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Lentil And Mushroom Burger

It’s that time of the year again! The Power of Pink campaign is back. We’re enjoying the mushrooms from our pink punnets with lentil and mushroom burger recipe.

The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association and Reach for Recovery once again bring you The Power of Pink Campaign. Pink punnets of mushrooms are back in Pick ‘n Pay stores, with R1 from every punnet sold going towards Reach for Recovery’s Ditto Project.

R1 from every pink punnet of fresh mushrooms sold nationally at Pick n Pay stores during October is donated to R4R’s Ditto Project.  The sole objective of this very special project is to provide free silicone prostheses to breast cancer survivors who cannot afford reconstruction after the life-altering and heartbreaking reality of a mastectomy.


Why Mushrooms?

Mushrooms have long been believed to help fight breast and other cancers because they have the ability to inhibit aromatase. This enzyme helps produce estrogen, which is the hormone that can fuel breast cancer.

Mushrooms also contain lectins, which are substances that have been shown to prevent cancer cell division and growth. A study among Korean women showed that greater mushroom intake was related to lower risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women.


Lentil And Mushroom Burger With Mushroom Bun

Those of you that have been around for a while know that I don’t eat bread. But I love burgers!

My favourite bun alternative for burgers is mushrooms.

Lentil And Mushroom Burger

Lentil And Mushroom Burger With Mushroom Bun

Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings


For the patty

  • 400 g white button mushrooms
  • 2 400g tins of brown lentils rinsed and drained
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the avocado salsa

  • 1 large ripe tomato diced (or use a handful of colourful cherry tomatoes)
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 2 small-medium avocados
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • freshly ground pink peppercorns to taste
  • salt to taste

To serve

  • 8 large portabello mushrooms
  • 2 large carrots peeled and peeled further into ribbons
  • 2 cups mixed lettuce
  • sesame seeds (I like mine lightly toasted)


For the patty

  • Blitz the mushrooms in a food processor until finely diced.
  • Add the mushrooms to a hot pan with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Cook out all of their water. Work in batches if necessary to not overcrowd the pan.
  • Scrape mushrooms into a large bowl.
  • Add the lentils to the dry, hot pan and toast them until dry.
  • Add to the bowl of cooked mushrooms.
  • In the same pan add a fresh drizzle of olive oil and cook the onion until soft.
  • Add the garlic and paprika and cook for a minute until fragrant.
  • Add to the bowl of mushrooms and lentils.
  • Add the flour, breadcrumbs and a good pinch of salt and pepper and mix well. Mash some of the mixture against the side of the bowl. Keeping some of the lentils whole and some more mashed gives the patty a great texture.
  • Divide the mixture into 4. The patties will be around 180g each.
  • Fry the patties in a little drizzle of olive oil until golden brown on both sides.

For the avocado salsa

  • Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and lightly mash together.
  • Season well.

To build the burger

  • Place the 8 portabellos on a wire rack on top of a baking tray.
  • Sprinkle with a little seasoning and roast for approximately 7 minutes at 200°C until tender.
  • Brush with a little BBQ sauce or any brown sauce to give them a glazed and shiny look.
  • Slice a little off 4 of the portabello "bottom buns" so that they sit flat.
  • Top with a generous pile of greens and carrot ribbons.
  • Place a lentil and mushroom patty on each one.
  • Top with a generous amount of avocado salsa and finish with the top portabello bun.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds for a burger effect and serve alongside some crunchy sweet potato fries.


Side suggestion:
My family loves burgers with a side of sweet potato fries and mayonnaise
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How Can YOU Support The Power Of Pink Campaign?

Head to your local Pick ‘n Pay store and buy your pink punnet of mushrooms. Then make this lentil and mushroom burger recipe!

Not sure what to do with them? Easy! Head over to my RECIPE section for dozens of healthy mushroom recipes. And follow along in October as I share more Power of Pink mushroom recipes.

Happy cooking!




DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association. The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association provided me with this recipe and associated images. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and/or its affiliates, in any way. The fact is, I’m crazy about mushrooms, and want to shout it from the rooftops anyway. 

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