Saturday, February 4, 2012

Stick Together Better Beet Burgers (Vegan/Vegetarian)

Brendan and I love this recipe a friend in Lake Charles gave us for Beet Burgers. The only problem is those things fall apart and it makes them very messy to eat. Brendan didn't think the texture was exactly right, so we revised the recipe, changing several things. The result? Our Beet Burgers that stick together! I will put a star next to things we changed up.  

1/2 cup brown rice (doubled if you like more rice)
1 onion, diced small
*1 can of beets, drain and dice small
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons parsley, minced
*1 teaspoon cumin 

*fresh thyme to taste 
*4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

*2 eggs (see note below for Vegan recipe) 
salt and pepper
thin slices of provolone or monterey jack cheese (optional)

Prepare the brown rice. Takes around 35-45 minutes, so do this first. 
While the rice is cooking, dice the onion and saute until translucent in olive oil. Dice the beets and add to the mixture, cook until tender. Mince the garlic and add for a minute. Then deglaze the pan with the vinegar. 

*Using a food processor (new for our recipe), pulse the drained and rinsed black beans. Then, add the onion/beet/garlic mixture, pulse again. Then, add the rice and pulse again. 

Empty food processor into a large bowl and add 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons (big tablespoons) flour, the 1 tablespoon olive oil, the lemon juice, and all the spices. Stir it all up until you cannot see anymore flour and the egg mixes in well. Then, you're ready to cook your burgers! 

*If making this recipe vegan, please replace two eggs with vegan egg replacement, like Ener-g egg replacer. 

Using Olive or *Vegetable oil, coat a pan. Use high heat. When the oil is hot enough, scoop about *1/2 a cup of the mixture onto the grill and pat flat with spatula. If the patties are too big, they don't grill as well or stay together well. Cook for *3 minutes on each side. Top with cheese after flipping. The patties will get a little brown and crispy on the outside. That is when you know they are ready. Serve on a bun with all the fixings you desire! Yum, Yum, Yum! Recipe makes about 6 burgers. Save the mix you don't use in a tupperware in the fridge, then grill the burgers when ready to eat. 

Stick Together Better Beet Burgers 
Total Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour
Deliciousness Factor: 4.5 out of 5 stars. What Brendan likes about the recipe "Beets!" Thanks Brendan, that's helpful. What I like about the recipe? It is by far the best veggie burger I've ever had. The flavors come together really nicely, and one burger is very, very filling. It's also pretty darn healthy, allowing me to eat some french fries :) 

Happy Grilling, 
<3 S, B, L&Z 

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