These lentil-packed patties can be served as veggie burgers in whole wheat hamburger buns or enjoyed on their own with a salad.

Yield: Makes 8.



  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup pot barley
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dried green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp oregano, crumbled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup soft fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup chana flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp canola oil


  1. Place 3/4 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in barley. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 60 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and barley is tender. Remove from heat and fluff barley with a fork; cool.
  2. Combine 4 cups water and lentils in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes or until lentils are tender; drain.
  3. Transfer half of lentils to a mini food processor; puree until smooth. Add pureed lentils to remaining lentils; cool.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Add cumin and chili powder; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add onion and carrot; saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool.
  5. Combine bread crumbs, yogurt, lemon juice, lemon peel and beaten eggs in a large bowl. Add barley, lentils, onion mixture, chana flour and parsley; combine thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Shape mixture into 8 patties, each about 3 inches in diameter. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large nonstick frypan over medium heat. Cook patties in batches, adding remaining oil as necessary, until golden brown and heated through, about 4 – 5 minutes per side.
Nutritional analysis per serving:


238 calories, 9.9 g fat, 10 g protein, 28.2 g carbohydrate, 5.7 g fibre, 454 mg sodium

Tip: Chana flour is a flour made from ground chickpeas. It can be found in Indian grocery stores.