Jeff Benda
No Meat Meals

Baked Walnut Burger

Serves 6

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

These burgers always make me smile. I was skeptical when first trying to develop this recipe. The lack of fat caused a disaster when trying to cook them on the grill or in a skillet. So I baked them – problem solved. Walnut burgers will never be a juicy substitute for your favorite beef or wild game variety. You need condiments and toppings to make them perfectly palatable. But trust me – they will make a delicious end to a tough day at work!

“Even if I must suffer greatly, thanks be to God’s mercy, I will not lack courage.” 

– Saint Genoveva Torres Morales


  • 2 cups walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans from can, drained
  • 1/4 cup Italian-style panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce, onion, tomato, and condiments


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions, about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. In a food processor, combine walnuts, quinoa, beans, breadcrumbs, eggs, 4 Tbsp olive oil, vinegar, and seasonings. Pulse for about 30 seconds until well combined.
  4. Using wet hands, shape mixture into 6 patties.  
  5. Transfer patties to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Flip burgers and bake another 10 minutes. 
  6. Serve on hamburger buns with lettuce, onion, and tomato, and your favorite condiments.