Course Entrees
Difficulty Easy
Pulse Type Lentils
Specialty Diet Vegetarian
Recipe Contributed By Healthy Delicious

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Southwest Lentil Patties with Creamy Lime Dressing

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into a small dice
  • 1 cup lentils, cooked
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp cumin, plus 1 tsp, divided
  • 2 lime, juiced
  • 4 tbsp sour cream, reduced fat
  • salt



  • Heat the oil in a large skillet or frying pan. Sauté the jalapeno, garlic, onion, and carrot until they are soft, about 3 minutes. Add the cooked vegetable mixture to a large bowl and mix in the lentils, egg, cilantro, breadcrumbs, and 1 tablespoon cumin. The mixture should be pretty wet and a little sticky.
  • From tablespoon sized portions of the lentil mixture into rounds, then use your hand to press them into a patty shape that’s about the size of a half-dollar coin around and a half inch high (you should get about 9 patties). Place your frying pan back over medium-high heat and add the patties. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the bottom has browned and formed a thin crust. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes.


  • Whisk together the lime juice, sour cream, 1 teaspoon cumin, and salt to taste.


Lentils take a trip to the Southwest with these patties flavored with jalapeno and cumin. The cool, creamy lime dressing adds a little bit of zing while balancing out the heat.