Food for Life – Oatmeal Burgers

“Let several families living in a city or village unite and leave the occupations which have taxed them physically and mentally, and make an excursion into the country, to the side of a fine lake, or to a nice grove, where the scenery of nature is beautiful. They should provide themselves with plain, hygienic food, the very best fruits and grains, and spread their table under the shade of some tree or under the canopy of heaven. The ride, the exercise, and the scenery will quicken the appetite, and they can enjoy a repast which kings might envy.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, 86, 87.


Oatmeal Burgers

3 cups rolled oats 

3 cups water 

1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos 

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 medium onion, chopped

1 4 oz can mushrooms

1/2 cup olives, sliced

Combine the rolled oats, water and Braggs Liquid Aminos; cook for five minutes. Add other ingredients and mix well. Form patties and place on cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes. 12–15 burgers.


2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 cups tomato purée

1 cup tomato paste

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1/8 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon sweet basil

1/4–1/3 cup water

Mix all ingredients in saucepan, stirring well. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes.


1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1–2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup soy mayonnaise

Dash parsley, chopped or dried

Dash garlic salt

Dash paprika

Stir all ingredients together until mixed well.


1 cup water

1/3 cup Soyagen

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dill weed

2/3 cup olive oil (May vary, the more oil the thicker the product.)

1–3 Tablespoons lemon juice (Depending on your taste.)

Place water and all dry ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Add oil slowly. When blended, add lemon juice. Let set in blender a minute then store in a covered container. Keep refrigerated.

Food for Life – Mushroom Burgers

One reason why we do not enjoy more of the blessing of the Lord is, we do not heed the light which He has been pleased to give us in regard to the laws of life and health.

“God is as truly the author of physical laws as He is author of the moral law. His law is written with His own finger upon every nerve, every muscle, every faculty, which has been entrusted to man.

“The Creator of man has arranged the living machinery of our bodies. Every function is wonderfully and wisely made. And God pledged Himself to keep this human machinery in healthful action if the human agent will obey His laws and cooperate with God. Every law governing the human machinery is to be considered just as truly divine in origin, in character, and in importance as the word of God. Every careless, inattentive action, any abuse put upon the Lord’s wonderful mechanism, by disregarding His specified laws in the human habitation, is a violation of God’s law. We may behold and admire the work of God in the natural world, but the human habitation is the most wonderful.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, 16, 17.

Recipe – Mushroom Burgers

1 pound mushrooms, finely chopped

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 1/2 cups finely ground oatmeal

1 cup cooked lentils

1/2 cup tomato-vegetable juice

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 Tablespoon egg replacer

2 teaspoons Bragg Liquid Aminos

2 teaspoons carob powder

Salt to taste

Grind all ingredients in food processor; adding mushrooms last. Be careful not to puree. Let mixture rest for 20 minutes. Form patties and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, turning once.

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:

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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