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Butternut Squash Apple Burgers

Makes 6 burgers

Ingredients:

· 2 cups rice medley (or other favorite rice)

· 3 cups veggie broth

· 3 cups diced butternut squash

· 1 cup chopped shallots

· 2 cups diced granny smith apples

· Himalayan pink salt to taste

· 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (leaves only)

· ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

Toppings:

· Caramelized Onion Sage Aioli (recipe on blog)

· 6 pieces of lettuce

· 6 Pretzel Rolls, or other gluten free or sprouted wheat burger buns

note: I used a mixed rice medley for these but a wild rice would work too. I liked the different textures of the rice medley. You can also use water to cook the rice instead of the broth but the broth gives it a much better taste. If you want to roast the squash/apples/shallots with a drizzle of oil you can, however I did not and it turned out great. I originally was going to add 2 “flax eggs” to this recipe but once I mixed everything together I found the mixture was a perfect consistency and did not need any other binders. However if yours is too dry feel free to add 1-2 “flax eggs.” For each you mix 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons warm water and set aside for 10 minutes until it becomes jelly like.

Instructions:

Cook rice in a rice cooker or on stovetop using broth making sure to measure out the amounts of each.

Preheat oven to 400. Wash and dice/chop squash, shallots and apples making sure to keep squash separate from the others. Place squash on a parchment lined cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt and roast for 15 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, add apples and shallots to the cookie sheet. Roast another 30 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once cool, put in a food processor with the thyme and pulse until chunky. Do not puree into a mush or paste. Add to a large bowl.

Next add the cooked rice and pumpkin seeds to the food processor and pulse until chopped a bit but still chunky. Add to the bowl.

Mix everything well. Taste and add more salt if needed, but it shouldn’t need much if you cooked the rice with broth.

Shape into 4 inch patties, then cook on stove top over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until browning (depending on stove). Make sure to keep pan covered to help the burger cook throughout. Check every few minutes to prevent burning, should be slightly browned when ready. Let sit for a few minutes after cooked to help burger get more stable before eating.

Serve burgers with Caramelized Onion Sage Aioli on pretzel rolls or other buns. Top with lettuce. Serve with Baked Kabocha Squash Chips .