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Hearty Lentil and Brown Rice Burgers

March 2nd, 2014 § 4 comments

IMG_2985One of the things that I did recently to find my way back to healthy eating was a brown rice cleanse.  I often do this cleanse if I’ve been on vacation and overindulged, or just lost my way altogether.  It works wonders to reset the taste buds and re-inspire my love of fresh foods and recipes.

The brown rice cleans is a whole foods diet.  This means no refined or process foods are to be consumed.  Brown rice is a whole grain that is hypoallergenic to most people.  It provides important detoxification enhancing substances such as gamma-oryzanol and fiber in the rice bran, which binds to toxins and decreases transit time.  The nutritional value of each meal will be enhanced by consuming locally grown produce and seasonal foods.  Organically grown foods should be eaten as much as possible to minimize introduction of new chemicals into the body.  If you are interested in reading more on the cleanse, or feel like giving it a go, there is some information here.

During this cleanse a friend recommended this recipe to me.  She is meat eater, but raved about these burgers (so they must be good right?).  They are out of this world.  Packed with flavour, I make these at least once a week these days and freeze patties to take out whenever I need a quick meal on the go.  Trust me.  These burgers are to die for!

Note that the burgers to require some time to cool and set in the fridge, so if you want a fast meal, I suggest making a batch on your days off, and placing them in the fridge or freezer so you can just throw them in the oven after work for a super fast meal!

Yields:  6 burgers

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Cook Time:  20 minutes


  • 1/2 cups green lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2  cups vegetable broth


These burgers are ridiculously easy to make.

  1. Put all the ingredients into a pot and bring to a simmer.  Let cook until the lentils and rice are soft.
  2. Once cooked, let the pot cool.  Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until all the ingredients are well combined, but not smooth.
  3. Let the mixture set in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  4. Shape into 6 patties.
  5. Lightly brush both sides of the burgers with extra virgin olive oil.  Place in an oven proof dish, and back for about 20 minutes, turning once half way.

I have tried cooking these in a frying pan which works quite well, and I have been told that the bbq is also a successful cooking method, but I prefer to bake mine in the oven.  They turn out a little bit firmer which is best if you are not doing the cleanse and are going to put your burger in a bun.  If the patty is too soft, it will just squish out the sides when you take a bite. ♥

IMG_2999My favourite way to eat these is with no bun, a side of roasted cauliflower doused with a good squeeze of lemon, a healthy dollop of humus and fresh sliced avocado.  TO. DIE. FOR.


§ 4 Responses to Hearty Lentil and Brown Rice Burgers"

  • Cat Irons says:

    These burgers look and sound so good! I don’t eat rice or flour…..what can I substitute for the rice?

  • Jordan says:

    Melissa!! I can’t wait to try these. I am so excited you’re posting again. Was showing someone your site recently and was stoked to see the new recipes!! My stomach thanks you for motivating me to consume something other than a bowl of cereal for dinner

    • SwapMeat says:

      Jordan, I’m so sorry I missed all your comments. I’ve been busy – but still on track! I haven’t logged into my blog in so long however that I forgot how to do so! Anyway, figured it out now. Getting excited to post some stuff!

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