I have a current obession with beets. I usually just juice them, but I am trying to find other ways to incorporate them into our diet. They used to taste like dirt to me, but now I find myself craving them and they can sometimes taste pretty sweet. I’m definitely a convert.
We love homeade veggie burgers, and actually really love the ones that have beets in them. I saw this recipe, quite some time ago, and thought this weekend would be the perfect time to give them a go. They were a little labor intensive, mostly because I don’t have a food processor, so I had to do all the work in the vitamix – but if you have a food processor, I imagine these would be pretty easy to whip up and go. My friend even suggested using canned black beans instead of the lentils, to help save on some time. May give that a go next time…
This recipe made about 5 burgers and we topped them with avocado, lettuce and onion. They were really really tasty!
1 1/4 cups cooked, cooled brown rice
1 cup cooked brown or green lentils, cooled, drained well
1 cup shredded beets
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh black pepper
1 teaspoon thyme, rubbed between your fingers
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel (or finely crushed fennel seed)
3 tablespoons very finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tahini
1/2 cup very fine breadcrumbs
Olive oil for the pan
Peel beets and shred with the shredder attachment of your food processor, then set aside. Change the attachment to a metal blade. Pulse the brown rice, shredded beets and lentils about 15 to 20 times, until the mixture comes together, but still has texture.
Now transfer to a mixing bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Use your hands to mix very well. Everything should be well incorporated, so get in there and take your time, it could take a minute or two.
Place the mixture in the fridge for a half hour to chill.
Preheat a cast iron pan over medium-high. Now form the patties. Each patty will be a heaping 1/2 cup of mixture. Shape them into burgers with your hands.
Pour a very thin layer of oil into the pan and cook patties for about 12 minutes, flipping occasionally. Do two at a time if you’re pan isn’t big enough. Drizzle in a little more oil or use a bottle of organic cooking spray as needed. Burgers should be charred at the edges and heated through.