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Ethiopian Lentil BurgerFit Burger

Jame Szybala and Alane Boyd in desert
Jamie Szybala and Alane Boyd
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Episode 7 of Cooking with My friends brought Alane to Tuscon, Arizona, to see Jamie Szybala, owner of Thrive Wellness Collective. Alane and Jamie have been friends for years, and her last trip to see Jamie inspired Alane to start the Cooking with My Friends series! In this episode, Alane and Jamie made the Ethiopian Lentil BurgerFit burger and Dirty Quinoa.

“The last time I saw Jamie, she inspired me to start Cooking with My Friends! It was so fun to see that come full circle and have her as a guest on the show.”

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You can view the full episode and see just how to make the Ethiopian Lentil BurgerFit burger on YouTube.

Why eat the Ethiopian Lentil BurgerFit Burger?

Lentils are considered “pulses,” which are the edible seed parts of legumes. It is recommended that we eat ½ cup of pulses a day for extra fiber, potassium, and folate. The lentils in this burger provide slow burning, complex carbohydrates to fuel your body and brain. The spices in this burger add flavor and complexity, as well as a boost of antioxidants. Cumin and garlic both have antioxidant properties, which help keep the body healthy. Kale’s sturdy structure holds up well in this burger, providing a boost of potassium and vitamin A.

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These recipes are super easy to prepare and you’re going to have a blast making them!

Ethiopian BurgerFit Burger
5 from 2 votes

Ethiopian Lentil BurgerFit Burger

I ate a lot of lentil burgers when I was a vegetarian. Lentils are also very versatile in the kitchen, so I can cook a bunch at one time and use them in a number of different ways for meals. I was excited to turn my vegetarian recipe into a BurgerFit recipe. Even though there are a lot of different spices in this recipe, the burger still tastes very similar to a traditional one.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, Easy, Ethiopian Burger, fall, healthy, Lentil Burger, lentils, quick, Summer, vegan, winter
Servings: 8 Burgers
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Alane Boyd


Measuring spoons
Food processor
Large bowl


  • 1 teaspoon cooking fat
  • 2 cups collard greens
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons coriander or cumin
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 lb ground meat


  • Heat a skillet on medium heat with 1 teaspoon cooking fat. Add the collard greens and ½ teaspoon salt, and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Once the collard greens are cooked, add the collard greens, lentils, garlic, ginger, paprika, coriander or cumin, and tomato paste to the food processor (or finely chop collard greens and mash lentils with hands). Let the mixture cool completely. 
  • In a large bowl, mix the ground meat and remaining teaspoon of salt. Gradually incorporate vegetable mixture into the ground meat. Add as much as you can while still being able to form your burgers as normal.
    *If you end up adding too much vegetable mixture, don’t worry! Just form your burgers and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Cook burgers on medium heat on the stove for 5 minutes each side or to your preference. Cooking times can vary.
  • Optional: Serve with remaining collard greens on the side.


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg
Did you try this recipe?Mention @GetBurgerFit or tag #getburgerfit!
Dirty Quinoa Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Dirty Quinoa

Alane and Jamie Szybala, a close friend and owner of Thrive Wellness Collective, always find themselves cooking together. Jamie is even highlighted in the Beet BurgerFit burger story and is one of the inspirations behind Alane's decision to start Cooking with My Friends. The two formalized their cooking partnership at Jamie's home in Tucson, Arizona, in the 7th episode of Cooking with My Friends in April 2019.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Dirty Quinoa, Easy, healthy, quinoa, Summer
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 184kcal


Pot with Lid
Measuring spoons
Cutting board
Utensil for mixing


  • For the quinoa:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dry quinoa soaked for 8-12 hours if possible
  • For the vegetables and tempeh:
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or cooking oil of choice
  • 1/2 cup celery finely diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 1/2 mushrooms such as shiitake, oyster, baby portabella (or all three!), roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons berbere seasoning if you can't find it in the store, make your own; try this recipe from https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ethiopian-spice-mix-berbere-104015
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 cups cooked tempeh


  • Bring the water and salt to a boil.
  • Add the quinoa, reduce heat, add cover, and let simmer until the water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes. Take off heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • While quinoa is cooking, heat a skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon avocado oil.
  • Fine chop the celery, onion, and green pepper, and add to skillet.
  • Add berbere seasoning and liquid aminos to the skillet.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Rough chop the mushrooms and tempeh (if necessary) and add to skillet.
  • Saute everything until soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Once the vegetables and tempeh is cooked, add them to the cooked quinoa and stir.


Try this recipe with other BurgerFit burgers:
  1. Carrot & Thyme 
  2. Spinach and Mushroom
  3. Ethiopian Lentil
  4. Kohlrabi


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg
Did you try this recipe?Mention @GetBurgerFit or tag #getburgerfit!
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Pairs Nicely With

This may sound surprising, but this burger tastes amazing with kimchi! Your tummy will love those probiotics.

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BurgerFit Tip

This recipe for Dirty Quinoa is vegan!

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Meet the Hosts

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Alane Boyd

Host of Cooking with My Friends

Alane has kept her 40 lb weight loss off since 2013, and created BurgerFit and Cooking with My Friends as a way to get her family eating better. Her health journey started in 2012 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and obesity. Frustrated and determined, Alane decided to make small, sustainable changes in her diet so that it would be maintainable for a lifetime. Now Alane maintains a healthy weight range and has incorporated quick and easy recipes that keep her picky family members eating better!

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Jamie Szybala

Owner of Thrive Wellness Collective

Jamie is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and has a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is the owner of Thrive Wellness Collective in Tuscon, Arizona.

How We Met

I met Jamie when my husband and I started dating. Jamie and her now husband, Graham, were his neighbors in San Diego. They were the first people he wanted me to meet. You cannot help but love Jamie and Graham. Talk about the coolest couple ever!! Jamie owns Thrive Wellness Collective and is an acupuncturist and Graham is a carpenter. I still want to be like Jamie when I grow up. She was the first one that taught me how to cook beets and to pair goat cheese with them. She is the inspiration behind the Beet BurgerFit burger! Too bad she didn’t pick that one to cook for our episode but I’m glad she picked the Lentil BurgerFit burger, it is delicious too.

Alane Boyd

Alane is the co-founder of BGBO Co, a business consulting company that helps business owners achieve their biggest goal and overcome their biggest obstacle. She is also the creator of BurgerFit and the host of Cooking with My Friends. Both were started to inspire people to eat healthier.


  • Tessa V says:

    5 stars
    Can you save an overcooked quinoa? Please advise. Thank you.

    • Hi Tessa. You can make a quinoa oatmeal by mixing in your favorite milk, and add-ins of choice like fresh fruits, dried foods like coconut, nuts, and such. But one of the most ways people reuse their soggy, mushy or overcooked quinoa is by making a quinoa tabbouleh. Hope this helps.

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