Jaclyn Hope

Quinoa-Lentil Burgers


  • 1 cup eggplant, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp vegetarian steak sauce 
  • 1 tsp each: smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked lentils, divided
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 carrot, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp each: dry corn grits, nutritional yeast, ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs, finely chopped


  • If you do not already have cooked quinoa or cooked lentils on hand, start with that (I use canned lentils for veggie ‘meat’ and I find they work good for how convenient they are)
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Spray a pan with some cooking spray or add a little olive oil
  • Saute onion and eggplant over medium heat
  • As eggplant starts to break down, add steak sauce
  • Cook for 2 minutes, add all spices
  • Continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes
  • Turn off heat while you prepare the rest of the mix
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine shredded carrot, grits, flax meal and nutritional yeast
  • Pulse to combine
  • Add eggplant mixture, pulse for a few seconds until pieces are broken down but there is still a lot of texture
  • Add 1 cup lentils, pulse a few times to combine
  • Transfer to a bowl, add quinoa and remaining lentils
  • Mix with hands or wooden spoon
  • My mixture made about 25 ounces so I made 5 burgers
  • Shape burgers and place on a greased baking sheet
  • Bake for 30 minutes, turning half way (or until they feel set in the middle)
  • Turn oven to broil or turn on broiler
  • Put burgers under broiler for about 5 minutes, flip and broil another 5 minutes (This is where you would add cheese if desired)
  • Once cheese is melted, serve!

Recipe by Jaclyn Hope 2012

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