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Oat Burgers with Hazelnuts

Monday, November 5, 2012

We discovered these at my a family reunion last year.  My wife's cousin (Jeff) brought these amazing oat burgers that may have been more popular than the regular burgers.  Since discovering them I've literally made hundreds of them.  For a while, I'd fill the freezer with a double batch every couple of weeks.  I've made some alterations to the original recipe (which was gluten free) and the result is a great tasting burger with a wonderful texture and surprising bites of hazelnut.  This is by far, my girls' favorite burger.

Oat Burger with Hazelnuts

Oat Burgers with Hazelnuts (aka Jeff Burgers) 

3/4 cups hazelnuts (or chopped walnuts)
3 cups water  
1 medium onion, chopped  
2 cloves garlic  
1/4 cup soy sauce  
1 tsp Marmite (or beef flavored bouillon)
3 Tbs nutritional yeast  
1 tsp rubbed sage  
1 tsp dried basil  
1 tsp liquid smoke  
1/2 tsp salt  
2.5 cups oatmeal  
1/4 cup ground flax seed  
1/3 cup vital wheat gluten
1-2 Tbs vegetable oil for baking 

Toast the Hazelnuts.  Put them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, until the hazelnut skins begin to split.  Take them out of the oven and allow to cool slightly.  Wrap them in a hand towel and rub them together so the skins come off.  Pick the nuts out and throw away the skins.  Pulse in a food processor until they are coarsely chopped.  If you don't have a food processor, you can put them back in the towel and whack them a few times with a mallet or the side of a hammer.

Combine the water, onion, garlic, soy sauce, Marmite, nutritional yeast, spices, liquid smoke and salt.  Bring to a boil and simmer for a couple minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the oatmeal, hazelnuts and flax seed.  Set a site and allow to cool to room temperature, about half an hour.  Stir vigorously to break up the oatmeal a bit.  Stir in the vital wheat gluten.

Now you are going to have a thick, sticky pan of stuff, a little thicker than oatmeal cookie dough.  From here spray oil will be your friend.  Spray it on your hands (or whatever you use to shape the patties) on your spatula, on the chop block and anything the dough may come in contact with.

Put a cookie sheet into the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Divide into 12 balls (about 1/3 cup per ball).  Form each ball into a patty.  Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and add 2 tbs vegetable oil.  Swirl around to coat and add the patties.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Take them out, brush the tops with oil (or spray with cooking oil) and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Serve hot, or refrigerate/freeze.  

12 Servings:  227 cal (9g fat, 27g carbs, 11g protein)

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  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Quick oats or rolled oats?

  3. I usually use rolled oats, but either will work. You can use whatever you have.

  4. Anonymous Says:
  5. Excellent, thanks! I'll let you know how it goes.

  6. They look super tasty. I’ve never put hazelnuts in burgers before, is the flavor very pronounced?

  7. Michal Says:
  8. Ohhhh totally book marking this. Can't wait to try out your modifications :)

  9. Felicity Says:
  10. mmm, these look great! Would also be interested in the gluten-free version :)

  11. Anonymous Says:
  12. I'm the Anonymous who asked about the oats. Made them today with the rolled oats and my BF gave them a 10 out of 10. I've tried about 8 different burger recipes and this one has beat them all. Will now be in permanent meal rotation. Thank you!

  13. Anonymous, thanks for posting again. I really appreciate the feedback.

    Felicity, As I said, this was originally a gluten free recipe. I added the flax and vital wheat gluten to improve the binding. To make the gluten free, just replace the vital wheat gluten with more oat meal, maybe a little more flax. I think I would add 1/3 cup more oatmeal and 1 tbs more flax.

  14. Andrea Says:
  15. These are fabulous. Definitely one of the two best burger recipes I've ever done. YAY. I used the walnuts, and added some thyme, otherwise I followed the directions exactly--and I never do that! A real winner.

  16. Gina Says:
  17. I, too, followed the recipe exactly--using walnuts--and can't praise these enough...they are so delicious. Omnis loved them, too. This is now in my menu rotation, as well. Many thanks.

  18. Rob Says:
  19. I made these today. They look, smell and taste great. Definitely hard to handle the dough--I will try partially freezing the formed patties before transferring to the baking sheet next time. These things are just begging to be made as sliders.

  20. It looks great. Thank you for sharing

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