Fair Tasty Temptations: Veggie burger with lentils

Fair Trade Veggie burgers with lentils

What's on the summer menu?

We at Gent Fair Trade appreciate fair food and good company, so we thought, why not combine both?

For the next 3 months, we will be bringing you delicious, easy, quick recipes and above all, using fair trade products from Oxfam Gent Centrum to cook and eat with your loved ones!

We will share our recipes and tips on our socials and this will be your chance to try to go fair trade for the summer and show your cooking skills with us!

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We cooked vegan burgers this time! We figured out our own version, but the truth is that there are as many versions as tastes in the world. So if you don't like the ingredients, dare to experiment in the kitchen and let us know if it worked out.

The main character of our vegan burger are lentils. Lentils are a legume consumed and present in almost every gastronomy around the world in different variants. They are good for a soup, Italians eat it on new years eve for good luck and money, as well as for a curry being the most famous Indian Dahl. In the middle east they make salads and it is a good substitute for meat in all kinds of dishes.

This time, we decided on a lentil burger in order to get a brown color and all the nutritious properties that the legume has, since it is a rich source of proteins and minerals like iron. Let's get our hands into the recipe!

Our burger contains the following ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic (or as many as your garlic instinct tell you)
  • 1 big potato or 2 small ones
  • Half an onion
  • 1 can of fair trade lentils
  • 1 teaspoon of Fair Trade sambal (optional but recommended if you like some spiciness)
  • 1 pinch of Fair Trade black pepper
  • 1 pinch of paprika
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Burger bread or a pistolet
  • Salad
  • Cheese (for the veggies)

This recipe is a great option for those who don't like to cook so much, be sure you have a blender, a mixer or a lot of rage to channel in order to mash the ingredients!

  • Boil the potatoes until soft.

  • While the potatoes are boiling, peel the garlic and the onion. It is not necessary to cut it since you will need to mix everything with the mixer or the blender. Although, if you plan to mash it, cut it in little pieces.

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  • When the potatoes are soft, put them in a suitable container with the rest of the ingredients: the can of lentils, the garlic, the onion, and the rest of the spices.
  • Mix it until it is homogeneous. Make sure that it is not too liquid, you can add breadcrumbs if that's the case.

  • Let the mix in the fridge for a couple of hours for a better consistency.

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  • When two hours have passed, heat a pan with olive oil.

  • When the oil is hot, get a spoon and scoop from the mix the quantity you want for your burger and put it in the pan.

  • It is important not to flip it more than once, so wait until the side on the pan is golden brown and flip the patty.

  • When it is ready, put it on a plate with kitchen paper to absorb the oil excess.

  • Now it is time to assemble. We recommend to toast your bread for the optimal experience. Put your bread, the cheese, the patty and salad.

  • Voila!

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  • You can add any topping you like on your burger, from fried onion to mushrooms or any kind of veggies or cheese you like.

  • You can also enjoy it without bread and with salad for a lighter version.

  • We prepared it with oven fries for the whole experience!

  • As we said, if you don't like lentils you can use beans, chickpeas or even courgette or quinoa!


Did you like the recipe? Did we make your mouth water? Now you try it, cook your vegan burger and share the result with us on social media!

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