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Nut and Seed Burgers with Tahini Sauce

Nut and Seed Burgers with Tahini Sauce

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

15 minutes

Servings:

Makes 5-6 burgers

Difficulty:

Easy

Nut and Seed Burgers with Tahini Sauce Recipe

An unusual but addictive burger, Nut and Seed Burgers with Tahini Sauce are loaded with protein (about 15 grams per burger), healthy fat, iron, and fiber. Made from a combination of nuts (walnuts were used in this recipe), hemp seeds (which contain all essential amino acids), and flax seed, these burgers should be made on the smallish side since they are so dense. In addition to protein, nuts and seeds deliver heart-healthy omega-3 fats, anti-inflammatory agents, and aid digestive health. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds and in addition to protein, sesame seeds provide a powerful dose of calcium.

Perfect to make ahead and bring for lunch, these tasty, dense burgers are also great on the grill because they hold together so well. Served on a bed of fresh salad greens dressed with lemon juice, you’ll find that a bun may not be necessary because the burgers are so filling. As long as you keep the ratios about the same, feel free to substitute nuts and seeds based on what you have in the pantry. For variety, add different spices or herbs, and experiment with dressings based on the theme of your menu.

 

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    For the Burger

    3 cloves garlic

    1 cup raw nuts (almonds and walnuts are good choices)

    1 cup ground flaxseed

    1/2 cup hemp seeds

    1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

    4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

    4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    2 tablespoons tamari or good soy sauce

    Salt to taste

    For the Tahini Sauce

    2 garlic cloves

    1/2 cup tahini

    Juice from 2 lemons

    1/4 – 1/2 cup water

    2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

    2 teaspoons tamari, or good soy sauce

    To Serve

    Fresh salad greens

    Lemon juice

    Sliced tomato

    Avocado

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    To make burgers, pulse garlic, nuts, and seeds together until finely ground. Add balsamic, oil, and tamari. Blend together. Mixture should be moist and hold together when pinched between two fingers. Use a portion scoop or a spoon, form mixture into 3-inch patties. Bake at 375ºF for about 15 minutes, or until slightly brown on the bottom. Flip burgers halfway through cook time. These work well on the grill as well. To make sauce, stir together all the ingredients, adding more water to thin if necessary. Serve on greens dressed with lemon juice and salt, topped with tomato and avocado, and tahini dressing.

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