Put the lentils, garlic, onion, and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook for 20-30 minutes, covered, until lentils are soft. There’s gonna be water left. That’s a good thing. Turn off the heat and add olive oil & spices. Mix well. Add bread crumbs a little at a time, until you get a thick paste studded with lentils, that you can squeeze into a stable ball. At this point, heat a frying pan or turn on your griddle to medium-high heat. Squeeze the lentil sludge into patties about the size of your palms, and then place on griddle. If you have small hands like me, this should make 10-12. Cook them about 10-15 minutes on each side, until they’re browned, and then set them aside until ready to serve. I pretty much always advise serving this with some interpretation of tzatziki.