food.ndtv.com_-01As a parent, you are constantly saying no! No, that’s not yours. No, you can’t play video games until after you’ve done your homework. No, you can’t have cake for breakfast. It’s exhausting! And you feel mean doing it too! It’s easy to say yes to burgers if you blend half meat and mushrooms when making them at home, or go full vegetarian with these Lentil-Mushroom Burgers

– don’t explain too much and the kids will still wolf them down!

Lentil-Mushroom Burgers

Recipe by chef Arjun Gupta

Makes 4

Burgers that are healthy. Patties made with mushrooms, lentils and sundried tomatoes between wholewheat buns.


5 wholewheat hamburger buns
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced small
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 punnet button mushrooms, minced
4 sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
1 cup cooked brown lentils 
½ an egg
pinch of black pepper
pinch of white pepper
1 blob of butter with 2-3 cloves minced garlic (for buns)

lettuce leaves
slices of tomatoes


1 Process 1 burger bun in a food processor to make crumbs. Set aside.
2 In a pan, heat a little olive oil over medium-high and sauté onion with a pinch of salt until soft. Add the garlic, stir, and cook another minute. Scrape the onion mix into a bowl. Keep aside.
3 Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, over high heat, add the mushrooms followed by salt – let the mushrooms sweat. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook until the liquid evaporates and the mushrooms turn deep golden brown. Set aside to cool for a couple of minutes.
4 Now in the food processor add the sundried tomatoes, the lentils, the mushrooms and half of the onion, process so that it is pasty yet has a bite. Pulse it slightly, do not purée. Put the mixture into a mixing bowl and mix in the egg, a pinch of salt, black and white pepper. Divide the lentil mixture into four portions, make each into a ball and flatten into a patty. Coat the patty with the breadcrumbs.
5 Heat oil in a pan. Add the lentil patties and shallow fry on each side until crisp and deep golden. Now bake the patties for 5-6 minutes at 180°C.
6 Meanwhile heat some butter with garlic, slice open the buns and toast lightly. Brush buns with the butter. Place a lettuce leaf, tomato slice and some onion mix on each of the buns. Top with the patty and close with the other half.