So you’re saying I can actually eat a burger that is not only vegan, but also raw?! Absolutely, you can! This burger even tastes similar to the traditional hamburgers many of us grew up eating. It really is the spices/herbs that flavor our foods. This burger recipe is not only for those who are raw vegan, but for anyone craving a healthy burger!
Burgers (raw vegan)
These savory burgers are great for dinner or lunch. Made from plants and seeds, they are the perfect addition to a healthy lifestyle. Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 4 hrs Total Time: 4 hrs 20 mins Servings: 6 burgers
- food processor
- dehydrator or oven
- 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (or you may make by slicing & dehydrating a tomato)
- 1 cup red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/8 cup basil
- 1/8 cup fennel
- 2 tbsp ground flax seed (buy ground, or grind your own in a blender before adding)
- 1 tbsp olive oil (other oils may substitute such as sesame)
- 1 tsp cumin seed
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp salt (himalayan or sea)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- raw ketchup
- Portobello mushroom (for the "buns"; remove stems)
- Soak pumpkin seeds for a few hours (this reduces enzyme inhibitors and also creates a softer texture to work with).
- Soak the sun-dried tomatoes for about 1 hour.
- Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until the texture resembles ground meat.
- Shape into 6 patties.
- Dehydrate for about 4 hours on 115°F, flipping them about half way through.
- Add optional toppings and/or Portobello mushroom bun & Enjoy! 🙂
- Store any left-overs in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To reheat, place back in the dehydrator at 115°F for about half an hour, top rack.
- For ketchup fans, please see my ketchup recipe!
- For an oven, cook on lowest temperature (sometimes leaving the door slightly ajar helps ventilation).
RAW VEGAN BURGER RECIPE
This is one burger you don’t have to feel guilty after eating. It’s all living and healthy food! It goes well with the raw vegan ketchup recipe I have posted for you also! You can also top it with all of your favorite toppings such as onions, tomatoes, ketchup, lettuce, and/or even pickles if that’s your thing.
You can see that after adding all of the ingredients from the recipe into a processer and blending, the consistency looks just like the burgers that most people eat (though, hopefully someday most people will eat this living foods version).
ROLLING OUT SOME RAW INFO
Here is an article from Cabrillo college in California, sharing some evidence that proves why humans are not designed to eat meat.
“Just because you can digest animals does not mean you are supposed to. You can digest cardboard. That does not mean you should eat it. And it also does not mean that you digest it well. “– Barbara Parham
Also, another article regarding protein for vegans, which states:
“Contrary to popular belief, it is not difficult to meet your protein needs on a vegetarian or vegan diet. Studies show that most vegetarians and vegans meet or exceed their daily protein requirements.”– Sharon Palmer, RDN
Raw vegan burgers really are superior to the mainstream burgers in every way, especially when it comes to our wellbeing!
SO, WHAT’S THE “BEEF” WITH BEING RAW VEGAN?
Some people state that they simply cannot live without eating meat, and give several reasons why this is, one of which being they feel good when they eat meat. However, there are a number of reasons why some people perceive feeling better after eating meat. These short-term effects wear off and do not promote sustained, lasting health.
REASONS SOME PEOPLE THINK EATING MEAT MAKES THEM FEEL GOOD
- Adrenaline – when the animal is being slaughtered, adrenaline is released throughout its system, and people who eat that animal then get that adrenaline transferred into their own body, which gives them a false sense of energy (this is a depleting source of energy that taxes the body, however).
- Uric acid – this is a waste product found in meats that also gives people a false sense of energy. It is similar to caffeine, where the body recognizes it as a toxin and kicks into gear to remove it. Again, giving only depleting energy and taxing the adrenal glands.
- Cleansing reaction – many people who switched to an all plant-based diet (especially fully raw) will notice a cleansing reaction. This is because the body now finally is in a healthy enough state to make repairs, and this usually will leave us feeling sluggish because the body is working so hard at removing toxins. This is good! So don’t jump to saying living foods are the problem. It is most likely the past unhealthy foods eaten that are finally being cleared in your system. Give this detox process some time and expect better, more sustainable energy to come after.
- Deficiency – many people now live places away from the equator where they do not get enough sunlight for sufficient Vitamin D. Vitamin D sulfate is what we need (which can only be synthesized by the sun). It is not the same as Vitamin D3. Contrary to popular belief, eating meat does not help with this deficiency. Another common deficiency is DHA, which can be obtained by eating algae and purslane.
A NOTE FROM JOHN ROSE
John Rose has an informative video that addresses what to do in deficiency cases, while still keeping on the Living Lifestyle path. I recommend checking out his videos in general, because he offers priceless knowledge and insight.
RAW VEGAN SOURCES OF NUTRIENTS- WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DEVIATE
“Norwegian people for example are a classic example of what happens when a bunch of people eat something that has a level two nutrient and their body atrophies and they’re no longer able to make DHA. So the need of a direct source of DHA-which is what happens when you eat fish- again our body atrophies. If you’re gonna be eating so much fish, you’re getting a whole bunch of DHA that normally we make because we’re plant eaters and we can do that, but over the years we don’t need that trade anymore. You can always go to the direct source. Go to where the fish get their DHA and that’s the algae and there’s a lot of algae products out there.”-John Rose
READY FOR THAT RAW VEGAN BURGER?!
I bet you are ready to make that burger now. This free raw vegan burger recipe is the perfect recipe to make for lunch or dinner. It is actually healthy (unlike mainstream burgers), and will leave you feeling great.
Bon Appétit! 🙂
Feel free to drop a comment if you try this recipe. If you have any suggestions, please share those too!
[Original article I wrote on my website]
For more information on why I went R.A.W. feel free to check out my other article.