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?

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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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Hi Mavypoo! Yikes, do steer clear of them then! Nope, in this recipe there is no substitution. However, I do have other veggie burger recipes that do not include hempseeds so best to make one of them :)

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How about sesame seeds in place of hemp seeds? I made this burger tonight and love it. My" bun" was an iceburg lettuce leaf. Inside I layered:
The burger, ranch dressing, pickles, sliced tomatoe, cole slaw, grainy mustard YUM! The leaf wrapped around the top. On the side, I had jicama fries. Wow was it good!
I made 6 medium patties half Inch thick. I barely filled one tray.

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Yummmmmy! For the fries, did you just slice em up and dehydrate? Did you spread oil before you dehydrated? I don't use jicama much, but I should try it. Especially for fries!!

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Jicama fries
1 Jicama
1 Tb Olive oil
1/2 t. Sea salt
1 T.Paprika
1/2 t. Garlic Powder
Pinch chili powder if you like it spicy
Peel and slice jicama into French fry slices.Place in a bowl and add all ingredients, mixing well to coat. Eat as is, or dehydrate for 1 hour at 110 to make them warm. Can serve with raw ketchup but I like them as is.

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Thank you!! Christi, you rock. xox

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Carmicja's Review

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This recipe is delicious. I love having a stack of these for a quick lunch, dinner or even breakfast. I ate one plain for breakfast with a smoothie and I was out the door in no time. I did not have celery on hand when I made this so I subbed scallions and they were still tasty. I'm sure the proper recipe is even better. I was happy to see the variations that Cid had posted. Shows that you can basically do whatever you like. I'm finding that's why raw eating is so great, it's hard to make a big mistake with any recipe and often you just don't really need one. Still I love the rawtarian's guidance!

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Hi Janet. I totally agree with what you wrote about the variations. One of the things I try to do is provide simple bases that taste well on their own, but that can also be dolled up with extra variations when time/inspiration hits. Stacks of these are perfect for lunch, right? xox

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I am excited to try this recipe. The whole raw adventure is new to me but very intriguing! :)

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Hi Kelle! If you do make it I'd love to know what you think :)

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Can you store these and eat the next day? In the fridge? Thanks

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Hi Annie, yes, these store well in the fridge for a day or two - let them breathe a bit so they don't get moist in the fridge. Dehydrate for 30 mins - 1 hour before eating after refrigerating to take the chill off

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Hey brooks, last time I was in Istanbul there was plenty of access to hemp seed, in fact, a common sweet was sugar coated hemp seed. Maybe ask at the sweet stalls at the food markets.

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RAWSOME!!!!! What can be said about this burger that hasn't already been said, Well Done Laura-Jane coming up with this Masterpiece of Uncookery, We can buy Hemp Hearts but we're not allowed to eat them here in Oz & New Zealand, Crazy Stuff huh!

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Hi Rollo, Strange that they allow you to buy but not eat! What do they think you would do with them??

PS: "Mastery of Uncookery" - :) :)

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I live in Istanbul, Turkey and so have no access to hemp anything- hearts, seeds, etc. what do you suggest as a substitute?

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Hi Brooks, hmm that's a tough one. The hempseed hearts are pretty integral to this recipe. I would suggest trying another recipe instead.

(Sometimes substituting is not a good idea because a recipe just isn't the same.)  I am going to email you one of my TRK members-only raw veggie burger recipes instead :)

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How many patties does this make?

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Hi Stephdara, Great question, and I am annoyed at myself for not having writing the number of patties when originally posting! I am going by memory here, but I am thinking that it might make 8 patties or so. I like to eat two patties per meal, because they do shrink in size once dehydrated.

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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?

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Hi Stephdara, Great question, and I am annoyed at myself for not having writing the number of patties when originally posting! I am going by memory here, but I am thinking that it might make 8 patties or so. I like to eat two patties per meal, because they do shrink in size once dehydrated.

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Thanks! I love your recipes.

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My sweetie has gone BONKERS for this burger. I used chia instead of flax, and wrapped the burger in a collard green leaf. Yum! He has decided the name is FRESH burger!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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Hi Elizabeth! Love the name fresh burger!! It is a yummy one, and I'm so glad your sweetie is on the fresh burger train! Love the collard green idea. Yum!!

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Thank you soo much!! I've had my dehydrator for a few years and experiment without recipes but it's nice to have some to follow.

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My pleasure Laura!

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What is a dehydrator? I live in the UK and never come across a dehydrator

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Hi Sangita, they are boxes, kind of like a microwave, and they heat up the air to mimic the process of drying in the sun. They use fans and electricity.

Not sure if these are available in the UK, but here are the two that I recommend the most:

Best dehydrator is 9-tray excalibur, hands down. But... it is expensive! http://tinyurl.com/ah6o3qt

You can also get a Vegikiln - they are cheaper, white, not as "reputable" but they get the job done: http://tinyurl.com/avb59e3

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Hi Ashleigh, no, this recipe does require nuts. Sorry about that

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Hi! Is there anything I can use to substitute the almonds/nuts? My boyfriend has a nut allergy.

