Jack-O-Lentil Burgers




Yield 8 burgers

If you're staying in or attending a party, you should definitely give these fun and festive jack-o-lentil burgers a try!



  1. In a large pot, bring 1 cup of red lentils and 3 cups of water to a boil. Reducing the heat to low once boiling, cover and let simmer until tender. Drain as needed.
  2. Wash and evenly cut your sweet potatoes. Cover with water and bring to a boil or bake in the oven at 425 F. until tender, about 15-20 minutes depending on size.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, sauté diced onions over medium low heat for 8-10 minutes. Adding minced garlic (if using in place of powder) at the very end.
  4. In a large bowl combine cooked lentils, sweet potatoes, onions, seasonings and mash together. Alternatively you can use a food processor and pulse until combined.
  5. Blend up rolled oats and pumpkin seeds until coarse in texture but not smooth. Add to large bowl with remaining ingredients and mix together. Taste to adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Portion into 1/2 cup per burger, 1/4 cup per slider burger.
  7. Bring a large skillet to medium heat and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Or until golden brown and hot throughout.
  8. Create jack-o-lantern faces using a sharp knife, removing the top layer of the cutout and filling with a little flax egg. Top with black sesame seeds and press gently. Broil buns in the oven until golden brown.
  9. Serve warm on a toasted bun with desired toppings.


Prep the day before and refrigerate mixture overnight. This will yield a even better bonded burger with a stronger flavor. Store extras in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze portioned burgers for up to 3 months and cook as desired.

Courses Entree

Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kid-Friendly

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 burger

Amount Per Serving

Calories 350

% Daily Value

Total Fat 4 g


Sodium 174 mg


Total Carbohydrates 69 g


Dietary Fiber 10 g


Sugars 5 g

Protein 16 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe by The Plant Philosophy at