As its Valentine’s Day today, it seems only fitting that my recipe should be bright red and full of heart – even though I hate the occasion!
The most popular recipe ever on the Everyday Veggie is the Black Bean and Brown Rice Burger recipe from my $2 a day challenge, so when I got a hankering for a burger lately I thought I’d make a more decadent version of this fantastic burger.
I’ve been getting increasingly into beets in the previous year, and I found myself with a shelf full of them last week. What the hell, I thought: I’ll give it a go.
As it turns out, using beets in your recipe gives the burgers a fantastic, almost meaty texture that will have even your omnivore friends salivating all over the place. The combination of molasses and tomatoes bring the BBQ flavour, and brings the gloriousness of this burger experience up another notch.
(Makes 4-6 burgers)
1 cup raw, shredded beets
1 1/2 cups cooked brown or white rice
1/2 large red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 teaspoon tomato puree
1 teaspoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
a dash of hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
coconut oil for frying
In a food processor, place your shredded beets, rice, onion, garlic, tomato puree and molasses
Blend for a few seconds at a time until the texture is disturbingly similar to that of ground meat. Don’t over blend or you will lose the great texture
Turn the mixture into a bowl, and stir in the hot sauce, salt, pepper and chili flakes
Mush the mixture together with your hands, before rinsing them off fully so you don’t look like you’ve just killed someone
Let the mixture rest in the fridge for 30-60 minutes, then shape into patties
Heat a little coconut oil in a heavy frying pan, then add in the burger patties
Cook the burgers for about 5 minutes on each side, moving them as little as possible
When they’re hot through and singed on each side, serve
You can serve these burgers on some wilted spinach and cous cous, with a salad or even on a burger bun with all the fillings. They’re THAT good.
If you want to be sickly sweet you could also use a cookie cutter to shape these patties into hearts for your love. I would never be quite so romantic, but it’s up to you!
Get ready to be turned onto beet burgers for good because these are just utterly perfect!