I absolutely love this time of year. I love warm weather and family BBQ's. People often wonder what you can grill if you don't eat meat but let me tell you, there are some fabulous foods that can be grilled. I'm always looking to make a burger that I can eat when we have our family BBQ's. This jalapeno burger is definitely one of my favorites. I don't actually grill my burgers as I dehydrate them and then I'll warm them up on the grill if need be. These are easy to make and hold up exceptionally well. If you don't like spicy, then eliminate the jalapeno or use one that isn't hot. I like to use habanero peppers in mine, so my burgers are a bit hot. But when you add all the extras, it doesn't seem so bad. Anyways, these are great from the dehydrator and you could probably even cook these in a warm oven. They didn't take very long in the dehydrator, so I imagine they wouldn't take but an hour or so in the oven. Enjoy!


Makes about 5 large burgers

1 cup walnuts, soaked at least 4 hours

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked until soft (save soak water)

1/8 cup soak water from tomatoes

1/4 cup chia gel (1/4 cup water with 2t chia seed. Soak for a few minutes until a gel forms.)

1T coconut aminos (you can use Tamari or similar)

1t chili powder

1/2t paprika

2 garlic cloves, minced

2t Italian seasoning

1/8t sea salt

1/4 cup fresh basil (1t if dried)

1/4 cup fresh parsley (1t if dried)

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 jalapeno

2T nutritional yeast

2T psyllium husks


Place walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes in food processor. Process until somewhat smooth. Add rest of ingredients and process until well mixed. You may have to stop the processor a couple of times and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Transfer to a mixing bowl and form patties. I used a mason jar sprouting lid. Super easy way to form your burgers. (See video) Place burgers on a mesh tray and dehydrate at 145 degrees for one hour and then turn down to 115 degrees for about 4 hours. Store in the refrigerator or you can freeze them until ready to use.