The Woodward Veggie Burger

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is from Paul Newman's Cookbook, and was named after Joanne Woodward. Lovely, healthy, delicious! Prep time does not include cooking rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a frying pan, saute onions and garlic in the olive oil.
  2. When onions are translucent, add the basil and mix well.
  3. Add the mixture to the cooked rice.
  4. Lightly toast nuts in frying pan and allow to cool.
  5. In a blender or food processor, grind all the nuts and sunflower seeds until coarsely ground.
  6. Add to the rice mixture with the tamari sauce and tahini.
  7. Shape into patties.
  8. To cook, brown in a nonstick pan on medium heat in olive oil.
  9. Veggyburgers should be served in pita bread or burger buns with your favorite accompianments.
  10. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

This is an excellent recipe, thanks Sharon! It appealed to us because of the high nut content, and the rice, and I thought it was much nicer than a bean burger. I found they held together fine and freeze well, so altho' they took a little while to make, we can get the next batch out of the freezer. We had to cut down on the tamari- too much!

Miss Understood October 07, 2011

This was excellent! I'll definitely be making this again,and often. Followed the recipe as stated, only adding some liquid smoke. Instead of making burgers, I put it all into a baking dish and sprinkled the top with bread crumbs and a little bit of grated Parmesan cheese, and cooked for about 10 minutes at 350. Fabulous, and so healthy for you, too. Thank you so much for sharing!

~Mellie~ June 25, 2010

These taste really good, but they are a little crumbly. I thought I had tahini, but when I got to that part, I discovered that I had about 2 Tablespoons left! So I whipped up a batch of Recipe #107660. I would have tried peanut butter as someone else here suggested, but then I knew there would be no way my husband would try them! (He gets weird about me putting peanut butter into unexpected things. The double-edged sword of Recipezaar. Sometimes yummy and different, sometimes weird and very different! lol! anyway...) I baked them as 520780 suggested and I did have to pat a few back together with the spatula after flipping them. I only used about 3 Tablespoons of soy sauce. (If you put in too much, you can't go back!) and I thought that was enough. Topped one with cheddar, tomato, and mustard; and then went back for another! Great taste! Thanks! Recipenapped in the Veg*n Recipe Swap.

mliss29 September 13, 2008

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