Red Lentil Patties with Sweet Potato & Oats
Vegan Lentil Patties Made with Red Lentils, Sweet Potato & Oats
Seriously, these lentil patties are the easiest vegan meal of all easy vegan meals. Three main ingredients, only minutes to prep, and super budget-friendly. This entire veggie patties recipe costs you less than ONE dollar! Lentils, oats, and sweet potato are all awesome options for healthy meals that stay within your budget. And, they’re even cheaper when you buy them in bulk!
So, make room in your pantry and stock up because you’ll want to make these sweet potato and red lentil patties over and over again! With just a few simple ingredients, you can make finger-lickin’-good veggie patties that actually stay together. They’re fiber-filled with loads of the antioxidant beta-carotene from the sweet potatoes. Plus, in 1 serving you get to eat FIVE lentil patties!
Protein Packed Veggie Patties?
With mashed sweet potato as a creamy base, cooked red lentils add a satisfying heartiness to these lentil patties. And, they make for surprisingly protein packed veggie patties! In just one serving of lentil patties, you get 13 grams of wholesome protein.
We all need protein for SO many essential functions in the body, but it’s especially important to think about including quality protein sources in a plant-based diet. Luckily, lentils make it a lot easier to pack more protein into a meatless diet or meatless meal! And, that protein also makes for more satisfying, filling veggie patties.
But, although lentils are one of the most protein-rich plant-based foods, it’s best not to rely on them as your only source of protein. While lentils do contain all nine essential amino acids, they are low in one—methionine. Seek out other quality protein sources as well, like chickpeas, peanuts, and almonds, which all offer some methionine.
The oats in these red lentil patties also offer some of the essential amino acid methionine!
Red Lentil Patties Make Lentil Burgers Possible!
Not only do these lentil patties offer the satiating protein that we associated with other ‘burgers,’ but they’re also rich in fiber and slow digesting carbs. Both sweet potato and oats are quality sources of complex starches, helping us to feel fuller for longer. Plus, those slow digesting carbs provide longer-lasting energy, without causing metabolism-damaging blood sugar spikes.
Safe to say, these lentil patties are sure to satisfy your hunger—in an easy vegan meal that you can feel good about! Best of all, the hearty starches and proteins also make for sturdy lentil patties. Serve these babes up like real lentil burgers—toppings, bun, and all—and they WON’T fall apart!
But, they’re equally satisfying to enjoy on their own, as a snack, hot or cold, however you like. For meal prep, whip up several batches of lentil patties and freeze them so you have versatile, healthy meals at the ready!
- ⅓ cup dry red lentils, ~1 cup cooked, prepared according to package directions
- 1 sweet potato, mashed
- 1 cup rolled oats
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¾ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients. Mix to combine.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment and sprayed, dollop lentil mixture and press down lightly into patties, around ¼ inch thick. (I used an ice cream scoop to portion each patty.)
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until just beginning to brown on top and crisp on the outside.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Lasts 3-4 days in an airtight container in the fridge, or 1 month in the freezer.