Red Lentil Patties with Garlic Herb Tahini Sauce

Red Lentil Patties with a Garlic-Herb Tahini Sauce (vegan, gluten-free)

  • Author: Delphine Fortin
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Yield: 15-18 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Cuisine: Plant-based


We go veggies again today with these red lentil patties served with a garlic-herb tahini sauce. Both vegan and gluten-free, they are bursting with savory flavors, hearty texture, and oodles of plant-based protein.



For the red lentil patties:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 45 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup (200g) split red lentils, thoroughly rinsed
  • 2 cups (480 ml) water
  • 1 cup (90g) gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pinch of salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup (15g) chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup (15g) chopped fresh cilantro

For the garlic-herb tahini sauce:

  • 1/3 (15g) cup tahini
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons water, or more if needed
  • 1/4 cup (15g) fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup (15g) fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat one tablespoon of olive oil and melt the chopped onions until slightly golden. Add the carrots, cover with water, and cook until fork-tender. Strain carrots and onions and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cover the lentils with two cups water and cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes. If needed, add more water to keep the lentils submerged. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  4. Add the onions, carrots, cooked lentils, 1/2 cup of the rolled oats, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil to a food processor. Season with paprika, cumin, salt and black pepper. Pulse 15 to 20 times, or until the mixture is chunky and all ingredients are well incorporated, stopping to scrape down the sides halfway through pulsing.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl, and add the reserved 1/2 cup rolled oats, chives, and cilantro. Use a spoon to mix well, ensuring all ingredients are evenly dispersed. The mixture should be damp but able to hold its shape. If not, add more oats.
  6. Use a 1/3-cup measuring cup to scoop out 1/3 cup of the mixture. Form the mixture into patties, and transfer to the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining mixture. You should have 15-18 patties.
  7. Bake the patties for 23 to 25 minutes, or until golden-brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool a few minutes on the pan before moving. They’ll continue to firm up as they cool.
  9. For the garlic-herb tahini sauce: add all ingredients to a food processor and process until emulsified and the sauce just begins to take on a soft green color. The herbs should be very finely chopped. Transfer to an airtight jar or container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  10. Enjoy the patties warm with a side of salad or tucked into a warm pita bread, and drizzle with the tahini sauce.

Keywords: red lentil patties