I love roasted beets and when I saw this recipe in a magazine that I picked up from the pharmacy, I just had to try it. The recipe was something I just had to try as it contained healthy ingredients that I already enjoy. While the beet burgers had a good taste to them, I think next time I will leave the beets or use gold beets, out as the red color of the burgers was just not my thing. Make sure to have your brown rice and lentils cooked before starting the recipe.
Vegetarian Smoky Beet Burgers
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium beet, peeled
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup cooked lentils
1 cup walnuts
1/4 cup rolled oats
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a small pan, heat the oil and saute the onion over medium-low heat until soft and golden. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
2. Grate the beet with a grater or in a food processor. Combine the grated beet, onion/garlic, spices, brown rice, lentils, and walnuts in the food processor and pulse until combined. Add the egg and pulse a couple of times. Add the oats and pulse until combined. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
3. Using a 1/2 cup measuring cup, form the mixture into 6-8 patties. Kitchen gloves will keep your hands from turning colors or use a spoon to fill the measuring cup and then tap the cup onto a pan lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Use a spoon to flatten the patties. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until patties are not mushy. Serve the burgers on buns with cheese if desired.
So are you brave enough to try these red beet burgers?