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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Beet Burgers

Beet Burgers
Makes 9 medium patties; Vegan; Can be made Gluten Free

Having fresh beets on hand that I was able to pick up at the farmers market, this is the perfect recipe to use. No need to chill patties and totally free of cruelty this recipe is perfect to share with your friends and family.

4 fresh beets, grated
1/2 cup of cooked lentils (I used canned)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (use gluten free bread crumbs if you prefer)
1/2 cup brown rice cooked (this is great for leftovers)
1/4 of red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 Tablespoon of parsley
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
couple grinds of pepper
1 teaspoon liquid smoke

1. Peel and grate beets and onion on a box grater or use a food processor with the grating blades attached.

2. Change blade to "S" blade and combine all of the ingredients and pulse several times continuing to scrape down the sides. You don’t want to pulse so many times it turns to mush, so just make sure you have some nice texture. If your burger dough is too wet, add more breadcrumbs, if it is too dry, add more lentils and beets. If you are brave and can handle putting what looks like raw ground beef in your mouth, do a taste test. If you can’t just trust the recipe and try later.

3. Lightly oil a medium skillet or use vegetable broth to keep the patties from sticking to the pan. Form into patties and cook over medium heat about 10-12 minutes on both sides. Serve warm and with your favorite burger toppings.... Tomatoes, Spinach, Mustard, Vegan Mayo, Peppers, Avocado, the sky is the limits!

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