Lentil-Spinach Patties

One of the most versatile beans in my cupboard and in the cupboard of most vegetarians is the lentil bean. These beans are high in nutritional value and low in cost. They date way back to Bible times in the days of Jacob and Esau where we see Esau giving up his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew.

That’s how delicious lentils are.

They are low in fat and are a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are very easy to prepare and can be used in numerous vegetarian recipes.

 Lentil-Spinach Patties

I came home on Friday and saw that my husband had some lentils soaking.  I suppose he was planning to cook it but had not yet quite decided what he was going to.  More than likely he was going to make some lentil stew.  But I thought “Aha. I think I will make something different this evening”.  So I hijacked his pot of lentils and made Lentil-Spinach Patties.


Lentils, spinach, oats


I don’t think he minded at all.  He started eating the patties from out of the frying pan………before I was even finished with them.

When I finished and took them out of the pan, he grabbed another.  I started to worry if there would be any left for dinner. Fortunately there was.


The recipe is a very simple one.

I will share it so you can give it a try.


1 1/2 cups dry lentils or

3 cups cooked lentils

1/2 cup quick oats

1 onion chopped

4 leaves spinach chopped

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp thyme

1 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)

1 tbsp ground chia seed (optional)

salt to taste

olive oil (or vegetable oil)


To cook lentils:

Add 3 cups water and 1/2 tsp of salt to 1 1/2 cups dry lentils and soak for about 2 hours.

Cooked uncovered for about 15 – 20 minutes or until lentils are soft.

This will provide about 3 cups of cooked lentils

  • Drain off remaining cooking water and mash lentils with fork or potato masher.
  • Coat a saucepan with olive oil and saute the onions and spinach.
  • Add the sauteed vegetables to the lentils and mix.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix.
  • Scoop up a large spoonful of the mixture and form into a ball then flatten the ball.
  • Repeat with the remaining mixture until used up.  (Add more oats if the mixture is too wet).
  • Heat oil in a frying pan, and add your flattened ball.
  • Fry on one side for 3 – 5 minutes
  • Flip over and fry for another 3 – 5 minutes
  • Remove from frying pan.

And you are done.

Lentil-spinach patties

Serve with rice or mashed potatoes or any side dish of your choice.

Makes 5 servings.


Give this lovely dish a try.

Feel free to adjust to suit your taste.

I would love to hear how it turned out for you. Please let me know in the comment box below.

4 thoughts on “Lentil-Spinach Patties”

  1. That looks very awesome and definitely a lot healthier than a traditional burger. I’ve tried eating vegetarian during college but am not sure how well I did with nutrients. I find that people make excuses for not having enough protein. What are some good combinations so that I can get all nutrients. I keep hearing about combining incomplete proteins together from different food sources. Also, would going back to vegetarian help me with my liver health? I am told I have fatty liver

    Thank you for answering my questions


    • Hi Jessie. As long as you try to eat a balanced meal including your whole grains, legumes and vegetables you don’t have to worry about having enough protein or insufficient nutrients. You will be totally covered. You can find out more about this by visiting my post Eating Healthy as a Vegetarian at http://vegetariancrew.com/eating-healthy-as-a-vege….

      I am not sure how completely the vegetarian diet will help with your particular liver issue. I personally believe it will help. It definitely won’t hurt. One thing you can increase in your diet is artichokes which are ideal to keep the liver in good condition. Pasta, when combined with artichokes, onion, garlic and vegetable broth is nutritious and enhances the healthy functioning of the liver. Tamarind is also good for the liver.

      Include these in your diet if possible and share your results with us.

  2. I always like to try new things. I’m definitely giving this a go. My problem with dishes like this is that they usually don’t have any flavor. But, with all the seasoning you added, it looks like it’ll taste great. Does the patty stay together or does it come apart easily?

    • Hi Dave. It pretty much stays together. If you find the mixture a little too wet and sticky, you can add a little more oats or even a little flour to hold it together…..or if you use eggs you can add an egg to the mixture.

      Certainly give it a try. I think you are going to enjoy it.

      Drop me a line and let me know how it turns out.


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