Thanks! I look forward to trying your recipe. :)

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We just made the patties and put them in the dehydrator. The only thing I found was that they were hard to bind together. I'll have to wait and see how they come out after dehydrating.
Any tips on what may cause this.
Thanks.

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Hi Mike, as I recall they are a bit fragile. Perhaps they needed to be processed a bit more into slightly smaller bits to help the binding. I can definitely make patties that hold together - although they are a bit fragile as mentioned

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These turned out AMAZING!!!' Made the mayo - wow!!
Thank you!!

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You have only yourself to thank for making them!! :) Re: the veggie burger patties, it is definitely the hempseed hearts that give the burgers such an awesome texture :) And with the mayo too? Swoon

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My meat eating teenage son requested that I make more of these all the time :) Thank you for the teenage friendly recipes.

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Rose - thank you for the teenage friendly recipes is one of the best compliments I have ever received! I especially like it because I think my taste preferences resemble those of a teenager's lol. So glad your boy is requesting the good stuff!

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Just made these in our new dehydrator. Quite yummy! We had raw cashew mayo, lettuce and sliced tomato with them. Will try again with different seasonings each time.

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Hi Otillie, great to hear from you :) Sounds deelish!

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Hi there,

Can I use whole chia seeds instead of ground? If so, do I use the same amount? I'm hoping to prepare them tonight.

Thanks!

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It would be better to use ground, but whole will be fine

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Just made your veggie burgers and they taste divine! Thank you so much. Can you recommend a substitute for hemp hearts/hemp seeds, please? They don't have them where I live. Also, my batch filled one tray, and not two, so wondering it was because I was missing the hemp seeds.

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In my opinion, the hemp seeds are very integral to this recipe. No easy substition comes to mind.

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At what temperature is high on your dehydrator for the first step? What temperature did you reduce the dehydrator to for the remaining time?

Thanks!

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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” (140 or so) 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.

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Hi!...looking for dinner idea for tomorrow...quick question...are the seeds and nuts soaked first and then you proceed with the recipe or just dry?
Many thanks for your uncooking inspiration:D

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These nuts do not need to be soaked.

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I just made these burgers and they are beyond delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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So glad that you liked these burgers Ximena :)

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Affordable dehydrator: Nesco has great ones for around $60. I have the round version but you can get a square one too. Small and simple to use and really geTs the job done. Available on amazon.com.

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So these were the first thing I set out to make yesterday. I ended up making a few adjustments to your recipe as I seem to be incapable of following a recipe exactly!

Pecans are super expensive so I just used walnuts but also added some walnut flour that I had left over from making some nut milk the other day.

I added extra garlic, a mixture of small red onions/shallots and white onion, red pepper, no parsley but coriander instead and a Thai celery that tastes slightly different and the stalk is much thinner. There was probably about a cup's worth of all these veggies.

I added only 1/4 teaspoon of salt as a whole one seemed like a lot to me and as I didn't have dried dill at home I did 1/2 teaspoon on onion powder, 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp chilli flakes. I did add the nutritional yeast.

I thought they turned out really nice. When they first came out of the dehydrator they were more crispy than today after having been in the fridge. I actually preferred them today. They dehydrated surprising quickly but next time I would make them more towards 3/4 inch thick.

I made a tomato sauce to go with them night which worked really well and served them with a nice green salad. Oh what a great weekend I've had! I can't wait for your next new recipe!

I'm sure you can tell I'm enjoying your website! Thank you again!

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Im also unsure what this dehydrate means? Do we need some kind of equipment?

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I'm not sure what you mean by dehydrate on high then lower the heat and dehydrate longer. What temp do you mean by high?

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Why haven't you posted the ingredients for this receipe?
I noticed you said you would do so back in February.

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Hi Eyelene, sorry about that. It is a lot of work keeping up with this site.

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PS: I just posted the recipe above

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I've started my raw lifestyle a few days ago and thus far I have used two of your recipes, the alfredo sauce for my my kelp noodles and the brownie recipe, and both were fantastic.

thanks

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Glad to have you here Texas Red :)

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I would love to know the ingredients too! I have a potluck this weekend, though I am sure to have many more as the summer unfolds... For now I am gonna use your raw ketchup with jicama fries.

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What are the ingredients??

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Ugh, I know, I need to post this!! I am working on it.. I have a good veg burger recipe with hemp seeds I should post.. Soon, soon!

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Please post!

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Thank you so much for posting these wonderful recipes! I was wondering if you can post the ingredients of your veggie burger as a response to this comment? I am going to purchase my first dehydrator this month and am eager to make them. Thanks again!

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Here's a raw veggie burger recipe. You could substitute flax seeds for the sesame seeds if you want.

