Overview

A dehydrator is required for these raw veggie burger patties. Hempseed hearts give these veggie burgers their moist texture. Although this recipe has a lot of ingredients, it's actually quick to prepare since it's pretty much "throw and go."
  • Prep Time

    10 min
  • Total Time

    7 hours 10 min
  • Suggested Servings

    8 servings
  • Yield

    8 patties
  • Shelf Life

    5 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Add all ingredients (except hemp hearts and chopped veggies) to your food processor. Process until well mixed. Transfer into a large bowl.
  • 2. Add remaining ingredients (hemp hearts and chopped veggies) to mixture in large bowl. Mix with a spoon until thoroughly combined.
  • 3. Line dehydrator trays with parchment paper.
  • 4. Form patties with your hands, similar to burger patties—approximately ½ to ¾ of an inch thick. Place on trays. Patties should fill approx. two trays. Patties should not touch one another.
  • 5. Dehydrate on high for 1.5 hours. Reduce heat and dehydrate for another 5 hours. Once burger patties are holding together and firming up nicely, remove parchment paper and continue dehydrating until they reach desired veggie burger consistency.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw veggie burger recipe? Wondering how can you have a raw veggie burger without meat or bread, etc?

Just get raw-creative!

First, the patty.

Raw veggie burger patties are usually made from a savory concoction of vegetables and a binding agent (like flax seed, for example). The mixture is molded into patties and dehydrated in a dehydrator, which results in a delicious, hearty patty. When preparing your patties, be mentally prepared that they will be a lot smaller after dehydration as much of the moisture is removed during the dehydration process.

The bun? You can either make a bread or cracker by dehydrating them, or do what I do. Wrap the patty in a crisp leaf or romaine lettuce and you're good to go. :)

The condiments? Try this nut-based raw mayonnaise recipe or raw ketchup!

Although this specific recipe has a lot of ingredients, it's actually quick to prepare since it's pretty much "throw and go." I love the flavor of this recipe. I really don't like the raw carrot/almond veggie burger recipe that seems to be everywhere nowadays. In contrast, this recipe is nice and moist. It doesn't taste like "meat" but it is a very nice, fresh, flavorful veggie burger patty. Give it a try - it's easier than it looks.

Nutrition Overview

B+grade
  • This recipe is very low in Calories, and Carbohydrates.
  • This recipe is low in Sodium.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Dietary Fiber, and Iron.

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will the hemp seeds give you a negative drug test . i work at a place that give random drug tests so just curious

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How many patties does this make?

Thanks!
Stephanie

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My pleasure Laura!

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Hi! When you say put the dehydrator on high for the first hour or so, what kind of temperature do you mean? Also I am always unsure how moist they should be as I read about mould forming if things are too moist..... Can you offer a little advice? Thanks n LOVE your site and recipes.

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Hi Tracey,

As you know, when dehydrating raw food it is important to keep the enzymes alive by dehydrating at 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.6 degrees Celsius) or lower.

However, I recommend turning your dehydrator on “high” (145 degrees) for about 1.5 hours when first putting food in the dehydrator, and then decreasing the temperature to 105 degrees after 1.5 hours or so.

I suggest this because the initial warmer temperature will help to take away a lot of the moisture at first, and the thinking is that it takes a while for your dehydrator to climb up to “high” and it also takes quite a while for the food to actually get to the temperature that the dehydrator air is at so it is still safe for raw foodists.

One of the best side-effects of setting your temperature higher at first is that it’s good at getting rid of the initial moisture quite quickly. Increasing the temperature at the beginning of cooking time is common practice in the raw food community. If you are not mindful about turning the heat back down after 1.5 hours, yes, your food will be heated above 105 degrees. However, this risk is warranted. That initial heat blast can really save you a lot of time and can accelerate the dehydrating process by quite a bit, even by 50% sometimes.

For me, I do strive to live a 100% raw lifestyle; however, I also make some slight tweaks to the “rules” in order to ensure that I can stay raw over the long-term.

Hope this helps!

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Can't wait to try these. There in my dehydrator right now on high. I don't know what went wrong but my mixture was very dry wouldn't hold together so I added some water a little at a time until they held together.
I also used kelp powder instead of sea salt.

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Hi Donna,

Thanks for your note - it might have been too dry because the veggies that you added were dry? Which veg did you use in the patty?

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Fantastic. Had them on some local arugula with a big dollop of homemade guacamole. So satisfying! Happy Canada Day!

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Hi TJ! That's great to hear! Yum!

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I watched the pod cast, and am very excited to try out these burgers but I am hoping you have a suggestion for me as it's 4 p.m.now, add 1.5 hrs on high, then another 5 hours until they are done?!! Is it possible to stop after a few hours and refrigerate, and then put them back in the dehydrater tomorrow for a few more hours to finish making them??

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Yes - you can definitely do exactly as you mentioned. You do want to refrigerate in between though, as you mentioned :)

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Can I freeze the leftovers to use for later? I live alone and always have way too much food when I follow any of the recipes. How long do they last in the frig?

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Hi Penny! cute pic!

5 days in fridge. Yep, they freeze great! Just defrost in fridge when you want to eat. And even better, then dehydrate again for an hour or so immediately before eating

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Hi Laura-Jane, I'm having a hard time finding hemp hearts. Is it ok to substitute something else like flax or chia seeds in their place? I really want to make these. Thank you ❤️

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I made the first batch exactly as described (only added soaked chia seeds) and they were great; there just wasn't enough....yummy! The second batch I had run out of sunflower seeds so I used pecans and almonds. In researching hemp burgers, I found a recipe that called for chia seeds soaked in water. This site stated that the gelatinous state soaking them beings will help them bind together; it worked perfectly. Also, I added chopped mushrooms, a heaping teaspoon of chutney, ancho chile pepper and chipotle chile pepper for a little kick. For my taste, it was even better.

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Interesting comments, thank you! Looks like you made a mean burger! :)

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Almost forgot...hemp seeds are easily found on Amazon.
I also added grated carrot to the mix. Not having a dehydrator, I baked mine in the oven and I intend to re-heat on the grill for an added flavor.

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Thanks for the tip. You can find a lot of things on Amazon!

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Hi ShelbyCat,

Unfortunately not for this recipe - the hempseed hearts really make it! It won't turn out at all the same without them

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My husband said 8/10, my daughter 10/10 and me 10/10. Quite a good result...Congrats!

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Looks delicious Nancy! You deserve all the credit on this one :) And 8/10 from your husband is pretty good, nice work!

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Could you please tell the exact dehydration temperatures? Thanks

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Hi JD,

I do high (about 140) for the first hour-ish, then reduce down to 110 for the remainder of the time

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I tried these today and they taste great - better than so many other so called raw vegi burgers I have made that taste pretty bad.... thanks for the great recipe

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So glad you enjoyed them, Gayle :)

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Raw burgers do not say exact temperature cooking. Is low 105? What is high?

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Hi Lynn, low - 105, high = 140F :)

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Is there a substitute for hemp seed? It's one of those highly illegal foods the United Arab Emirates will throw you in jail for (21 years).

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