Last updated on February 10th, 2023 at 02:07 am
We love these lentil cakes and can’t wait to share this phenomenal recipe with you.
Lentils are a truly amazing food that offer so many unique benefits. You can improve your diet in a variety of ways just by adding lentils.
They’re a good source of protein which makes them a useful alternative to meat.
Because they’re a good source of fiber too, they’re a food that makes you feel “full” and that can help support weight loss.
A study from 2018 shows that replacing certain starchy foods with lentils can even significantly reduce blood sugar levels. According to the study, lentils can mitigate the risk of type 2 diabetes.
If you’re not already, I highly recommend incorporating lentils into your diet.
One note: if you overdo it on any food that’s high in fiber, symptoms like gassiness can be an issue, so as with everything, enjoy these lentil cakes in moderation. You will love them.
Our lentil cakes are a team effort made up of quinoa, mushrooms, and other key ingredients that bring them to absolute perfection.
You can even use them as a breakfast side dish to replace sausage patties.
All you need to do is add is a little bit of pepper, sage, and thyme to create the typical breakfast sausage seasoning blend. For extra points, you can add real maple syrup. Then, for added authenticity, you’ll want to make the lentil cakes smaller than a burger patty if you are using them for breakfast “meat.”
The small patties also make excellent sliders, by the way. And, speaking of flavor, the lentil cakes are only half of this incredible recipe.
Enhanced with Garlic Sauce
You really have something special when you add our delicious garlic sauce to this lentil cakes recipe. This takes these lentil cakes from an unassuming meatless patty to amazing burger status.
You can enjoy these lentil cakes sans bun, but a burger topped with garlic sauce is the best way to enjoy them. The flavor-enhancing sauce makes everything come together with unbelievable results.
It only takes a few minutes to whisk up our amazing garlic sauce. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did.
Toppings and Sides
Enjoy these lentil cakes with of your favorite sides. Steamed carrots or almost any veggies are excellent choices.
You can also make these into meatballs to enjoy with your favorite pasta. You can even serve them up as a meatless meatball appetizer with your favorite glaze.
Chopped up or crumbled, you can use them in stuffed peppers or as a pizza topping.
There are all kinds of ways to repurpose this recipe and incorporate side dishes, or make the lentil cakes themselves into a side dish or part of a different entree.
I hope you enjoy our recipe for lentil cakes with garlic sauce.
Lentil Cakes (With Homemade Garlic Sauce)
Gather your ingredients.
Sauté the onion, garlic, and mushrooms in olive oil until tender and cooked through.
Blend the walnuts into a coarse flour.
Add half of the lentils and the mushroom mixture, salt, spices, and ground flax mixture. Mix everything until it’s well combined and forms a thick dough using a hand blender.
Then, stir in the remaining whole lentils.
Form this mixture into 12-15 cakes.
These lentil cakes are baked in the oven. While they bake, you can make the garlic sauce.
This garlic sauce is so good and so easy to make. Just whisk together all the ingredients, and heat until thickened.
Serve the lentil cakes with garlic sauce on a bun or on their own with your favorite sides.
Lentil Cakes (With Homemade Garlic Sauce)
- 2 cups cooked lentils
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ onion diced
- 4 garlic cloves rough chopped
- 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- ½ cup walnuts or cashews
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dry or fresh parsley
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground flax + 2 tbsp of water Combine together to form an egg-like mixture.
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 cup of soy milk
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 chopped garlic or 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp cornstarch or another thickener
- salt and lemon to taste
Instructions for Lentil Cakes
Cook dry lentils in simmering water until tender. Drain. You will need 2 cups cooked.
Sauté the onion, garlic, and mushrooms in olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add a little water if it gets too dry. Turn heat down to low, and cook until very tender and cooked through. Set aside.
Blend the walnuts into a coarse flour. Pour that flour into a medium bowl.
Add half of the lentils and the mushroom mixture, salt, spices, and flax mixture. Mix everything until it’s well combined and forms a thick dough using a hand blender. Then, stir in the remaining whole lentils.
Using wet hands, form into 12-15 little cakes.
Put cakes on a baking sheet with a little oil. Bake them in a 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until they form a crust, before flipping. Cook them for 5 more minutes on the other side.
Serve with the garlic sauce.
Instructions for Garlic Sauce
Pour all the ingredients into a heated pan, whisking all the time until thickened, about 3-5 minutes, then remove from heat.