Last week I wanted burgers but I also wanted to use up stuff we had around our kitchen, so that meant no going to the grocery store for new items. I had to use what was around the house. Luckily I stumbled across this veggie burger recipe over at My Food Geek and with claims that this was the best veggie burger ever, I was definitely intrigued. The recipe originally comes from The New Laurel’s Kitchen: A Handbook for Vegetarian Cookery and Nutrition and while it seems strange to add broth to the cooking burgers, it works! The burgers are delicious and hearty and I might just have to second these as the best veggie burgers ever. We ate them on toasted hamburger buns spread with a dollop of homemade chipotle mayo, some organic ketchup, a slice of melted cheddar cheese and a few slices of cucumber. Delcious! We didn’t server these with fries, but we ate them with my favorite lemony green beans which have bite, contain the perfect amount of salt and are the perfect summer substitute for hot and greasy fries.
walnut oatmeal burgers
2 c walnut pieces
2 c rolled oats
½ c breadcrumbs
3 eggs, slightly beaten
½ c skim milk
1 onion, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 t sage
1 t salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
for cooking burgers:
oil to brown patties
3 c vegetable stock*
1. Grind walnuts in blender and combine with the rest of the burger mixture ingredients. Let the mixture rest in refrigerator for about an hour to let the flavors meld together.
2. Form the mixture into patties. The entire mixture will make 8-12 burgers depending on the size patty formed. It is recommended to use half of the mixture now, and reserve the rest for use in another recipe or for more burgers later.
3. Brown patties on both sides in a lightly oiled skillet, then pour the stock into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Serve on buns with all your burger fixings.
* If you are only cooking up half the mixture now and half later, be sure to also half the amount of stock. So use 1 ½ c of stock per half batch.
This looks SO GOOD! I really want to just sit down to that plate. Veggie burgers are the best! I’m always on the lookout for great vegetarian cookbooks too, so thanks for the reference.
This looks so awesome! I love how you subbed the green beans for fries. I have been meaning to give them a try since the last time that you posted.
these look great! i have been on the lookout for some new veggie burgers too since a friend is coming over to grill this weekend…
do you think there’d be any way to add some lentils for some extra protein? or would that throw off the texture too much?
i must try making these if they are given the title best ever! i’ve only tried making veggie burgers once, and they were more like little patties that fell apart very easily (but were also very tasty!) they were the mushroom pecan burgers (i think that’s what they’re called) in the rebar cookbook. your beans look yummy too. 🙂
It looks delicious!
I would never have guessed they are not made of beef or chicken.
stefanie, these really are great! give ’em a try.
eviedee, really those green beans i can eat all the time! so yummy!
robina, i have no idea how added lentils would be. i’d say go ahead but you may need to add another egg to help bind! let me know how it turns out.
eatme_delicious, rebar has the best recipes! i’ll have to try that one out.
patricia, even my husband who is a bit skeptical loved them.
aria, these were great 🙂
I’m here! I’m here! I definitely have to make these veggie burgers! I’ve been eating veggie burgers for the past 2 months almost 3 times a week. I’m getting a bit tired of the same ol’ store bought frozen burgers and I think this recipe would be a great opportunity to try something new and kick it up a notch.
awesome recipe, i bet they worer delicious! i love veggie burgers too 🙂
i can’t wait to try beans this way! as for the burgers, i’m completely in love with the potential … could you suggest a way to make them vegan – what could i use instead of eggs to bind them?
joanne, homemade ones are so much better than storebought ones. let me know how they turn out!
lili, the green beans rock! as for making them bind without eggs….hmmm, maybe a bit of flour and soy milk? i haven’t experimented w/o the eggs, so i’m not certain! let me know if you find a good solution.
There must be something in the blogosphere as I was just going through recipes trying to find one for veggie burgers. I’ll have to give these a try. I also just received huge bags of garden-fresh green beans, so you can bet I’ll be making your lemon garlic beans!
wow, that sounds so delicious! being vegetarian, I’m always on the lookout for new recipes! thanks!
Mmmm…what a perfect summer meal!
For a veggie burger it sounds delicious!
I am inspired. I will try these asap, though I will have to refrain from telling my carnivore-hubbie what’s in them until he has eaten them.
He’s incorrigeable. He’ll scarf down my bad-ass veggie-lasagne, then grimace when he realizes he’s been duped!
I’m a non-red meat eater, so I’m always looking for creative ways burger-like creations. I’m stuck on salmon patties right now, but these sound great! Thanks!
Oh boy! I’m trying these as soon as our apt. renovation is finished. I love the thinly sliced cukes on the bun too. I feel like you don’t even miss the beef or the fries.
This looks awesome! I’ve never tried making my own veggie burgers, so I’ll have to try this!
ALSO, I saw a little plug for ya in Chatelaine – that’s aweomse! Congrats! 🙂
fiber, these burgers are great! let me know how you like them.
alyson, enjoy! these burgers are super tasty and they make lots which is great for leftovers!
thanks monika k, this was a great meal!
haha, jerry! it IS delicious!
jennie, sometimes they must be duped!
max, i’ve never had salmon patties which sound awesome…but these are perfect. enjoy!
annieknodes, with this meal, nothing is missed 🙂
thanks leslie, i should buy that copy of Chatelaine since my library copy is well overdue 🙂
the burger looks quite fresh and all puffed up .. unlike the sight at the so called, King of them all, Burger King 🙁
nabeel, this definitely beats “the king”.
Looks and sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it! (Do you have your recipe for the homemade chipotle mayo posted somewhere?)
powerfille, no recipe…just homemade mayo with some chipotle powder thrown in for good measure! you can even throw in chipotle powder into store bought mayo & it will be great.
Great, will give it a go tonight, thanks!
i made these for friends last night and they were fantastic! i may not go back to regular burgers…
I love the fact that you didn’t have to leave the house for 2 cups of walnuts! I’m looking forward to tying them but I know I’ll have to take a trip to the store!
I can’t wait to try these, I’m always looking for great new veggie burger recipes. This is a great blog!
Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I tried them last night and they are indeed the.best.ever.! They have a certain “meaty” flavour and texture which is just amazing.
These might also be great with thin slices of apple!
Can these be made and store frozen for later use (just reheat and use)?
anon, i haven't tried freezing them, but i'm sure they'd be fine. if you do try them, please let me know! thanks.
I tried these burger patties….they are delicious. Thanks for this great recipe. I used a little less walnuts…calorie conscious. They freeze and hold well. I used the frozen patties for like 2 months. Also I use plain water instead of stock to cook the patties and it works just fine. I am going to make a third batch today 🙂
I made these yesterday. I halved the recipe, but forgot to use half the eggs, fried them in 1T olive oil over medium heat for about 15 minutes. i didn’t use the broth, but they turned out delicious. I was worried they would be too egg-y, but not at all. i also used wheat bran instead of bread crumbs and 1T of nutritional yeast.