Italian Herb-Lentil Patties with Mozzarella

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Cook: 10 min./batch


10 servings

Updated: Mar. 09, 2023
My family has requested this meatless recipe over and over again. It is simple to prepare and even meat lovers like it. —Geri Lucas, Oldsmar, Florida
Italian Herb-Lentil Patties with Mozzarella Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 patty: 416 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 517mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 9g fiber), 26g protein.