Making homemade burgers is a luxury. You can customize them to the max and even edit them with ingredients other than meat.

These rice and lentil burgers prepared by Karlos Arguiñano in the Antena 3 program are a great alternative to the usual, much healthier and cheaper.

Lentil burger at Antena 3 Arguiñano
Antenna 3

All you have to do is cook lentils and rice separately and mix them with a stir-fry of vegetables, in this case carrots and spring onions. Then everything is kneaded together and the burgers are formed. Carl also prepares a unique sauce from the cooking liquid of the lentils, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Let’s reduce it all very well and that’s it.

How to keep them from breaking when you fry them

It is a very simple dish to prepare, but there are quite a few tricks to consider to make it perfect and hamburgers don’t fall apart when fried.

  • If the dough is not consistent enough, you can add breadcrumbs.
  • You have to knead the mixture of rice, lentils and vegetables very well to bind. Do it with your hands.
  • To form the hamburgers without the dough sticking to your hands, it’s best to keep it moist.
  • Grease a pan with a little oil so that they don’t fall while you fry them.
  • Fry them in a small amount of oil. Brush the pan to distribute well For presentation you can choose a seeded bun and accompany it with all kinds of vegetables, even fruits such as mango, to compose your veggie burger.

Burgers with rice and lentils

for 4 people


  • 200 g lentils
  • 200 g of rice
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 glass of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Water
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Parsley for decoration
  • Salt

Step by step

  1. Cook the lentils

    Boil the lentils in a pot with plenty of water, the leek, the onion and the bay leaf. They will be ready in about half an hour.

  2. cook the carrot

    Sauté the chopped carrot and spring onion in a pan with oil.

  3. cook the rice

    Crush a clove of garlic, put it in a pot with a little oil. Add the rice, fry it a little and add twice the volume of water and a little more. Cook for 15 minutes.

  4. Shape the burgers

    Drain well the lentils (but keep some of their broth), the rice and the poached vegetables and form the hamburgers with them. If they are not consistent, add some breadcrumbs. Wet your hands to prevent the dough from sticking.

  5. cook the burgers

    Place the burgers on a plate greased with oil so they don’t stick. Heat a pan with a few drops of oil and cook the burgers for 4 minutes on each side.

  6. make the sauce

    In a saucepan, reduce the cooking liquid from the lentils, tomato sauce, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

  7. Catch and serve

    Serve two hamburgers per guest drizzled with a drizzle of sauce and garnished with a sprig of parsley.