with lentils more. It’s so hard to find ways for my vegetarian daughter to get enough protein since she won’t go near anything with beans.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Christin!
      Does your daughter eat tofu? and eggs? There are sometimes we do the vegetarian thing for a little while and I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have beans!

  7. Bill says:

    Great recipe, Shashi! We’re eating more vegetarian these days and these lentil burgers look amazing! Love Havarti as well. Awesome post and great photos!

  8. ashley says:

    Anything with cheese means comfort food to me!! Great burgers you got here! 🙂 OK, now I’m hungry.

  9. hotlyspiced says:

    I’ve always loved harvarti cheese but I’ve never had it with dill. Your lentil and cheese burgers look like a great family meal and I’m glad your daughter enjoyed them. It’s always a relief when your kids eat what’s put in front of them! xx

  10. Ashley says:

    Too funny! I love that he offered a reduced rate for homemade biscuits 🙂 So cute!

    Love the sound of these lentil burgers! I’ve been on a lentil kick lately (well, actually for awhile now) – these look awesome!

    • Shashi says:

      I know right?! Though from some of the other estimates I have been hearing – this was such an incredible deal! I felt so bad and made the guys a bunch of muffins AND biscuits – had a little buffet for laid out on the porch for them!

  11. kitchenriffs says:

    I’m a big fan of lentils too, and sometimes make them into burgers or patties. Haven’t used cheese with them in a burger, though — really clever idea. Fun recipe — thanks.

  12. You know what’s so sad?! I can’t even remember the last time I had lentils! I know… I really do love them, but they’re one of those foods that I didn’t grow up with so I constantly forget about. But now you’ve got me dreaming of lentil snobby joes and all sorts of other wonderful concoctions.

    I’m not really the biggest burger fan, but I do -love- a good veggie burger. These look fantastic, Shashi! #pinned

  13. Charlotte says:

    Shashi I don’t know how you do it but even if I’ve JUST eaten a meal (like breakfast, in this case) your posts make me hungry again. Someone should do scientific research into this phenomenon because you could really be cashing in 🙂 These looks soo delicious!

  14. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    Shashi, these look phenomenal! And I so love that you bartered with biscuits 🙂

  15. Khushboo says:

    So drooling over these burgers, Shashi! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d consider lentils as comfort food but lately, I can’t get enough of daal. In fact I have some made for lunch today which I’m so looking forward too! And agreed about lentils absorbing flavour well- they’re great in bolognese form too!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Khushboo!
      I know what you mean – lentils are wonderful matter what the weather is outside! Now, I am uper curious about lentils and bolognese !

  16. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    wow…you did some magic with the lentils…what amazing flavor the dill Havarti will add to these super yum lentil burgers…and we can see it will go perfectly with wasabi yogurt dip….thanks so much for ever inspiring with such irresistible,delicious creations 🙂

  17. That was a serious discount from the tree feller. I am not a fan of lentils but comfort food I totally get. For me, it’s roast chicken 🙂

  18. Chris says:

    I love me some havarti cheese! I’ve never had a meatless burger (as in veggie) but maybe someday I’ll try… maybe! Haha. They sure do look appealing and I love the thought of the creamy goodness of the cheese having even more flavor infused into it. Good share!

  19. Liz says:

    I think lentils burgers are the only non-meat burgers that have ever appealed to me. And with dill Havarti? Sounds amazing!!!

  20. Like your negotiation. I need to grab the dill cheese, looks really good. Lentils are for sure comfort food and those burgers are super good looking. Genius idea again.

  21. Mira says:

    These look great Shashi! I’ve been seeing a ton of recipes using Castello Havarti, but this is one one of the most creative one! Love lentils and can only imagine how these taste! Pinned!

  22. Wow, these look so delicious Shashi! And homemade biscuits are well worth dropping a price. 😉

  23. Hehe I love that he dropped his price twice but that one of the times was for some home made biscuits! 😀

  24. Those look good Shashi (especially because there are no beets involved!) 😉

  25. Wow, gorgeous pictures!! Where did you find that awesome wood background?

  26. genevieve y says:

    I’m always looking for veggie burger recipes! Lentils are such a vegetarian staple and I can’t imagine life without them. (Yes, I know, it sounds like I’m talking about marriage… I’m practically married to lentils haha!) I can’t wait to give these lentil burgers a try. Spring and summer need to come soon so I can take these to barbecues and picnics!

  27. Kelly says:

    Yay for getting the price lowered for the tree cuting! These look fantastic! I love lentils and in burger form with havarti cheese sounds like total comfort food to me!

