By now, my love for veggie burgers is probably well-known. The ones I bring you today are made with beetroot – yeah, not at all a common burger ingredient.
I must say I’m not the greatest fan of this purple veggie, although I appreciate eating it raw and grated in salads, just like we do sometimes with carrots.
Prepared in a similar fashion, here beetroot helps sustain the shape of the burger patties. It also adds a punch of vibrant, reddish-pink colour – surely a “wow factor” if you cook this for your friends!
We’ve added cooked quinoa as well, and an assortment of seeds (sesame and sunflower, but feel free to add your favourite), for a more filling dish.
If you haven’t done it already, check out our meat-free shopping list for tips on what ingredients to buy and their nutritional properties.
The bread you see in these pictures will soon have its own article. The sweet potato “french fries” were actually made in the oven. Just cut the potatoes into strips, spread them on a tray with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder and black pepper and roast them for 35 minutes at 190ºC.
We’ve chosen to cook these beetroot burgers in the oven, so they retain more moisture. However, if you plan on serving them without bread, you can toast them quickly on a pan afterwards, for an added crunch. Either way, they taste great.
- 200 g raw beetroot
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
Using a mesh strainer, rinse the quinoa thoroughly under tap water (I don’t do this always, but it helps remove its natural bitterness).
Add the quinoa, two cups of water and a pinch of salt to a small saucepan. Cook under medium heat for about 20 minutes.
Grate the beetroot finely to a bowl. Add the sunflower and sesame seeds. Finely chop the onion and garlic and add them as well.
Drain the quinoa and add it to the bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Using your hands, shape the mixture into burgers. You should be able to make between 6 to 8 of them.
Heat the oven at 180ºC. Line up a tray with a baking sheet and place the burgers on it. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 15 minutes.