Beet Vegetable Burgers
For the patties
1 medium beet, peeled and grated
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup walnuts
1 organic egg from free range chickens
1 small onion, finely diced
1/2 inch ginger knob, peeled and grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch sea salt
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
To assemble (serving suggestions):
roasted sweet potatoes (for topping or on the side)
fresh parsley or spinach salad (for burger topping)
yogurt and tahini sauce (for drizzling & dipping)
turmeric hummus (healthy topping option for a saucy burger)
whole wheat buns (for burger)
Notes: The key to creating excellent veggie burgers is finding the formula that gives them texture, keeps them together, and makes them taste delicious. It might seem difficult to replace meat in burgers, but it's actually a very simple process. Here are the main ingredients you need for making a perfect veggie burger (so good that it could actually make you forget about the classic meat ones):
Legumes, beans or cereal grains as a base – this could be anything from lentils, quinoa, bulgur, brown rice, beans of any variety, chickpeas.
Egg or egg replacement (ground flax, chia seeds) – to hold the ingredients together.
Vegetables to add nutritional value and lovely color to your burgers – sweet potatoes, beets, broccoli, spinach, parsley, kale.
Nuts or seeds – to give them meat-like texture.
Onion, garlic or ginger – to add flavor.
Extras – spices (turmeric, curry paste, cumin), dried herbs, smoked paprika, chili flakes and others of your preference.
Adding beets to the veggie burgers is a great way to nourish your body cells with exceptional nutrients. Beets are unique sources of betalains and contain a concentrated combination of minerals (copper, manganese, potassium and magnesium), making the perfect combo your cells need to trigger the natural detoxification process. They also contain important concentrations of carotenoid antioxidants with health effects for your eye sight and skin. The absorption of beet carotenoids is increased when combining it with nuts and seeds, which are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats.