Saturday, December 29, 2012

50 States of MoFo: Oregon: Brown Rice Hazelnut Burgers

A vegan recipe for Oregon should not be a challenge.  After all, Portland must be one of the most vegan-friendly cities on earth.  While plant-based cookbook authors, bloggers, food carts, grocers, and restaurants abound, it was hard to put my finger on something distinctively Oregonian.

Finally, I decided to go with a recipe involving hazelnuts, as the vast majority of North American hazelnuts are grown in Oregon, and thus it is a crop often associated with the state.  One of my favorite Oregon residents is vegan cookbook author Julie Hasson.   In her wonderful book, Vegan Diner, she has an Oregon-inspired recipe for Brown Rice Hazelnut Burgers, which fit the bill nicely!  The burgers have a lovely, hearty flavor, and are definitely on the "make again" list.  If you don't have Julie's book, you need to pick up a copy.  We've made many recipes from it, and all have been superb.   While you are waiting on your copy to arrive, you can find the recipe online here.  

(The buns are the excellent 50/50 Burger Buns from American Vegan Kitchen by Tamasin Noyes.  They have become our standard buns for hamburgers and hot dogs.)

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