• Kim Campbell

Walnut Pesto Burgers

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

Pesto makes everything taste great, including a veggie burger! The olives, walnuts, and lentils create the perfect texture for this flavor packed burger. I’ve even made veggie balls with them for a unique addition to spaghetti and marinara.

I have made many different variations on the veggie burger, but I rarely write down the combinations. I have a tendency to use whatever vegetables are in season along with whatever else is available in my kitchen. Here are some helpful formula guidelines when building a great burger. Get creative! You'll find yourself coming up with some interesting combinations of flavors and textures.

Yields: 6 burgers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


½ cup walnuts

One 6-ounce can black olives

8 garlic cloves

1 cup fresh basil

1 cup oats

1 1/2 cups cooked green lentils

¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon onion powder

Salt to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Place the walnuts, olives, garlic, basil, and oats into a food processor and process until the ingredients are finely ground. Place into a large bowl.

3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes until crispy around the edges.

4. Top with avocados, tomatoes, and sprouts or lettuce.

Hints: Most grocery stores do not carry canned green lentils. I recommend cooking the lentils (about ¾ cup dry lentils covered completely with water) on the stove top using a low-medium temperature while you are preparing the burgers. Lentils can take 25-30 minutes to fully cook and soften.

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