Red Lentil and Amaranth Protein Patties

Recipe: Protein Patties From: Renee Press at†Plant Based on a Budget

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  • Yield :†12-15
  • Prep Time :†10m
  • Cook Time :†35m
  • Ready In :†45m

These little patties are so simple to whip up, amazingly versatile, and almost fool-proof. They are great on top of a salad, as an appetizer with a nice avocado mayo, or make them slightly larger and serve on a bun as a tasty veggie burger.† To boot, they are extremely nutritious, filled with lentils and amaranth which are packed with plant protein, and both of which are great for metabolism and heart health. A good dose of parsley adds a punch of Vitamin K (77% of your daily needs in 1 tablespoon!) Amaranth is carried in most food stores with a bulk section, near the quinoa. It is very similar to quinoa nutritionally, with a complete protein profile of all amino acids, but itís about†half the price and easy to digest. If you canít find it, quinoa will work in these as well. Give it a try!


  • 1/2 cup amaranth, (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup red lentils (uncooked)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium russet potato, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp rice flour (or wheat flour)
  • 2 Tbsp coarse cornmeal (or regular)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp neutral oil (avocado, grape seed, canola)


Step 1

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place 1-2 Tbsp of neutral high heat oil (avocado, organic canola, grape seed) on a baking sheet and spread evenly.

Step 2

2. In a medium pot, place amaranth, lentils and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover pot, and reduce to a simmer. Let cook undisturbed for 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed and amaranth and lentils are cooked. It will be porridgey, let it cool.

Step 3

3. While amaranth is cooking, grate the potato into a large mixing bowl. With your hands squeeze the shredded potato over sink to release excess water. Return to bowl and add chopped onion, garlic, and parsley. Add cooked amaranth/lentil mixture and mix well with your hands. Add mustard, ketchup, spices, cornmeal and rice flour. Mix well.

Step 4

4. Form into small patties, then place them on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. Top with dallops of avocado mayo (avocado mashed into vegan mayo) and enjoy!



Leila Mota
Leila Mota9 months ago


Denise D.
Denise D1 years ago

Thanks for posting! I'm always looking for new veggie burger recipes. I wonder if sweet potato can be substituted for the white potato.

heather g.
heather g4 years ago

I really like making veggie patties and this is a good recipe.
Thank you.

Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

Have those two in the pantry. I guess I'll try!

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Healthy and simple! Thanks

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you very much :)

Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago

Thank you.

Harriet Brown
Harriet Brown4 years ago

thank you

Anna Undebeck
Anna U4 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.

Karen Chestney
Karen C4 years ago

Thanks....sounds easy enough.