the finely ground walnuts replace bread crumbs in this recipe and give it a serious flavour boost.
- 2 cups cooked short grain brown rice
- 1¼ cup finely ground walnuts
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1½ tablespoons tamari
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
it's important that you use short grain brown rice in this recipe as it provides a much stickier texture than long grain rice. make sure it's cooled down to room temperature. combine all ingredients except for walnuts and rice into a medium mixing bowl. mix into a dry crumbly paste and incorporate the rice. the rice and paste should combine to be a pretty thick and sticky mash. last, fold in the ground walnuts.
you should be able to create about 5 1/2-inch patties. these don't really firm up like a standard veggie burger, but the flavor is phenomenal. just be gentle when cooking them and you shouldn't have any problems.
fry: grill in a non-stick skillet with about 1 tablespoon oil for about 10 minuets on each side.
bake: on a greased cookie sheet, bake at 375°f for 15 minutes on each side. i've also baked them in an oil-rubbed cast iron grill pan.
grill: heat grill to medium and use a non-stick olive oil spray to prevent sticking. grill for 10-12 minutes on each side.