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Cool and Fresh Beet Burgers

Since becoming a vegetarian three years ago, I’ve fallen in love with veggie burgers. With so many possible combinations, it’s always a tasting adventure and fun to seek out new ways to reinvent the burger. This time around I put together a beet burger full of healthy lentils and brown rice with a cool yogurt dill sauce and some cucumbers for an added refreshing crunch to every bite.

And these guys are super healthy too! Beets are one of those foods that are all around good for you. Since ancient times they’ve been used for medicinal purposes: cleansing the liver, treating kidney stones, gallbladder, stomach, and intestine disorders, aiding in digesting, and rebuilding red blood cells to combat anemia. Not to mention, they’re great detoxifiers, stimulating specific enzymes to latch on, neutralize, and excrete toxic matter in the body. So cook up these babies, and feel zero guilt. You’re actually doing good for the body.

Burger Ingredients (yields 4 patties):
4 Buns (I used onion rolls)
1 1/4 Cups cooked brown rice
1 Cup cooked brown or green lentils
1 Cup shredded beets
3 Tbsp finely chopped onion
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
3 Tbsp Smooth Almond Butter
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs
1 Tsp Salt
Fresh Black Pepper
1 Sprig Dill, chopped
1/2 Tsp Caraway Seeds
1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tsp Dry Mustard
Sliced Cucumber
Sliced Tomato
Mixed Greens
Olive Oil for frying

Dill Yogurt Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
5 Sprigs Dill, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
10 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice from 1 lemon
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Lemon Pepper
4 Tbsp Water

Combine rice, lentils, beets, chopped onion, garlic, almond butter, dill, mustard, caraway seeds, dry mustard, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl and mash with the back of a fork. Stick in the fridge to cool for 10 minutes.

Mix all dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl while you are waiting.

Form burger mixture into 4 balls with wet hands.

Heat pan over a med/hi flame with olive oil. Drop in burger balls and flatten with a spatula.

Cook until slightly blackened on each side.

Pile cooked beet burger on top of a bun. Place greens, sliced tomato, and slice cucumber on top. Drizzle with yogurt dressing, and enjoy!

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megan -April 29, 2012, 12:47PM

I am not vegan nor have I ever eatin beets before but this meal looks so delicious :)

rinotta -April 29, 2012, 1:26PM

oh my god! This looks soo gooood. There are so many frozen veggie burgers out there that just don’t do it for me. This fresh option- que bueno! Thank you Thank you!

tara polly -April 29, 2012, 2:50PM

i am a vegetarian too and am always on the hunt for the next best veggie burger. beets scare me a little (my mom despises them and for some reason instilled it deep enough into me that i’m almost scared to taste ’em!) but this might just be the best foyer into beets ever. thanks for sharing! xo.

Molly -April 29, 2012, 5:02PM

You said you put this together? That’s weird because I found the exact same recipe at Stay creative Naomi!

lovemore -April 30, 2012, 2:12AM

oh my golly burger! YUMMMMM looks far too tasty. xxx

Rachel Siegel -May 5, 2012, 12:25PM


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