Black Lentil Burgers (Gooshy Burgers)
Savory, saucy black lentils wrapped in umami flavor from onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. Serve on toasted buns with mustard, in tacos, or on baked sweet potatoes. Vegan, vegetarian, fat-free, gluten-free if using a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce and gluten-free base.
Servings Prep Time
8servings 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
8servings 10minutes
Cook Time
  1. Pick through and rinse black lentils and add them to a medium pot. Chop onion and mushrooms and add them to the pot. Add remaining ingredients.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Cover pot and reduce heat to low so water barely boils. Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until lentils are tender. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Serve hot over toasted whole wheat buns, in tacos, or over baked sweet potatoes or white potatoes. Keeps for five days refrigerated or up to a year frozen.
Recipe Notes


  • Whole Foods and Annie’s make organic, vegan Worcestershire sauce.
  • Use a slow cooker if you prefer. I’d expect the lentils to be tender after three to four hours on high or six to eight hours on low, but haven’t tested the timing.
  • Soak the lentils for up to twelve hours to reduce cooking time by about a quarter.
  • If you like this recipe, you may also enjoy Sloppy Pintos.

Nutritional Information for Black Lentil Burgers (Filling Only)

Nutrition Facts
Black Lentil Burgers (Gooshy Burgers)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.4g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.002g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.002g
Sodium 246mg 10%
Potassium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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