Food for Life – Better ‘N Burgers

“The Lord has shown me that Sabbath-keepers as a rule labor too hard, without allowing themselves change or periods of rest. Recreation is needful to those who engage in physical labor, and is still more essential for those whose work is principally mental. It is not essential to our salvation nor for the glory of God to keep the mind laboring constantly and excessively, even upon religious themes. There are amusements, such as card-playing, dancing, theater-going, etc., which we cannot approve, because Heaven condemns them. They open the door to great evils. By their exciting tendency they produce in some minds a passion for gambling and dissipation. All such amusements should be condemned by Christians, and something perfectly harmless should be substituted in their place. There are modes of recreation which are highly beneficial to both mind and body. An enlightened, discriminating mind will find abundant means for entertainment and diversion from sources not only innocent, but instructive. Recreation in the open air, and the contemplation of the works of God in nature, will be of the highest benefit.” Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 108.

Better ‘N Burgers

Mix together:
1 cup fine, fresh bread crumbs
3/4 cup quick oats
2 Tablespoons gluten flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon salt

Mix in well, with hands:
1/2 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons tomato sauce
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1 cup raw potatoes, grated

Add 3/4 cup water or just enough to form nice patties. Do not leave mixture too stiff, but the more water added, the less chewy the patties will be.

Brown patties in a skillet with a small amount of olive oil or in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, turning once.

Serve on buns with lettuce, onion and tomato slices, and your favorite condiments.

Cathy Summers Timmons, a Steps to Life staff member and a member of LandMarks’ editorial staff, writes from her home in Wichita, Kansas. She may be contacted by e-mail at:

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