Almost Paleo Hazelnut “Burgers”

Ah, vegan burger.  The inevitable “burger” that is burger-shaped, but not consisting of the typical ingredients.  Meat.  Cheese?  Hm…lentils!  Or sweet potato!  I have seriously been craving a burger made out of lentils and sweet potatoes (roasted!).  *Mouth watering*

But, I didn’t have lentils or sweet potato.  I did have hazelnuts.  And some veggies.  And some ground seeds.  And SALT!  All I need.

Hazelnut Veggie Burgers
Hazelnut Burgers

Hazelnut Burgers

1 cup hazelnuts, ground
1 Tablespoon flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
2 teaspoons ground chia seeds (completely optional)
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon [smashed] roasted garlic
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup diced green beans
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced red pepper
cooking spray or oil to grease a skillet
1/4 cup flour (I used spelt, but you could substitute almond flour to make it Paleo or Gluten Free)
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions: In a large mixing bowl, combine ground hazelnuts, flax seed meal, and chia seed meal (still optional!) until ingredients are completely incorporated.  Add water and stir (more like: press slash knead) until smooth.  Add smashed garlic, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar to bowl and “stir” until smooth.

Moving on.

Place a large skillet over medium high heat.  Coat with cooking spray.  Add beans, onion, and pepper to pan.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sauté vegetables until tender (about 2 or 3 minutes).  Remove from heat.  Allow to cool for a few minutes, then add to mixing bowl ingredients.  Stir #press #knead until burger dough is smooth.  Add flour to mixture (one Tablespoon at a time) and *stir* until smooth.  This past step would also be a good time to add salt and pepper if it needs (kneads, huh?) it.

Now for the fun part.

Get out a 4-ounce ramekin and some plastic wrap.  Center plastic wrap on ramekin.  Divide burger dough into 6 equal parts.  Press one part into bottom of ramekin.  Wrap burger in plastic wrap by folding the edges over.  Flip wrapped burger over (again) onto a plate or some sort of surface.

Hazelnut Burgers
Hazelnut Burgers
Hazelnut Burgers
Hazelnut Burgers
Hazelnut Burgers
Hazelnut Burgers

Cut another piece of plastic wrap.  Center plastic wrap on ramekin.  Press part two (of burger dough) onto bottom of ramekin.  *Repeat remaining steps and with remaining burger dough until all 6 parts are pressed and wrapped.

REFRIGERATE(!) wrapped “burgers” for 30 minutes or overnight.

And, now it’s time to cook.

To cook: Place a skillet over medium-high heat.  Lightly coat with cooking spray or oil.  Cook “burger” until browned and crisp on each side (requires flipping halfway through, unless… you have Jedi mind magic, Yea!?!).

Makes: 6 burgers, hazelnut style.

Hazelnut Burgers
Hazelnut Burgers
Hazelnut Burgers
Hazelnut Burgers

Don’t have time for burgers?  Make hazelnut crumbles instead.  (Same recipe)

Hazelnut Burger Crumbles
Hazelnut Burger Crumbles

Need a side?  Try these polenta fries.

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9 thoughts on “Almost Paleo Hazelnut “Burgers”

  1. This looks delicious! This recipe looks pretty easy and I’d like to use it to make some vegan “meat”balls. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

    1. Sure! And thanks for stopping by!
      Teeny side note: chia seeds give it a pretty strong flavor of chia seeded-ness, so keep that in mind when you’re thinking about adding them.

      Also, the longer they sit in the fridge, the more the ingredients adhere together.

      Let me know once you’ve made them, I’d love to hear how they turned out. Have yet to try “meatballs” in all my cooking endeavors. Cheers!

      1. I’ve made vegan “meat”balls once using portobello mushrooms, walnuts, and Ezekial bread. But I’d like to see what else is possible 🙂 I’ll let you know how they turn out!

    1. Thanks. They have a really great meaty quality to them, which makes them a definite go as a meat substitute. The fact that a had a huge bag of the didn’t hurt either! Hope you like the burgers, let me know how it goes. 🙂

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