Grilled Beet Burgers

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A while back someone asked me if I missed eating meat. All fellow vegetarians probably recognize this question. It seems to be one of those inevitable questions that you get every now and then. Since I haven’t tried it for the past 17 years, my answer is always the same: “I actually don’t even remember how it tastes. So no, I don’t miss meat. Not the least, actually”.

We love vegetables. Not only eating, we love everything about them. How they grow from the earth. How they differ depending on the season. How they can vary vastly in color, shape and flavor. And how all these different colors from the different vegetables add different nutrients to our body. It all feels so natural. So obvious. This is how it is supposed to be. Vegetables should be the central part of the plate. Not just a side dish.

So when you ask me if I miss meat. I should ask you; don’t you miss vegetables?

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This beet burger is a great example of a vegetable focused dish. The flavor and texture of the beetroot is essential and affects everything in the burger. You could probably replace it with zucchini and carrots and it would also be awesome, but completely different. Another taste and another texture.

Here we have served the burger in a dark sourdough walnut bun from our favorite bakery. But we also often wrap it up in a cabbage leaf. Or serve it between to pieces of dark danish rye. If you want a dairy free burger you can replace the feta with tofu. Or you could do these Beetroot & Millet Burgers that we posted waaay back. If you want an entirely vegan burger you could always make our Portobello & Peach Burgers. Or try this awesome recipe by Laura from The First Mess.

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Beetroot & Feta Burger
Makes 6-8 burgers, depending on the size

3 cups / 750 ml grated raw beetroots (approx. 4-5 beets)
1,5 cups / 375 ml / 150 g rolled oats or flakes of your choice
1 small onion
7 oz / 200 g sheep’s feta cheese or firm tofu
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
2 organic eggs 
1 handful fresh basil
Salt/pepper

Toppings:
lettuce or cabbage
mango 
avocado
tomatoes
onions

Peel and grate beets, onion and garlic on a box grater or use a food processor with the grating blades attached. Place the grated vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, eggs and rolled oats and mix everything well. Add sheep’s cheese or tofu, basil, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Set aside for about 30 minutes, so the oats can soak up the liquid and the mixture sets (this step is important for the patties to hold together). Try shaping a patty with your hands. If the mixture is to loose, add some more oats. Form 6-8 patties with your hands. Grill the beetroot burgers a couple of minutes on each side – or fry them in a frying pan by heating a knob of coconut oil or ghee and fry until golden on both sides. Serve with grilled sourdough bread and toppings of your choice.

