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Juicy Raw Vegan Burger

Recipe: Raw Vegan Walnut Burger with avocado, clover and sunflower sprouts in a tomato bun.Photography by Ndoema

Burger time! (You may have noticed my culinary adventures have been on a hiatus. I’ve been slightly distracted by Fashion Week. But I’m back with a vengeance and an appetite to match!)

Funny but my acquired taste for burgers coincided with my transition to a raw vegan diet. I know it may sound rather unorthodox but growing up between Africa and Europe (not exactly burger cultures) might have something to do with that… This is my own raw vegan version of the traditional juicy and sloppy burger (which I have to confess I’ve never had) that’s nourishing yet refreshing and does not require any dehydrating. It’s less time consuming, there’s no need for fancy equipment and it’s ultimately healthier.

Dehydrated foods are great transition foods. Let’s face it. Without them I would have found it harder (psychologically) to transition to an uncooked, grain-free diet. Plus I love fancy, gourmet fare! I adore marveling at and coming up with pretty and sophisticated concoctions. That being said I don’t make it a habit to eat dehydrated breads and such on a regular basis because I simply don’t feel my best after eating them. The fact is one of the main benefits of adopting a raw vegan/fruitarian lifestyle is all the wonderful water we intake from uncooked fruits and vegetables and dehydrated foods kind of rob us of that benefit. I really need all the hydration I can get so most of the time I use veggies in place of breads and crackers. I found that sun ripened tomatoes for the burger buns are absolutely fantastic!

Raw walnuts are the perfect base for the patty. They have the ideal consistency and can be easily formed by hand or with an ice cream scoop. The trimmings are really a personal preference. I’ve tried to stuff in as many of my favorite foods as I reasonably could: avocado, red bell pepper, red onion, purple basil and sprouts!

The sauce is the same I’m using in my no-rice raw vegan sushi recipe.

For the patty you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of raw unsalted walnuts
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots (or half a medium size carrot)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 pinch of celtic salt

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the consistency is slightly sticky. I like to eat my burger open faced with a lettuce leaf or for a sloppier effect sandwiched between two tomato halves.

Bon Appétit!

Raw Vegan Recipe: Walnut Burger with avocado, clover and sunflower sprouts in a tomato bun.
Raw Vegan Recipe: Walnut Burger with avocado, clover and sunflower sprouts in a tomato bun.
Raw Vegan Recipe: Walnut Burger with avocado, clover and sunflower sprouts in a tomato bun.
Raw Vegan Recipe: Walnut Burger with avocado, clover and sunflower sprouts in a tomato bun.
Raw Vegan Recipe: Walnut Burger with avocado, clover and sunflower sprouts in a tomato bun.
Raw Vegan Recipe: Walnut Burger with avocado, clover and sunflower sprouts in a tomato bun.
Raw Vegan Recipe: Walnut Burger with avocado, clover and sunflower sprouts in a tomato bun.



  1. JohannaFriday August 23rd, 2013, 12:25 PM

    This looks lovely! How many patties does the recipe make?

    Reply
  2. AnaTuesday May 7th, 2013, 05:14 PM

    I made this the other day and it was amazing! Simple, fast, and delicious!
    Absolutely love it and definitely will be making it again!
    It’s fresh, juicy, and so full of flavor!

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    • The Global GirlTuesday May 7th, 2013, 08:06 PM

      So glad to hear! xoxo

      Reply
  3. Hannah-lyzTuesday December 18th, 2012, 02:21 AM

    Now this looks like my kind of burger!! I would probably use the tomato as a slice on the inside, and courgette (zuchinni) as my bun =] Or lettuce for a burger-wrap.. hmm.. I think I may have to make this very soon!

    Reply
  4. belleMonday October 1st, 2012, 10:06 AM

    That looks tasty!!

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  5. Serenity TorresMonday October 1st, 2012, 10:03 AM

    Looks delicious and I’m quite sure it tastes delicious too!!

    Reply
  6. hannahMonday October 1st, 2012, 10:01 AM

    I just tried this recipe and let me tell you: it’s awesome!!!

    Reply
  7. len de jesusMonday October 1st, 2012, 09:59 AM

    If I eat this on a daily basis, will I be as sexy as you? ;)

    Reply
  8. jaysonMonday October 1st, 2012, 09:58 AM

    Hhhmmmmmmm… I think I will give this a try…

    Reply
  9. Danni MartinMonday October 1st, 2012, 09:56 AM

    Yuuuuuuuummmmmmmyyy~~~

    Reply
  10. NinaMonday October 1st, 2012, 09:55 AM

    These babies looks tasty!!

    Reply
  11. James ChuaMonday October 1st, 2012, 09:53 AM

    Thanks for the recipe! I appreciate it…

    Reply
  12. SandraMonday October 1st, 2012, 09:52 AM

    This looks delish!!

    Reply
  13. sara collinsMonday October 1st, 2012, 09:50 AM

    Makes me wanna eat, right now!

    Reply
  14. gringo santiagoMonday October 1st, 2012, 09:49 AM

    Burgers have never looked this good!!

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