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Mushroom-Nut Burger for Your July 4th BBQ

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Today's recipe is part one in a three-part veggie burger celebration and it is just in time for the 4th of July AND is a delicious ways to decrease your meat consumption. This mouthwatering burger is definitely going to hit the spot! The good news? When you eat meat-free meals, you make the world a better place for farm animals. Just sayin'...

4th of July vegeggie yum!

Mushroom-Nut Burgers
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Here is an easy way to make a great-tasting burger substitute. When paired with a bun, this burger has a hearty texture and robust taste that stands in magnificently for the meat-based version. Bonus: Freezes well too, so make a double batch!


1½ cups lightly packed, fresh, soft whole-grain bread crumbs (from about 3 to 4 large slices) (see notes)

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or all-purpose seasoning

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

⅛ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup chopped walnuts

2 cups chopped mushrooms

⅓ cup diced onion

1 teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari or ¼ teaspoon sea salt


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a medium baking pan with unbleached parchment paper.
Put the bread crumbs, Italian or all-purpose seasoning, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt in a large bowl. Put the walnuts in a blender and process in pulses until they resemble coarsely ground flour. Add the walnuts to the bread crumbs and stir gently to incorporate. Put the mushrooms, onion, and tamari in a blender and process to a chunky purée. Add the mushroom mixture to the walnut–bread crumb mixture and stir to incorporate.

Place a 3-inch cookie cutter ring on the parchment. Pack one-quarter of the mushroom– bread crumb mixture into the ring and press it firmly and evenly into the ring to form a “burger.” Gently remove the ring. (see note) Repeat with the remaining mushroom–bread crumb mixture. Flatten each burger slightly with the back of a flat spatula. Bake for 18 minutes. Flip each burger and bake for an additional 15 to 25 minutes, or until the burgers are slightly crisp and golden.

Serve on toasted whole-grain buns, topped with lettuce, tomato, sweet onion, mustard, and catchup.

Chef’s Notes:

Gluten-free option: To make gluten-free bread crumbs, use your favorite gluten-free bread in place of the wholegrain bread.

Freshly made bread crumbs must be used in this recipe, as dry bread crumbs will not hold the burgers together. To make fresh bread crumbs, tear 3 to 4 slices of fresh, soft whole-grain bread into chunks. Put the bread chunks in a blender and process into coarse crumbs.

Alternately form the burgers into four patties, with your hands.

YIELD: 4 Servings

Recipe provided by Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian, and host of the PBS television series of the same name, as well as the podcast. Her most recent book is Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites. For more information please visit:

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