This burger was one of the first posts I ever did. Almost 8 years ago, when I started this little blog as a way to share my recipes as a grad student living in California. I still remember that tiny little studio apartment where I began my solo cooking journey; my place to combine the food I loved growing up with my on-again, off-again, but mostly on-again vegetarian diet.
My then boyfriend, now husband’s, mom was the first one to introduce me to the idea of a walnut burger and it was love at first bite.
I ate two that night for dinner then begged her for the recipe. Since BL and I had only been dating for a short time, she didn’t quite understand yet the obsessive love I have for food. I’m pretty sure I’ve requested this recipe a half-dozen times in the years since, a must-make whenever she visits in the summertime.
If you haven’t had a walnut burger before, you are going to love these. They are super meaty, but different than other veggie burgers as they are completely bean-less. You know how much I love my lentils and beans, but it’s sometimes nice to swap in other ingredients.
I don’t know where this recipe came from and I’ve only tweaked it slightly since she gave it to me; hence why I still call them “Cheri’s Walnut Burgers.” After you form the burgers and let them chill, you’ll lightly fry until golden and then simmer them in vegetable broth for another 15-20 minutes. This two step approach makes them crispy, yet moist. They also don’t crumble or fall apart like a lot of homemade veggie burgers.
They are vegetarian, not vegan. For my friends who don’t eat eggs, I’ve tried these once with egg replacer and they are OK. I like them better the way the recipe is written, but you can swap in an egg replacer if you need to! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!
Yield 4-6 patties, depending on size
Walnut Burgers! You've gotta try these delicious, omega-3 packed vegetarian walnut burgers. A must-make this summer.
- 1 cup walnut pieces
- 1 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- ½ cup original soy milk
- 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- oil, for lightly frying
- 2 cups vegetable broth, to cover patties
Grind walnuts in blender or food processor, then mix with the rest of the burger mixture ingredients: oats, breadcrumbs, eggs, milk, onion, garlic, sage, and salt/pepper. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour to let the flavors come together and thicken slightly.
Place a skillet over medium heat and add in just enough oil to make a thin layer. Form the patties, then lightly fry for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Once patties are brown, add the vegetable broth to cover the patties, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
I love these most with fresh tomato slices, lettuce, pickled and spicy mustard!
Courses dinner, main
Cuisine burger, healthy