Walnut Burger

It’s not vegan. It doesn’t pretend to be a beef burger. It just tastes good and it’s easy to make.


  • 200 grams crushed walnuts (the finer the better, IMHO)
  • 200 grams cooked rice (jasmine is tasty, but brown is okay too)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped (or more, no such thing as too much garlic)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 tsp pepper (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 tsp black sesame oil (use the real stuff)

(Makes 6-7 standard hamburger sized patties)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add rice, crushed walnuts, and eggs. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add garlic, onions, mushrooms, salt, pepper, and sesame oil. Mix thoroughly.
  3. In a heavy bottom skillet, put a couple tablespoons of canola oil (or some other high-burning point vegetable oil), enough to coat the bottom.
  4. Heat the oil to medium temperature. (Drop in a tiny bit of the burger mixture. If it sizzles, it’s ready.)
  5. Spoon the mixture into the skillet, creating small mounds. Then flatten them into patties. (Note unlike ground beef burgers, these do not shrink when cooked.)
  6. When the edges of the patties begin to brown, flip them over.
  7. When both sides are cooked, remove from heat.

You can serve on a bun with burger condiments or with rice. I like it crumbled into bits served with Sambel Cap Jempol Chilli Sauce.


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