Candle Cafe’ Brown Rice and Lentil Burgers

Near the end of a shift in early 2007, we heard a knock at the fire station’s front door. Steve, Derick, and I opened it to find a group of people who asked if we were “the world-famous vegan firefighters.”

  • Prep Time 20 minutes
  • Cook Time 25 minutes
  • Serves 6-8


  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded, deveined, and diced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Whole-grain flour
  • 8 whole-grain buns


In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Add the lentils, reduce the heat, and cook until beans are softened, about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in another medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add the rice, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the rice is just tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a sauté pan, sauté the garlic, onion, and peppers until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, combine the lentils, rice, and vegetables. Add the salt and chili powder and mix well. Add a bit of flour to hold the mixture together, if needed. Form into burger-sized patties and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or press into a loaf pan.

Bake burgers until slightly firm, about 15 minutes, or bake the loaf for about 25 minutes.


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  • Agueda Bernadi
    Posted at 13:33h, 28 December

    Loved the recipe!

  • disqus_jd6famZ0IA
    Posted at 02:27h, 28 January

    Looks so tasty!

  • Jonathan M. Brown
    Posted at 22:31h, 08 February

    I tried to make the loaf and they didn’t hold together. Still, really tasty and perfect in whole wheat wraps.

  • Shaine
    Posted at 21:44h, 17 June

    Made the loaf. Great combo of flavors, but doesn’t bind. Even tried as a patty. Some result. Might add some sautéed mushrooms and use if for a substitute for “textured vegetable pieces”. Which just sound gross.

  • David Strathman
    Posted at 14:40h, 28 September

    What temperature do you bake these at (I don’t see a temperature in the recipe)?

    • Olena Harasymowycz
      Posted at 19:31h, 09 October

      I bake them at 375 for 45 minutes to make them a little crispy.

  • Olena Harasymowycz
    Posted at 19:16h, 09 October

    I bake them at 375 for 45 minutes to make them a little crispy.

  • Mike Davies
    Posted at 17:00h, 03 February

    Hello, I have made some similar burgers recently and found that adding a tablespoon of soaked flaxseed (only a couple of minutes in a 10ml of water) helps to bind any veg burgers pretty well. Wholegrain oats work well also, you have to blend them into the mix with a handblender/processor (maybe half a cup per 300g lentil mix).

    Also blending the brown rice/lentil mix with a hand blender. When the rice gets blended it becomes really sticky and helps to bind the mix.. I still add the flaxseeds or chia seeds to make sure though!

    Good luck :)

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