Spicy Yellow Split Pea Burger

What if I said you could have a meal which is high in protein yet made of  plants, low in fat yet very satisfying, tasty yet affordable, and you can make it yourself using a chopping board and 1 large mixing bowl! Whether you eat only plants or not, this is a guilt-free burger you can have any day of the week not just for special occasions!

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Why Yellow Split Peas? Well, firstly I find peas and lentils much easier on digestion than beans, secondly buying a bag of dried peas costs next to nothing and you can make numerous healthy satisfying meals out of it. Best of all split peas are:

low in FAT only 1%  (1 cup=0,8 grams)

high in PROTEIN (1 cup=16 grams)

high in dietary FIBER (essential for healthy digestion)

IRON (14%), CALCIUM (3%)

Spicy Yellow Split Pea Burger

This burger is also great to take with you on a day out. It will keep you going for hours and you can eat it on the go with your hands!



First cook your split peas, let them boil for 10 minutes then simmer for another 25-30 minutes until soft. You do not need to soak overnight, although I often do. It’s just a habit I soak all my dried legumes overnight.


Spicy Yellow Split Pea Burger

While you peas are cooking, start chopping your onion, mushrooms, jalapenos (or fresh chilli peppers) and fresh parsley.




Save the polenta for coating once you shape your burgers. You can do without if your don’t have any or use bread crumbs if you prefer.


Mix all ingredients and spices together. Add flour. If the batter is too wet add more flour, if it is too dry add a little bit of water or 1TBSP of chia seeds to absorb the extra moisture. Form burger shapes in your palms, coat in polenta and fry on a preheated non-stick pan.


Serve with chips, potato wedges or in a wholemeal bun layered with fresh veggies! Enjoy!


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  • Woohoo! I’m so glad you made a blog post out of that beautiful burger! You really have me intrigued about this yellow split pea flour, but I haven’t been able to find it locally. All I’ve seen is green pea flour, which would make for quite a different colored burger!

    P.S. Polenta coating = genius!

    • pj says:

      Hello Natalie
      Thank you so much I thought I give it a try and actually measure everything properly also I’m so impressed by that flour I had to do something with it. Green pea flour wow that’s a new one! I don’t think I’ve seen that anywhere. The Gram Flour is quite common in Indian shops over here they seem to have it everywhere although I’ve never noticed it for years. Well this one will go on my list for you then I trade it for those magic purple potatoes. Thank you for your comment and encouragement xxx

  • carla says:

    Yum, sounds delicious!

  • Showhan says:

    It looks so delicious !! I am very interested to make this as I love pea burger so much. Awesome recipe !!

    • pj says:

      Thank you very much, I prefer chick peas or yellow split peas to beans they’re just so much easier on my digestion and still taste and bind well. Have a great week…

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