Vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly veggie burger patties with a nutty taste. I came up with this recipe when I had a hard time finding any recipes for veggie burgers or patties that were grain-free and bean-free, and which actually contained vegetables. Both my husband and I love it. He had his on a burger bun with lettuce, avocado, and tomato.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add butternut squash cubes, cover, and steam until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer squash to a bowl and mash; measure 1/2 cup mashed squash and reserve.

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  • Place the steamer insert back into the saucepan and refill with water to reach just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower and broccoli, cover, and steam until tender, 2 to 6 minutes.

  • Process walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds together in a blender or food processor until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add broccoli and cauliflower, blend until finely chopped and incorporated.

  • Blend 1/2 cup mashed squash, salt, cumin, and black pepper into the nuts mixture until well-mixed. If mixture is too thick to process, transfer it to a bowl and mix by hand.

  • Divide mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into patties.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties in hot oil until browned and heated through, about 2 minutes per side.

Cook's Notes:

You can use any combination of desired nuts and seeds to equal 1 cup.

For even more flavor, toast the nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until fragrant and lightly browned.

Cooked pumpkin might work as a substitute for the butternut squash.

For a shortcut, use a frozen (defrosted) cauliflower/broccoli mix.

Nutrition Facts

250 calories; protein 6.9g 14% DV; carbohydrates 9.9g 3% DV; fat 22.4g 35% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 300.6mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2014
Yum. Yum. Yum. These are so good. I used cooked pumpkin and I toasted the nuts. I used pecans instead of walnuts and pumpkin seeds mixed with the sunflower seeds. I added a bit of coriander too. I fried for about five minutes per side though. They came out crispy and perfect. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2014
Yum. Yum. Yum. These are so good. I used cooked pumpkin and I toasted the nuts. I used pecans instead of walnuts and pumpkin seeds mixed with the sunflower seeds. I added a bit of coriander too. I fried for about five minutes per side though. They came out crispy and perfect. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2016
Thank you, I have been looking every where for a recipe that does not have beans, lentils etc as I can not eat them. Fantastic recipe, I left the cauliflower out as I can't eat that either, and just mashed an avocado and added it to the mix :-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2016
I served these to a friend who is following the paleo diet. They are a good source of plant protein even for a meat eater. The recipe lends itself to modifications so having a basic mix on hand opens the door for flavorful adaptations. Quick easy and a welcome addition to my stash of vegetarian recipes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2016
These are fantastic. I made these in my Thermomix so they ended up a bit sloppy so I added breadcrumbs to thicken it up. So good! I made a double batch and pretty sure they'll be all gone. No leftovers for me! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2015
these are quite good! I added a bit of crumbled feta cheese to the mixture before I fried them for a bit of extra zing (yes it takes away from being paleo) but very good! I eat mine on a salad! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2014
These were a surprising hit at my house. I honestly was not as blown away but my wife loved them. She is not eating Paleo so had them on a whole wheat bun with either Havarti or horseradish sauce. Perhaps I did something wrong but they were very crumbly. Next time I will add some egg to try to help hold them together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2020
These patties are absolutely delicious. I made them exactly as the recipe said. I will make them again and again and will not change a thing about them. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2017
WOW! This recipe is my favorite gluten-free and vegan burger recipe. And it is versatile I've used pumpkin instead of squash and a variety of veggies. It's great! Read More