Almost raw walnut burgers
Summertime is burger time, but just because you don’t eat meat, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious burger!
These almost raw walnut burgers are also awesome on rainy summer days, because instead of throwing them on the grill, you slow cook them in the oven. I would have simply called them “raw”, but after having tried them a few times, I prefer a slightly firmer texture, with a little bit more color on them. So, instead of cooking them at 118 °F /49 °C, I cheat and turn up the temperature a little. You of course can choose a higher or lower temperature, but I don’t recommend trying to fry them – they’ll just fall apart.
One of the first times I made these, I formed them into triangles, and served them on triangular bread! I was so tired of hearing meateaters come up with comments like “Why does your food have to look like ours?” kind of thing! But, as luck would have it, I couldn’t find any triangular-shaped buns this time! And THAT my friends, is why plant-based food often comes in the same shapes and sizes as their not so cruelty-free counterparts.
Still, I’m pleased with the outcome, and the photos, which are sure to have one or more people scratching their heads, wondering why I made hamburgers when I’m vegan. Until of course they read the fine print and see that these are made of walnuts and all kinds of healthy veggies!
As I mentioned in my raw brownies post, walnuts are the king of the nut family and have more antioxidants that any other type of nut! Walnuts are associated with more than a few health benefits including cancer prevention, and heart and brain health. A lot of people think that eating fatty foods like nuts will make you fat, but walnuts are so filling that when substituted for other foods, they can actually help you lose or maintain your weight.
According to some recent studies, many people in the United States (nearly 95% between the ages of 19-50) do not eat any kind of tree nut! When looking at the nutritional differences between those who eat tree nuts and those who don’t, researchers found that on average, the 5% who are getting a daily dose of tree nuts got more fiber, potassium,calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E, while at the same time reducing their sodium intake.
So, rain or shine, you should definitely give these almost raw walnut burgers a try soon!
- 3 Cups (7 dl) - walnuts, soaked for 3+ hours
- 1 Cup (2.4 dl) - mushrooms, chopped
- 1 Cup (2.4 dl) - fresh herbs of your choice (I used basil, thyme, oregano and tarragon) finely chopped
- 1 large red onion, diced
- 3 carrots, shredded
- ½ a pepper, chopped
- ½ cup (1.2 dl) - sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Optional: a dash or two of vegan worcestershire sauce and/or soy sauce
- Drain and rinse the soaked walnuts, and add them to a blender or food processor.
- Add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth. The mixture will have a very moist, loose consistency.
- Form the mixture into patties, place on parchment paper, and heat in the oven until firm. At raw temperatures, 104-118 °F (40-49 °C) this could take 3-4 hours. Since I do not follow a strict, raw diet, I heated these at about 300°F (150 °C) for one hour. No matter what temperature you choose, the patties should remain soft and moist.