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146 Comments

  • Thanks for great dinner. I did it yesterday for our dinner and it was a tasty experience. Thanks
  • Bianca
    Although I LOVE my vegetables I never liked Beetroot and Okra. They tasted yucky and I never knew what to do with them. I am so thankful that since finding your blog I decided to give the humble beet another try - now I regularly eat your Beet Bouguignon (cookbook revised edition is so Devine!), Beet soup with horseradish yoghurt, the Beet/Millet burger and now these too! I now LOVE beet and get all the health benefits of eating it - thank you so much! Maybe you can change my mind on Okra too haha!! XX
  • Rachel B
    How wonderful to read a post about the "do you miss meat" question. I have been a vegetarian for 16 years (I made the decision when I was 11- so I really don't remember meat!) and my parents still ask me almost every day!
  • Rhiannon
    I wonder if it would be insane to sub the cheese/tofu for mashed avocado? Too much? Too crazy?!
    • Rhiannon
      or even a combo of avocado and mashed black beans?
  • I am so happy you posted this recipe. I've had a beet veggie burger only one time in LA and have never had one again. I am definitely going to try this recipe. Beets provide so much iron and I use it for juicing, but now I will have to try these burgers. However, I am allergic to egg yolk (I know, weird), but not the egg whites, I wonder if I can alter that part of the recipe a bit and still have the same success. We'll see... I will let you know how it turns out! Thanks!
  • This recipe is easy to follow and the food looks fantastic. It has been a while since I ate a burger but I am very tempted ha ha.
  • Lindsay
    I made these for lunch with the beets from my weekly CSA! We're not vegetarians and we did top them with bacon (oops!) but they were so good! we used a savory herb mix that came in our CSA instead of basil and I put quite a bit more oat in it because I didn't wait for them to soak as long as you recommended. Even the baby liked them! I'll probably make them several more times this season as long as the beets are growing and I might add black beans or corn pulsed in the food processor as well.
  • ahh the power of beets! these look awesome.
  • Amazing!! I definitely have to try this soon :-) Kh. Christina
  • YAY, I WON! \O/ Thank you sooo much, so happy! :)
  • Agnes
    Yesterday I made these burgers, they were perfect! :) Also my 3 and a half year old daughter loved them. Today I prepared them with zucchini and replaced egg with chia, they turned out a bit softer, but still very delicious and held together well.
  • shakti
    Scrumptious recipes, beetroot tastes so good AND is good for you too! Do our think that hey will work a well with egg substitute? I like the sound of using avocado too.
  • The burger looks great! As long as there's lots of feta, I'll stomach the beets =)
  • This are beautiful beyond words. Beet Burger? Why not!
  • Love this idea! Definitely worth a try!
  • The colours, the colours! Beets tend to make everything look like a brilliant rainbow. And I'm always surprised at how well they work with savoury, meaty ingredients.
  • Oh la la, those beet burgers look splendid! I'll add them to my list for when we return from our vacation. Thanks for the recipe. I enjoyed reading about your love for vegetables. I often get the same question and wonder why people are SO focus on getting "animal protein" rather than the healthy plant-based one? Being vegetarian is not about what we cannot eat, but what we choose to eat intentionally isn't it? Btw, great picture of the sunset.
  • Trish
    Can't belive I won your ebook. Thank you so much ! I have been a big fan of your blog since you were showcased in the Sunday Times. I love the way you always seem to come up with a fresh take on putting things together. I take great delight in your success. Best wishes, Trish
  • Oryx
    This looked so good, I had to try them right away! I made the yesterday for dinner and they were delicious. A bit difficult to eat though, because the patties were so soft, even after frying them. Next time I will definitely add more oats. I made mine with avocado cream, tomatoes, red onion and radicchio. Really, really yum, thanks for sharing this great recipe :)
  • Wow! the beetroot patties look amazing! The perfect burger for a summer dinner.
  • This looks sooooo tasty! Any suggestions on how to make this without the oats???
  • What a very interesting twist on veggie burgers, looks great for summer! Thanks for sharing
  • Great post, it is funny on the whole question of do you miss meat like a meal is not complete without it. I was really lucky in that both my parents were vegetarian and so I have never eaten meat which people always find staggering. The funny thing is I am 31 now and when I was a little kid I was constantly told how unhealthy it was but I never understood this and I guess I am having the last laugh as the world gradually realises that a vegetarian lifestyle is far more healthy. I will give these burgers a try but I have a mental block with burgers and they normally turn out all mushy although it is usually when I use beans or chickpeas. Do you have any tips?
  • I saw these bad boys yesterday on Facebook and knew I had to stop by to check out the recipe. As always, it looks wonderful. Since my husband eats meat, I have definitely turned into more of a flexiatarian, though I never eat it at home and only eat a bite of a dish when I'm at a fine-dining establishment when I know they're sourcing it locally and from reputable farmers. With that being said, I really don't miss it. I prefer well cooked veggies over meat any day... and this burger is certainly an example of how satisfying a vegetarian dish can be.
  • I love love love purple! And now what? A purple burger! That is brilliant and your photos are absolutely amazing. xx
  • Wow, these look sumptuous. I'd have a bite or two of that, please. Lovely story, too. I get asked quite a lot if I miss dairy, cheese, meat, etc. Nope. Never. Only been vegan two years, but I can't remember what cow's milk tastes like. Plant-based tastes so much nicer.
  • Yasmine
    Hello, Just got your book, thank you very inspiring xx

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