Saturday, May 17, 2014

Walnut Burgers or Meatballs

The first burger I ever made after going vegetarian was a walnut burger. Since that first time, many moons ago, this recipe has changed dramatically now that I have learned a bit more about cooking. Anyone that has shared food with me has probably had this burger at some point of their lives. I love them as burgers, I make them as meatballs, I crumble them for salads, they are a stample in our cooler whenever we are camping ... let's just say I use them a lot! For years, I didn't even want to share the recipe with anyone else ... for reasons I still don't know!

This weekend we are going camping and will enjoy a little reggae music at The Historic Trempealeau Hotel. This hotel is 'home of the walnut burger'. I will be bringing my own to enjoy and will be a stinker and not have one of the hotels! Not because they aren't good, but if you love something and can make it on your own, why pay for it? And to be a stinker again, I do like mine more ... sorry Trempealeau Hotel.

This is a pretty hardy burger so even though they are delicious with a bun, I usually like them on bed of greens. Otherwise, I eat the whole burger and the bun and I'm full for the day (not necessarily a bad thing).

And, now that I am in the business of sharing not only my food but my recipes too, I am excited to share this recipe most of all! Wow, that's a lot of hype ... hopefully you like them!

Walnut Burger or Meatballs

Makes 6

2 c walnuts, toasted
2 c panko or rice chips
1 1/2 c asiago cheese
3 eggs
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 c chopped onion
1/4 c water
1 t oregano
1 t dill
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Bake walnuts at 375° for 10 minutes.

In food processor, process walnuts and breadcrumbs. Mix in remaining ingredients in a bowl and portion into 1/2 c patties.

Walnut Burgers

Place on a sprayed pan and bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes, flipping halfway through.

walnut burger

Meatballs take about 8-10 minutes total.

Walnut Meatballs

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