  28. karlinjensen says:

    Ooh yum! I’ve never had a lentil burger before! These look great and so healthy! 🙂

  29. hipfoodiemom says:

    Shashi, so I have to know. . did you bake homemade biscuits for that guy and his crew?! love love love these lentil burgers and I must get my hands on that Dill Flavored Castello Havarti Cheese!!! I love havarti cheese!!!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – actually Alice, they are coming out on Monday (he just gave me the estimate yesterday) and yup I plan on having some biscuits and muffins and cookies and juice ready for them. 🙂

  30. foodrecipeshq says:

    I have to make these! I must make these burgers, they look simply divine! They crumble so well under your fork… Great recipe Shashi!

  31. I love a lentil burger but never thought to add cheese. This would be my comfort food too!

  32. spicedblog says:

    Dude! I am seriously digging that Havarti Dill. And what a genius idea to put it in a burger…and a lentil burger at that. These burgers just blew my mind, Shashi! We must both be feeling the Spring vibe lately since we both posted burgers on the same day. Haha! Bring on the sunshine…the winter was wayyy too long this year! Also, bring on a plate of these lentil burgers. Thanks!

    • Shashi says:

      Duuude – guess what?! It was 71 degrees here on Sunday – and it’s been in the high 60’s and 70’s since – oh heck yeah – am ready for spring and a scorching summer! Thanks btw.
      I was drooling over my keyboard at your burgers earlier – bacon is kinda off limits till April and when something is off limits, well, that’s when the cravings hit!

  33. cottercrunch says:

    I’ve been dying to try that cheese and of course, it’s perfect with your recipe creations! LENTILS!!

  34. Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite says:

    This looks so yummy! Definitely pinning for later!

  35. I love that lentil cheeseburgers are your comfort food. I SO wish I could say that. 🙂 My comfort food must come from my mother so we’ll just blame her. These burgers do look really good.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Maureen! Happy Anniversary btw. Funny how we seem to crave comfort from foods we were exposed to when we were young…I tried rebelling -foodwise, but alas, my rebellious choices just didn’t stick long! 🙂

  36. YUM! When I think comfort food, I immediately think home cooked Indian food or Mac and Cheese. Weird, right? These sound delicious and the perfect cure to a boring black bean burger.

  37. LOL I love that you negotiate your tree removal with food! I’ll have to try that next time! Yet another healthy weeknight meal! These burgers sound awesome!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Lindsey!Haha – actually, I was just running my mouth and he was the one who was like “ummm, throw in some biscuits and I will take off another $100” and I laughed and he didn’t! So game on – they are coming out Monday and they will get biscuits! 🙂

  38. Joanne says:

    I’m not sure that i would consider lentils alone comfort food…but paired with cheese – uh, YES! These burgers sound delicious!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Joanne – my mom makes this tempered lentil curry – it’s supposed to be eaten with naan or rice – but I love to eat it like soup – that’s one instant when I could eat a whole pan of lentils by themselves – if you are ever in Atlanta – I might share some of this curry with you… or maybe the next Leftovers club we are paired up….

  39. Lentils are a great comfort food, and these burgers look fantastic! My comfort food might have to be pizza… ugh, I love it so much, especially when I’m too lazy to make dinner 😛

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – my daughter loves pizza too – last year after her bday party, I had like 3 pizzas leftover even after I gave some away and I thought she would be sick of pizza – but when the stash disappeared, she asked me if we could make more pizza!!! GAH!!!

      Thanks Erin!

  40. Wish I had found this recipe yesterday before I made veggie burgers. I’m going to have to try this next time.

  41. Loving your spices in here a perfect little vegetarian burger option. Sharing, of course!

  42. Lentils Shashi, you know I love them too 🙂

    This is a great, simple, veggie burger recipe and I love the spices you’ve used. Another winner! 😀

  43. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Very healthy and delicious! I have always been a lentil fan. A fantastic recipe, Shashi.

  44. chrisscheuer says:

    These sound delicious and I bet they make great leftovers too!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Chris – and you are so right! We managed to save a couple for the next day and they were just as good – not as crumbly on the second day either!

  45. you and my hubby would be BFFS. He grew up in Nepal, so dahl was basically his bread and butter. I can’t say that I have ever had burger-fied lentils, but I SO want to try this! Anything with Havarti is my jam! Pinning!

    • Shashi says:

      He must be my brother from another mother -and father! Dhal/daal (as many different ways to say it as there are ways to cook it) was my bread and butter growing up too – a new year party – there was dhal curry, birthday – dhal curry, funeral – dhal curry, Sunday morning – dhal curry, money is tight – dhal curry … you get it right…?

      Thanks lady!