Veggie Burgers
1 large red onion

1 large bell pepper

3 carrots

1 small head cauliflower

1 lg. stalk broccoli

1 C almonds, soaked 12-24 hours

1 C sunflower seeds, soaked 5-6 hours

1/4 C sesame seeds, soaked 5-6 hours

5 cloves garlic

2 T Braggs or to taste
1 t cumin

2 T dried Cilantro or 1-2 C fresh
(can add mushrooms too if you like)
Blend all of the above ingredients and seasonings in a champion juicer with solid plate, or a food processor. This blended food is your patty mixture. Form and put 1/2" thick patties on a teflex sheet and place trays in dehydrator. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 8-12 hours or until desired texture is obtained. Flip your burgers after 4 hours and remove teflex sheets, continue to dehydrate for 4-5 hours or until desired moisture is obtained.

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When I remove my teflex sheets for the veggie burgers, do I put them directly on the plastic tray? My plastic trays have big diagonal holes that are too big for the burgers.....
Thankyou!

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Yes - put them directly on the train but DON'T DO IT UNTIL THEY ARE QUITE DRY ALREADY (otherwise you will get your trays dirty)

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Sounds deelish Cid

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I just came across this recipe as I have been trying to make veggie burgers with flax seed and I am trying to cut down on grains and beans at the moment. I have tried them with ground flax seeds and whole flax seeds and both times they have come out tasty but quite gelatinous!!! I don´t have a dehydrator, would this take the gelatinous consistency out? Thank u

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Heehee, yes, get a dehydrator if you can afford it. You'll find a world of difference : ) Dehydrating opens up a whole new world of options for raw food.

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In other words, you MUST HAVE A DEHYDRATOR TO MAKE THIS RECIPE!

:)

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I make my raw burgers with the aforementioned veggies but I add mushrooms too. I think they give them more of a meaty consistency. I dry them most of the way and store them in the fridge in a ziplock with some paper towels to absorb excess moisture. They last a while for me.
These also make great burrito filling too. :)

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Once these are dehydrated, how long do they last. How would you store them. Thanks

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Two options:

1. Do not dehydrate them completely. In other words, there is some moisture left. (This is the preferred option because they taste better this way.) Store these in the fridge (or freezer I guess). They won't last very long.

2. Dehydrate so that there is NO moisture left - completely dry! Store them in a jar or a ziploc. Can store for a couple of months if there is NO moisture left. (Good test - squeeze and they shouldn't move an inch.)

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In option #2 you can keep in a pantry. No need to refrigerate.

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Is there an actual recipe? I've been clicking around but I can't seem to find what ingredients I need and how much.

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Yes, the display problem has now been fixed for this recipe :)

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Oh...my...gawd. You are doing an invaluable service to newbie raw foodists such as myself by providing enough "past life" dish replacements to ensure that we never feel in want or deprived when we think of all the processed, restaurant-style food we used to eat and thus never fall off the raw food wagon. THANK YOU!!!

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Lol, my pleasure Heather! It is a passion of mine to share this stuff and to let people know that healthy can still be delicious and very exciting.

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Why don't your burgers use beans? I've looked through some other recipes of yours and haven't come across any beans... is this not raw? They have so much fiber... and they're filling. It seems like it would be a staple to the diet

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Beans are generally not considered raw - some beans (garbanzo, black) can be toxic when soaked and not heated

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Greetings, Rawtarian,
Love your recipes. However, your point about beans is factually incorrect. You can certainly sprout most pluses - garbonzos included - without toxic effect. There is some debate about kidney beans. However, blackeye peas, garbonzos, lentils, mung, white beans can all be soaked, spouted and used in raw recipes. You can safely include beans as veggies for burgers and as the base for spreads. Chef B.

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Hi Bennett, I have always read that there are definitely some serious concerns about eating raw beans - even when soaked or sprouted - therefore I have always avoided eating raw black beans, kidney beans etc. I would need to do more research on this to state otherwise. It is very clear that red kidney beans are definitely toxic unless cooked though.

Have you personally sprouted a large number black beans, for example, and eaten them in large quantities (as the main part of a meal?)? (I have read accounts of people getting very ill as a result - vomiting, etc.)

I appreciate you weighing in on the topic.

I do agree that sprounted lentils and mung beans are lovely!

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I just read an article today about how pregnant women should not eat sprouts because Of their hazardous effects. Salmonella and e-Coli seem to be the two main concerns when sprouting without heating. Here is a link http://www.babymed.com/food-and-nutrition/raw-sprouts-during-pregnancy-are-they-safe
Thanks for the fantastic recipes :)

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Can you please give me more info - or site references - on the statement that some beans are even toxic if not heated - ie: garbanzo and black. I've made a raw hummus out of soaked garbanzo beans that is delish but will be hesitant to make until I know more about the claim of toxicity. Thanks!

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Raymond - click on the title of the recipe. I had this problem at first too :)

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I have been on your site for half an hour and still can't figure out how to open one of your recipes

Ray

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They have not added the ingredients yet. Look at the yellow ingredient list to the right of the description.

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