The recipe goes back to the peak of the health food movement some 20 years ago, when Dr. Robert Frank, a prominent Los Angeles dentist, opened Old World restaurant in an attempt to help teach consumers how to eat well nutritionally. The burger was a development of the idea that even burgers can and should be healthful. These vegetable burgers contain assorted nutrient-dense vegetables, nuts, eggs and even corn flakes for a nutrient-packed meal-in-a-dish, served either as a hamburger, topped (or not) with tomato and cheese on a sesame bun or plain with baked potato and fruit. Thank you, Old World.
OLD WORLD VEGGIE BURGERS
1 stalk celery
1 green pepper
1/2 small onion
1/4 head broccoli
1/4 head cauliflower
1 bunch spinach
1/2 cup walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 cups dry corn flake cereal
Chop carrot in food chopper or food processor. Add celery, green pepper, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and zucchini. Chop into small pieces.
Mix in salt and pepper to taste, walnuts, eggs, Worcestershire and corn flakes. Mix until thick.
Shape into 3- to 3 1/2-inch burgers about 1-inch thick. Cook on griddle, in nonstick pan or under broiler 5 minutes, turning once until golden brown. Makes 12 patties.
Note: Burgers may also be pan-fried in small amount of butter. Mixture is best shaped in the pan, as it falls apart easily.