Lentil Sun Veggie Burgers

Good morning evening (I started this post this morning, and realized, “crap! I’m out of time!!”) lovelies:) First off, your comments from yesterday’s post were so, incredibly touching. You don’t understand how happy it makes me to inspire some of you who are in the same position as I was and are thinking about doing the same thing. Pulled on my heart strings, I gotta admit. Please feel free to email me any extra questions you guys have 😀

Wheeeew! I didn’t have any clients this morning, but I still got up around the same time so I’d have time to get a quick 4 mile run in. Well, I got it in, and let me tell you – I was a sweaty beast! It doesn’t matter how early you wake up for a run when the low for the entire night was 76º degrees! I was out and running by 5:15, and could tell it was going to be a hot one for so early. Although hot weather is MUCH better to run in than cold (in my opinion) my body’s still getting used to this heat.

I cranked out 4.12 miles in 37:55 with the following splits:



3-9:26 (hilllllls)


.12-7:57 (pace)

Not too shabby!

So yesterday (and today) was an utterly crazy day where I was go-go-go working from 5:30 a.m. straight through until 7:45 p.m. All in all it was a good day, but crazy nonetheless. Instead of going over the deets, today bring you a recipe! You see, I was able to tackle my Tuesday because of my lazy Sunday. With only one client in the morning, I utilized my time in one of my favorite places (besides bed) – the kitchen!


I mentioned I made veggie burgers on Sunday in Monday’s 90’s flashback post.IMG_7804


      IMG_7803 I’d said I was getting tired of eating frozen, chemical-laden veggie burgers and decided to make some of my own with whole ingredients to switch it up a bit!



This recipe was so easy to whip up, and it took little prep work!



I made veggie burger “meat balls” out of some of the batch, too:)



Lentil Sun Burgers


1/2 package of dried lentils, cooked (2.5 c. cooked)

1 ½ c. cooked brown rice

2 T. olive oil

1/2 yellow onion

1/2 orange bell pepper

1 T. olive oil for sautéing

3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

4 T. tomato paste

3 T. tamari or soy sauce

sea salt and black pepper


2 T. olive oil for pan frying


Cook rice and set aside. Cook lentils as directed on the package. Meanwhile, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and s&p. Sautee for about 5 minutes, and then add the bell pepper. Cook for another 3-4 minutes. In a food processor, combine the onion and bell pepper with the rest of the ingredients, excluding the breadcrumbs  and olive oil for pan frying. Puree until the mixture forms together, but still has some texture – stop before it becomes smooth. Form the mixture into patties, then coat the patties in the breadcrumbs. Heat the rest of the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the burgers Fry in the olive oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes per side or until golden brown. Devour and moan in foodie delight. 🙂

These will also be in the recipes tab which is currently on it’s way to being up and running!


Well I’m off to meet a client for a – business meeting – and then off to whoop some booty (I hope!) in volleyball! Catch ya’ll on the flipside 😀

If you had to choose, would you prefer to workout or run in extremely hot (90’s +) temps or extremely cold (30’s – )? I’m obviously not promoting anyone to work out in these temps, because extreme temperatures, hot or cold, can be very dangerous. However, if I had to choose between hot and cold, I’d choose hot in a New York minute!


19 Responses

  1. well, if i DID work out (tee hee) it would definitely have to be in the cold, b/c i get heat stroke!

    by the way congrats on the career decision. i am all for following your dreams!!!

  2. I’m not a fan of extreme weather at all. But, I definitly prefer hot over cold. I tried to run with Snuffy in the jogging stroller yesterday and I only made it 20 min in the 90 degree heat. I do like a good sweat though!!

  3. I would choose cold any day! At least you can bundle up! I refuse to run in hot weather.

  4. Sorry, but I hate both extremes. Windchill is a dirty word but so is humidity. However, since I prefer outside running to inside running, I put up with nasty weather at both ends of the thermometer.

    Homemade veggie burgers; again, you have impressed me.

    Did you get to play that VB game? It stormed here from 7 to 9, and the lightning was amazing. Did anyone see the picture of the twin lightning strikes in Chicago, one hitting the Sears and the other hitting the Hancock at the same time? AMAZING!!!

  5. I am TOTALLY trying these veggie burgers, they look amazing. I’m with you – making them from scratch is so much nicer than the chemical-laden version.

    Great job on the run! I am torn on your question – running in the heat is tough but sometimes I run better as my body is warmer. But in really cold weather at least you aren’t sweating before you run a mile…though in the really cold weather, my lungs start to hurt. So I think I’d rather run warm if I had to choose!

    I may take you up on the offer to exchange emails…been doing a LOT of thinking lately.

  6. That’s a tough one! In the winter you can add more layers, so I almost want to say cold but I really hate the cold, so it’s probably hot. Haha. I wish every time I ran the weather would automatically adjust to about 66 degrees 🙂

  7. I hate running in hot and humid weather. I don’t really like running in the cold either but I would pick cold over hot for sure!

  8. Just discovered your blog, loving what I see!!! I can totally relate to your corporate burn-out phase. I’m definitely lacking a passion for my work as well….hopefully I’ll have a happy ending to tell like you do. 🙂

    Love the recipe as well, thanks!

    Also I’ve added you to my Google Reader…

  9. i JUST made some lentul patties that look just like those SUN ones!!! mmm cant wait to try your recipe!

  10. I prefer the heat (good thing since I live in AZ) Most of the summer our lows are in the low 90’s, so my 5 am run is already 93 degrees. It’s crazy, but I much prefer that over numb fingers and toes.
    Those veggie burgers look great!

  11. YEAHHH I have been looking for a wonderful lentil burger! Would they be good grilled do you think?

    I usually bake them in the oven because mine are either too dry or to wet….


  12. totally pick hot. in phx i was running ouside in 110F or so. in chicago i cringed at 30f or -30F for that matter. But weather doesnt stop me girl!

    Your transition and story..I knew most of it but the consolidated post was great!


  13. Great looking veggie burgers! I have tried making a veggie burger before and I pretty much failed, but this recipe sounds like a winner.

    I would definitely choose the extremely cold weather, as long as there was not ice or snow on the ground! I always get light-headed when I run in really hot weather, and I can’t ever tell if I’m sweating due to my running, or because it’s hot…..then I don’t know whether I got a good workout in!

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