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Walnut Burgers


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It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a recipe.

But I have an excuse: I’ve been getting quite large, ya’all.  At 34 weeks preggo, nesting mode is in full swing. That means I’ve been cleaning, organizing, planning, and pretty much putting the rest of my life on hold–including making and photographing new recipes, sadly.

Here’s the big ol’ belly.

Pregnant Lindsay


Anyways, so walnut burgers. If you’ve ever had a baby or just wanted to pack away some food items in the freezer for future, more busy, sleep-deprived times, you know how potentially wonderful and important these walnut burgers could be.

All you have to do is bake your patties, let them cool to room temperature, put them in freezer bags or other freezer-safe containers, and throw them in the freezer.  Then, when you’re hungry as a bear and don’t have time to cook, all you have to do is throw a frozen patty into the toaster (or microwave or skillet or oven) until it is heated to your liking, and eat it in a bun with some veggies and vegan mayo. Easy peasy.

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And SO flavorful.

Something you’re really going to love about this recipe is the texture of the patties. So many vegan burgers I’ve tried are too mushy or too rubbery or even just hard as bricks. Not. These.

The walnuts, rice, bread crumbs/gluten flour work together to make these burgers firm and chewy, but not tough or rubbery, in my opinion.

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And, because every burger needs to be slathered in some sort of tangy sauce, I mixed together a few tablespoons of vegan mayo, a few squeezes of lemon juice, and a pinch of dill weed, and smeared all that on my burger.

The result? Yumminess.

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Easy Walnut Burgers with rice and veggies that are easily freezable
Recipe type: Burger
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (I made my own by grinding up 4-5 slices of vegan whole grain bread)
  • 1 cup cooked rice (white or brown is fine)
  • 1 cup walnuts (finely ground to almost meal consistency in a food processor or blender)
  • 6 tablespoons gluten flour (also known as vital wheat gluten)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (or dry ground)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2½ tablespoons soy sauce (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons water or unsweetened soymilk (Actual amount needed may vary slightly.)
  1. In a skillet, saute celery, onion, and mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or a few tablespoons of water) until they are soft.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients (and sauteed veggies when they are finished.) You may have to adjust how much liquid (water or soymilk) is needed based on whether you use store-bought bread crumbs or make your own out of fresh bread, like I did. I recommend adding extra water or soymilk 1 tablespoon at a time until your burger mixture reaches your desired consistency (not sopping wet, but soft, moist, and malleable).
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Shape burger mixture into round ¼ cup sized patties and place on an oiled or non-stick lined cookie sheet. Bake patties for approximately 30 minutes, flipping each patty over after the first 15 minutes.
  5. Allow patties to cool for a few minutes before serving. Allow patties to cool to room temperature before freezing.
This recipe was inspired/adapted from Kay Hansen's Vegan Homestyle Cookbook, found here (affiliate link):

“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” Lamentations 3:25 (King James Version)

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  • How to Philosophize with Cake May 8, 2014, 9:17 pm

    Haha! And those burgers look great. Have never tried walnut in veggie burgers, but I think I might have to do so.

    • Lindsay May 9, 2014, 6:13 am

      I think you’ll love walnuts in burgers. :) Thanks for the kind words.

  • Mary @ Mary's Test Kitchen May 9, 2014, 8:45 am

    This look great! I have been experimenting with making burgers lately and yours is another to add to the to-try list. :-)

  • Cassie May 11, 2014, 7:49 pm

    You’re in the home stretch now, Lindsay! Baby will be here any time. :D

    These burgers look yummy. I’m always looking for new inspiration for veggie burgers, and this one is a good one. Walnuts is something I’ve never tried before. I’m excited to give this recipe a try!

    • Lindsay May 12, 2014, 12:09 am

      Thanks, Cassie!! I love the texture of the ground walnuts in these burgers, and I think you will too. Can’t wait for this baby to be out! ;)

  • Sue September 20, 2014, 2:28 pm

    What could I use instead of mushrooms???? really don’t like the rubberiness of them, Maybe they are not as bad ground up. But just in case can I sub something else?

    • Lindsay September 20, 2014, 10:57 pm

      Hi Sue, good question! Hmmm….mashed garbanzo beans? maybe? I’ve not tried it myself, but I would try that first. :)

  • elaine December 31, 2014, 9:53 am


    sorry to be a kitchen newb, but if i leave out mushrooms, will recipe still work or do i need to substitute something for them (like chick peas?)


    • Lindsay January 1, 2015, 10:48 am

      Hmm…I would probably add something to subsitute. Chickpeas might be a good option or some other kind of bean. I couldn’t tell you for sure, since I haven’t experimented with ingredients other than mushrooms for this recipe. I hope you like it! :)


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