You won’t believe its not meat! Ok..that was a little obvious and you probably will be able to tell – but it is still yummy, even if it isn’t meat:-) The inspiration for this recipe came from one of my favourite books called Recipes for the Endometriosis Diet. The first time I made the “Nut Roast” recipe from that book I couldn’t believe it wasn’t mince. I had some of my work colleagues at the time taste it as well and they were pretty impressed too. So, as the weather is warming up here, and I’ve been thinking about Summer and barbecues etc, I thought it was the perfect time to see if I could make a decent dairy and meat-free burger. I hope you like it:-)
How to make the patties (makes approximately 10)
- 1.5 Tbsp Organic Olive oil
- 1.5 cups raw hazelnuts
- 2/3 cup raw walnuts
- 2/3 cup raw brazil nuts (all nuts are unsalted also)
- 1 zucchini* peeled and chopped
- 1 small carrot
- 1 brown onion finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 1 mushroom (I’ve used Portabello)
- 1/2 tspn dried basil
- 1/2 tspn dried oregano
- 1 tspn Himalayan salt
- 1 egg (or egg substitute)
Where possible all ingredients would be organic.
- Grind the nuts in a food processor – it doesn’t need to be a very fine powder- but you don’t want big chunky pieces either (especially if you have a sore tooth!). Transfer the ground nuts to a mixing bowl.
- To the food processor add the chopped zucchini, garlic, olive oil, and salt and blend until it forms a puree.
- Combine the zucchini puree and the ground nuts.
- Add the grated carrot, mushroom, herbs and 1 egg and mix with a fork until all combined.
- Form the mix into patties with your hands and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Bake the patties for 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius (when they are cooked they shouldn’t crumble – so adjust cooking time to suit your oven).
How to make your own nut-not-meat dairy-free burger
- 2 slices of toasted bread that suits your dietary requirements (I’ve used Eve’s Organics Spelt Bread)
- 1/4 avocado (to spread on bread)
- 1 nut-not-meat patty
- 4 slices of Cheezly dairy-free cheese
- 4 slices of tomato
- small handful of baby spinach or rocket
This recipe contains no added dairy or meat. The patty contains tree nuts and egg. The cheezly cheese contains soy and the Eve’s organics spelt bread contains gluten. So please make sure you use ingredients which are suitable to your dietary requirements.
Where to buy the ingredients
You can purchase most ingredients from your local supermarket. If you live in Adelaide, you can purchase the Cheezly dairy-free cheddar from Bliss Organic Cafe and the Himalayan salt from either Bliss, another organic produce store or a health food store. Eve’s Organics spelt bread can be purchased from Eve’s or from Wild Thyme.