Sunday, February 19, 2012

Beet Burgers to Die For...

I cannot take credit for this recipe!  I got it from the fabulous farmers that run Muddy Fingers Farm and our CSA (not sure what a CSA is? follow the link...): Matthew and Liz.  They shared the recipe on the blog they write for our CSA.  Then Liz encouraged me to try them, saying they were amazing. Not only were they as good as she said, but my husband, who usually runs with the "it's not a meal if it doesn't include meat" crowd, loved them! Best of all, they're really healthy, even if they don't taste that way, and they're a great excuse to visit your local farmer's market, even at this time of year.  Carrots and beets may be available!

So that you can get your beet burger on, too, I'm sharing the recipe here and on Pinterest. My comments are in square brackets, while Liz and Matthew's are in parenthesis.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think...and what you decide to top your beet burger with!

Beet Burgers
Notes, in parenthesis, are from Muddy Fingers Farm
  • 2 cups grated beets
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • ½ cup grated onions
  • 1 cup cooked rice (I make a little extra in advance, if I know I am going to be making beet burgers)
  • 1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 T flour
  • ¼ cup oil
Minced fresh or dried garlic, cayenne, and parsley or other herbs to taste.

Toast seeds in a dry pan for several minutes, stir often. Mix all ingredients, form into patties and bake at 350*F. [they didn’t say how long to cook these. . .could take anywhere from 15-30 mins, or maybe more, depending on your oven. They get browned on edges and a much darker color overall when done. Flip them over after 10 or so minutes; they're yummier if you cook them on each side.] They can also can be make in a skillet (easier for just a few). Frozen ones can be reheated in a toaster oven.

(Since this is one of our all time favorite recipes, we will make a double or triple recipe at once and freeze the extras, then they make a quick meal when we are in a hurry. A food processor is your best friend for these!)

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