What’s Cooking Wednesday: Lentil Frisco Melts


Lentil Frisco Melt

Steak n Shake holds a special place in my heart. Steak n Shake was THE place to be in high school. We’d go all the time—after school, before/after football games, after show choir competitions, after parties, on the weekends… literally, I lived at Steak n Shake in high school. And what’s more “quintessential SnS” than a Frisco Melt.

My vegetarian husband sent me the link a Rabbit and Wolves recipe for Lentil Frisco Melts and I knew we had to make it. The recipe is vegan, so I made a few tweaks that make it vegetarian friendly because let’s be honest, cheese is life.


Here’s the recipe I followed for our Lentil Frisco Melts:

For Patties:
1 c cooked green lentils (this is about 1/2 c dry/uncooked)
1 egg, whisked
3/4 c panko bread crumbs
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
a pinch of salt and pepper

For Frisco Sauce:
1/2 c mayo
2 tbsp ketchup
3 pickle slices, diced (like the pickle chips you put on a hamburger)
2 tsp agave syrup
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
a pinch of black pepper

For the Lentil Frisco Melts:
Sandwich bread
1/2 white onions, sliced thin
Cheddar cheese
Butter to spread on the bread


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add your lentils and smash with a fork. You want to smash them pretty well, but not completely smooth. You want some texture so keep it a little chunky.
  3. Add egg, panko, olive oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the lentils. Stir until everything is combined.
  4. Form mixture into patties by rolling into ball and flatten into a patty. I’d recommend 3 patties, or you can do 4 if you prefer your patties thin.
  5. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and put your patties on the sheet. Spray the top of the patties with more spray. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes.
  6. While patties are baking, add all the ingredients for your sauce into a bowl and stir until well combined.
  7. Once the patties are done, assemble your sandwiches on buttered bread as follows: sauce, onions, patty, cheese, sauce, buttered bread. 
  8. Place sandwich, butter-side down, in a pan and cook until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

And there you go! A vegetarian twist on a recipe that your family will enjoy for dinners to come. Now go add these Lentil Frisco Melts to your next meal plan and let us know what you think!


Lentil Frisco Melts