California Walnut Sweet & Smokey BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped candied California walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • Additional oil for brushing

California Walnut Crusted Onion Strings

  • 1 cup flour, divided
  • 2/3 cup sparkling water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped California walnuts


  • Olive oil
  • 1 vegan burger bun
  • 1 California walnut steakhouse burger
  • 1 tablespoon walnut BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons smoked mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup California walnut crusted crispy onions


  1. To prepare BBQ sauce, stir together all ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. To prepare onion rings, divide flour into two equal parts. Mix half of the flour with enough water so that the batter is the consistency of heavy cream. Stir in sea salt.
  3. Separate sliced onions rings and toss with remaining sea salt and let stand for 5 minutes. Lightly coat rings with the other half of flour.
  4. Dip rings into batter and lightly coat with walnuts. Deep fry at 135°C until crispy.
  5. To assemble burger, brush bun and burger with olive oil and brown on flat top.
  6. Place the burger on the bun bottom and top with BBQ Sauce, smoked mushrooms, crispy onions and the bun top and serve.