Recipe: Gluten-free Walnut Burgers

from the Savvy Vegetarian


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion (2 slices) OR 1 carrot quartered lengthwise and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup minced celery (1 medium stalk)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaf
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup cooked short grain brown rice (stickier than long grain)
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
    • Gluten Free Option: Use gluten free bread crumbs or 1/4 cup millet flour
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp or more tahini as needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium low
  2. Peel, remove stem, and mince the garlic
  3. Mince the onion and celery
  4. Turn the heat up under the fry pan to medium. Sauté veggies until soft and beginning to brown
  5. Add herbs & spices and stir for 1 minute
  6. Add walnuts, veggies & spices, parsley, rice, breadcrumbs and nutritional yeast to food processor, and process until well mixed but not mushy.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste
  8. If you don't have a food processor, mix well using a spatula, smooshing it all together with your hands if necessary
  9. Add 1 Tbsp or more tahini if the mixture seems too dry to stick together well
  10. Add more breadcrumbs if it seems too gooey to easily form into patties
  11. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan on medium. Divide the burger mixture into eight balls, flatten, and fry ten minutes on each side

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