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Spicy Vegan Lentil Cakes

These spicy vegan lentil cakes are perfect for satisfying your spicy food cravings! They’re easy to make, protein-rich and have a spicy and smoky flavor! 

I make the best veggie patties! Really, I do. I’m not modest at all. :)) I absolutely LOVE veggie patties and I’m constantly experimenting with new flavors, colors and textures. Some recipes are better than others, but all of them are delicious!

My vegan falafel and quinoa patties recipes are my top favorite, but I must honestly say these spicy vegan lentil cakes went straight to my top 5!

If you are a spicy food fan and love smoky flavors, then these vegan lentil cakes will become your favorite too! Smoked paprika is absolutely amazing, you’ll love it! Ever since I discovered it I’ve been using it like crazy in almost all my recipes! It completely changes any dish.

So, here’s the recipe. If you want to try other veggie patties recipes, you should check out my Ultimate Veggie Burger Guide. Enjoy!

Vegan Lentil Cakes Patties

Spicy Vegan Lentil Cakes
These spicy vegan lentil cakes are perfect for satisfying your spicy food cravings! They’re easy to make, protein-rich and have a spicy and smoky flavor!
4.67 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American, European
Servings 15 lentil cakes
Calories 85 kcal


  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 Tbsps psyllium husks or one large egg
  • 4 Tbsps nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 bell peppers I used one red and one yellow, chopped
  • ½ cup flour I used some chickpea flour
  • 2 tsps smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp spicy paprika
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • sea salt and ground pepper to taste
  • oil for frying


  • Add lentils in a pot and cover them with water. From the moment they start boiling, let them boil for about 15 minutes and then remove from heat.
  • Strain the lentils very well and put them in a large bowl. Start mashing them using a fork or a vertical blender. Add the rest of the ingredients, except oil.
  • Start mixing the composition. It has to be sticky and easy to shape. If it’s not it means that you didn’t strain the lentils very good and the composition is too wet. No problem, just add more flour until it has a dough-like consistency. Alternatively, let it rest in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • Spray a non stick pan with some oil. Not too much. Put each patty on the frying pan and let it fry about 2 minutes on each side.


Now, if you don’t want to make all the lentil cakes at once, you can just leave the bowl with the composition in the fridge and cover it with some plastic foil. It can sit in the fridge for 3-4 days. Anytime you want a lentil cake, just take some of it and fry the patty. This is what I usually do. 🙂


Serving: 1pattyCalories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.05gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 232mgFiber: 7gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 973IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 2mg
Keyword lentils, patties
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Vegan Lentil Cakes Patties
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Jenna Tania

Thursday 18th of May 2023

Has anyone tried these in an airfryer? Temp & time?


Sunday 30th of October 2022

Hi, so are you putting in the onions and peppers raw then? You've not said to cook anything other than the lentils. Cheers


Tuesday 15th of November 2022

Hi Luke. Yes, they cook enough when frying/baking.

Terry Handel

Saturday 6th of March 2021


We loved our lentil burgers! I used one red pepper, and added cumin, as at least one person suggested, a seasoned salt, ras el hanout, flaxseed meal, and bagel everything seasoning. I toasted the potato buns, with the spicy aioli someone mentioned. My husband and I both loved them and we loved that they stayed together. I also baked them, 10 minutes per side, at 356 degrees F, and smashed them a bit when I flipped them over. Really yummy! In fact, my husband suggested I write this!

Terry Handel

Saturday 6th of March 2021

We might add garlic next time...and there will be a next time!

Dew Time

Thursday 28th of January 2021

I just made these, with half the bell pepper and a little more than half the flower. They taste pretty good, thanks! It's perfect with garlic aioli drizzled on top.


Friday 12th of February 2021

Glad you liked them! :D

Brittany Sullins

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Wow these are amazing! I tweaked the recipe dependent upon what I had available in my pantry. They turned out great. I made a vegan sriracha mayo sauce to drizzle generously on top, and it tasted extra delicious! I now know I’ll never have to miss crab cakes again!! 🙂


Thursday 3rd of September 2020

So happy you liked them!