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Nut Burgers

Reprinted from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008)

This delicious burger recipe will give you opportunity to pile up a bun with mustard, pickle, tomato or whatever and chow down without bothering a single cow.  The nut and grain combination makes a complete protein, all you need is a vegetable soup or salad to make the meal complete.  Try them with our Tomato Basil Soup or the Massaged Kale Salad.

cup sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
teaspoon sea salt
1 cups cooked brown rice

1 small carrot
(or of a large one), grated finely
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1-2 teaspoons ghee or butter
4 sprouted whole grain buns

Grind nuts and seeds to a fine meal in a small grinder or food processor.  Place ground nuts in a bowl and add cumin, oregano, cayenne, garlic and salt; mix well.  Fold in cooked brown rice.  Add tomato sauce a little at a time until you get a stiff, but workable texture.  Form mixture into patties with moist hands.  If the mixture is not holding together, the nut grind wasn't fine enough.  Put all of the mixture back into the food processor and pulse 3-4 times.  That should do it.  Refrigerate patties for a few hours if possible.  Lightly coat a skillet with ghee and brown patties on both sides.  Serve on whole grain buns with your favorite fixin's.

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes (without refrigeration time)
Makes 4 burgers

FOR BABIES 6 MONTHS & OLDER: Puree extra cooked brown rice with a little breast milk or water.


Judith Loebl
The nut burgers look great! I can't wait to try them.
June 19, 2009, 7:12 am

si sam
That is so wierd! 3 days ago I was looking for a nut burger recipe. Can't wait to try them! Thanks
June 19, 2009, 8:30 am

Ricardo Novak
Wow, we were just thinking - how can we enjoy a BBQ without killing anything!? Mmmmmmmmmm.
June 19, 2009, 12:30 pm

Wendy Wallace
Those look good! And so does your apron, Cynthia! So cute! I want one!
June 20, 2009, 2:04 pm

Cathy Lilienthal
I have just been commenting on wanting to find a veggie burger recipe without wheat...Thank you ...I will try them today I love doggie talk!!
June 22, 2009, 2:24 pm

Kris Tsujikawa
Hi! I love your cookbook and your videos! You are very motivating and I love the way you celebrate life and food. I have a nutrition question. I'm getting ready to puree some broccoli with pear for my one year old son and I was wondering if broccoli florets are more nutritious than the stems or maybe there is no difference? Thanks again for everything. Best wishes to you, your family, crew and staff. :)
June 22, 2009, 11:16 pm

Joel Saenz
Thanks Cyn for looking out for us veggi's. You are such a great cook and I love all your vegetarian recipes. I would like to suggest on your next book if you could include vegetarian and vegan alternative ingredients in your recipes.
June 23, 2009, 8:28 am

Cynthia Lair
Kris, I think the florets would be easier to digest (hence more nutritious)
June 23, 2009, 8:28 am

Bob Brown
We have made this recipe several times now and it's the Real Deal It's delicious If you haven't purchased Ms. Lair's Feeding the Family, you should; it's available at (but probably also on her website?). This is a vegetarian burger that even a carnivore like me can love
February 2, 2010, 11:10 pm

Hope Kelly
I absolutely love this yummy! What a lovely site~I am hooked!
February 20, 2010, 4:04 pm

Tom Gookcook
Woof woof said the little brown dog as he woofed down the burger.
September 6, 2010, 2:35 pm

Krista B
I just made this recipe and it was amazing very yummmmmy. I switched it up a bit, i added Drews Smoked Tomatoe dressing instead of the tomatoe sauce. It was very good. :)
March 2, 2011, 1:36 pm

Christina James
Could you offer any suggestions as a substitute for the garlic? I don't eat onions (or their powders) either. Perhaps aessfatida? Thanks very much!
August 29, 2011, 11:34 am

Cynthia Lair
Christina, Just omit the garlic. There's plenty of flavor w/o it.
August 29, 2011, 1:11 pm

Hi Cynthia, My family loved this recipe! Thank you!! Question for you...can these be made into patties and frozen for a later date? Any tips for doing that? Thank you!
March 2, 2012, 8:10 pm

Cynthia Lair
HI Jen, I haven't tried it but it seems like these burgers would freeze nicely. Let me know if you try it.
March 3, 2012, 8:45 am

Champesh Champesh
This is a recpie for Easter Buns . I got this recpie from my mother-in-law when I got married. It has been in her family for generations. You mix the dough on Saturday evening and shape the buns. When you wake up Easter Morning They have risen .I have been making these for 48 years now. It wouldn't seem like Easter without them. The buns are very light and the recpie makes a lot of them so we always use the extras to make sandwiches with our leftover ham.EASTER BUNSstart sponge about 7:00pmSPONGE -1/2 cup flour1/2 cup sugar1/2 pkg. dry yeast (1 tsp.)warm water to make 2 cups.Mix together and let stand about 1 hour.BUNS-2 cups sponge2 cups warm water1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup lard2 tsp. saltMix bread dough. Let rise about 4 hours.Put in pans and let rise until morning.Bake at 400b0F for 15 min.
June 6, 2012, 2:53 pm

Jennifer Lewis
Can this recipe be made into a nut loaf? Maybe press into a loaf pan and bake?
February 7, 2013, 3:56 pm

Cynthia Lair
I think the loaf could work. Let me know if you try it!
February 8, 2013, 9:59 am

nina bean
Hey, I would really like to try these but I don't have sunflower seeds on hand. Could I sub almonds or cashews? thank you!
May 8, 2013, 11:21 am

nina bean
hey, I was able to get some sunflower seeds. These turned out great! Thank you. I served them with your turn up the heat molasses BBQ sauce. So delicious can't wait for tomorrows leftovers!
May 13, 2013, 7:06 pm

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February 8, 2018, 6:19 pm

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