These burgers are chock full of superfoods, beautifully rich in color, and so tasty!
They’re really nice in fall + winter when you are looking for that smoky, full flavor. And you can make them into small meatball/ 2 bit sizes for an appetizer or into a full burger size for your meal.
Superfoods include beets: Rich in minerals like manganese and potassium, also C vitamins + B folate - can never get enough of those! And very grounding as a root vegetable.
and of course Walnuts for your Omega 3s!
Black beans are of course super healthy too. fiber, slow carbs.
Equipment: You will need a food processor to make these burgers and most veggie burgers. A worthy investment!
Spices: If you don't have coriander + cumin, your burgers will still be tasty, although they do add a nice rich flavor. The smoked paprika + chili powder are a must!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serving Size: 8-10 burgers
3 Tbsp olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, sliced into strips
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 c grated beets, or use grater attachment on your food processor (packed)
1½ c cooked short grain white or brown rice. (use frozen pack of rice to make it quick!)
1 15oz can cooked black beans.
1 c loose walnuts
2.5 tsp sweet smoked paprika (or smoked paprika)
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
- In a frying pan over medium heat, sauté onions until translucent.
- Stir in walnuts, garlic, and 1tsp paprika. Toast everything for 3 minutes together, brown nuts a tiny bit.
- Add beets, stir mixture, remaining paprika, salt, coriander and cumin. cook for another 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing sticks.
- Set mixture aside to cool a bit.
- In food processor, pulse rice, black beans, salt and pepper until its texture is similar to the beet mixture. (Don't over-do it! You don't want this mixture to be gummy.)
- Add beet mixture to food processor and pulse everything together a few times.
- Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Stir everything + add more spice as needed + salt + pepper.
- option to add 1 egg white (not yolk) and do a final mix to help everything stick together. I've done with and without egg and it works both ways.
- Form patties to the size you like and bake at 350 for 15- 20 minutes. Before cooking, you can coat outside with olive oil - by hand or with a spray.
*If you are making the mixture ahead of time, but you’re not cooking it right away, don’t add the egg white until you are going to cook.