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Mushroom & Lentil Burgers!


Every now and then, my daughter thinks she knows it all!

This phase of her teenage years has lead to some “animated” conversations between us, very often ending in me pointing out how annoying teenagers who think they know it all are to us, mature-er folks who actually do! Wait – you thought I would have some nugget of wisdom? Alas, all I have is humor-as this life is too short not to be able to laugh-at every phase! 🙂 

However, yesterday, her know-it-all-ness saved me from a trip to the ER!

mushroom and lentil burgers

I am not too squeamish when it comes to bugs (P.S. this does NOT mean any bugs were hurt (or used) in the making of these Mushroom & Lentil Burgers).

I often don’t think twice about chasing a roach down or getting a spider out of my daughter’s room or employing a badminton racket to scare off a couple of carpenter bees.

However, I am not all too familiar with the habitats of these gazillion-legged creatures, fondly referred to as “creepy crawlies” or “yucksters” by my daughter. And my lack of familiarity almost ended up with a visit to the hospital yesterday evening – if not for my daughter. Yesterday, when I was in the middle of trimming some bushes, I came across this:


Of course it was attached to a bush I had begun to trim – thinking I could just hack at it with an axe and then throw it away, I first asked my daughter to come and take a look at my find as she is as fascinated with natures handiwork as I am. She took one look and cautioned me to move away quickly! What she knew –and I didn’t– was that this was home to a band of baldfaced hornets!


A lover of the budget friendly aspect of DIY pest control, I started to formulate my mode of attack; but my daughter Googled info on the severative of being stung by baldfaced hornets and talked me out of it.

This morning an exterminator sprayed the hornets nest before cutting it off the bush it was on and spraying the area to repel future baldfaced hornets -all while wearing a “bee-suit”…and left me to DIY away in the kitchen which resulted in these vegetarian burgers. These mushroom heavy burgers were inspired by and entered into the Mushroom Council’s “Swap It or Top It” Recipe Contest closing on August 15th (in case you happen to have a delectable mushroom recipe please enter it for a chance at winning 5000 buckaroos)!

These burgers are loaded with mushrooms, lentils and a tad of sweet potato; served with an avocado-lime sauce, they don’t even need a bun! I could go on about how good these are – but I think they would be best reviewed by sampling them yourselves!

mushroom & lentil burgers
Mushroom & Lentil Burgers!

Mushroom & Lentil Burgers!


  • For the burgers:
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup cooked lentils, lentils cooked in water
  • 1/2 a baked /cooked sweet potato
  • 2 portabella mushroom caps chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • For the avocado-lime sauce:
  • 1/2 avocado
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 small container of plain yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. For the burgers:
  2. Saute the onions, ginger and garlic till onions have caramelized
  3. Add in the sweet potato,lentils, mushrooms and spices and mix well
  4. Then add in the coconut flour
  5. Shape into patties and cook in olive oil in a pan over low-medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side
  6. For the avocado-lime sauce:
  7. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend till well incorporated
  8. Serve burgers on a salad with sauce or on buns if you prefer.

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Katie @ Gettin' My Healthy On

Monday 15th of September 2014

Tried this recipe tonight and really enjoyed it!! I was a bit skeptical at first because it didn't look the most appetizing, but after I cooked up the patties, I changed my mind. Great healthy recipe. :) Thanks for sharing!


Monday 15th of September 2014

I'll be over in a minute! Those look good!

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Monday 8th of September 2014

These look AMAZING!! Can't wait to try them out soon. Thanks for sharing!

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Saturday 2nd of August 2014

I am always looking for veggie alternatives to meat dishes which my boyfriend will approve. I think he will like this-and me, too! Thanks, Arthur in the Garden!