I made these delicious burgers for a beautiful picnic at the lake with a friend on our shared day off. Used a big heart shaped cookie cutter and a little heart shaped cookie cutter to cut these burgers, except for one, which I just kind of left as a thin patty (it was leftover batter). In a combination of big and small burgers, I think this recipe yielded at least 8.
- about 2 cups pecan or walnut meal (Ground up pecans or walnuts. I used pecan.)
- about 1 cup oat flour (Grind up whole grain rolled or quick oats in a blender to make oat flour. I used quick oats.)
- about 1 cup chick pea flour (or you can use two cups of either oat or chick pea flour)
- 5 dashes of rosemary
- 2-3 pinches of salt (I used sea salt.)
- about 1-2 tsp of garlic powder
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes (I suppose this can be optional, but you may need to substitute something else instead. I think it gives the burgers a more meaty, or slightly cheesy flavor.)
- 3-4 Tbsp coconut or olive oil
- 1 can (about 14.5 oz) of diced tomatoes with juice (I used basil, garlic, and oregano flavor, so you might want to grind up a clove of garlic or more garlic powder and add a pinch of basil and a pinch of oregano if you do not have this flavor. It turns out the kind I used contained sugar, so I think next time–if I get around to making these again–I will use a different kind, and maybe add some garlic, basil, and oregano–to taste, which is what I recommend doing.)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (I preheated mine to 425, and then lowered it to 400).
- Mix together pecan meal, oat flour, chick pea flour, rosemary, salt, and garlic powder.
- Mix in oil of choice.
- Blend diced tomatoes with juice (and garlic clove if you need/desire it) in a blender to make a sauce.
- Pour the sauce over the mix.
- Mix well. If the batter is too dry, and more like dough, you may need to add some more sauce (if you can make more or have more) or a little bit of water or soy/almond/coconut milk to moisten it. If it’s too wet and won’t hold shape, but flattens out, you may need to add more chick pea or oat flour.
- Grease cookie sheet(s) or baking pan(s).
- Shape patties.
- Bake at 400 for 20-45 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to make sure they are not burning.
- These should be firmer and dryer (though still at least a little moist inside) when finished, but not gooey on the inside. They should hold together.
My picnic plate: My friend made delicious cornbread, lentils, and salad. You can see the bruschetta topping on the cornbread, but not on the burger, because I added some to the burger after taking the photo. It was all so yummy.