Italian Herb-Lentil Patties with Mozzarella

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Forget “meatless Mondays” – these Italian Herb-Lentil Patties with Mozzarella will have your family begging for “lentil Tuesdays,” “Wednesday lentil wonders,” and maybe even “patty Thursdays” (don’t judge)!
This isn’t your average veggie burger. We’re talking bursting lentil goodness, infused with a sun-kissed blend of Italian herbs, nestled under a melty blanket of mozzarella (or provolone, if you’re feeling fancy). And the best part? It’s so easy to whip up, even the most reluctant chefs will be churning out patty masterpieces in no time.

So ditch the doubt and dive into this flavorful fiesta! We’ll guide you through every step, from simmering the lentils to achieving that golden-brown crust, all the way to that ooey-gooey cheese pull that’s guaranteed to send taste buds soaring. Meatless never tasted so good!

Ready to embark on this lentil adventure? Gather your ingredients (because seriously, it’s just 12 things!), preheat your pan, and get ready to experience the magic of these Italian Herb-Lentil Patties. Let’s go!

Italian Herb-Lentil Patties with Mozzarella Recipe


  • 3 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked instant oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 10 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese or provolone cheese
  • Marinara sauce, warmed, optional


  1. Cook lentils according to package directions; drain and cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs and seasonings; stir in cooked lentils and oatmeal. Shape into ten 3/4-in.-thick patties.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Cook patties in batches, 4-6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and a thermometer reads 160°, adding additional oil as needed. Top with cheese; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. If desired, serve with marinara sauce.

Health Benefits of Lentils

Lentils, like other beans, contain plenty of healthful plant protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

They are also high in complex carbs, which digest slowly and are healthy. That’s great for most of us, but if you’re following a low-carb diet, keep an eye on your portion amounts.

One cup of cooked lentils (198 g) has the following nutrients and daily values (DV):

  • Calories: 230
  • Protein: 18 g (36 percent DV)
  • Fat: 1 g (1 percent DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g (15 percent DV)
  • Fiber: 16 g (57 percent DV)
  • Folate: 358 ug (90 percent DV)
  • Iron: 7 mg (39 percent DV)
  • Magnesium: 71 mg (17 percent DV)
  • Potassium: 731 mg (16 percent DV)
  • Zinc: 3 mg (27 percent DV)
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From lab coats to local markets, Viola Gilbreath traded calorie charts for culinary symphonies. A graduate of nutrition, she champions vibrant health through accessible, joyful eating. Whether whipping up community salads or blogging "flavorful fuel," Viola empowers people to listen to their bodies' unique rhythms, composing a delicious symphony of one on every plate.