Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beet Burgers

Beet BurgersI have found that beets are a tricky ingredient. Many people tell me that they don't like them but like anything, if they are prepared the right way they will win a few people over.

If you're one of those beet skeptics, try them out because of all of their great benefits. Beets are not only good for a high source of energy but they also contain trytophan which can relax our minds and is good for our mental health. Beets are also said to help prevent cancers because they help purify our blood. Did I say that they were packed with vitamins and minerals too? Okay, so now that you know that beets are worth the effort, try a beet burger!

Beet Burgers are one of those recipes that I have turned a few beet skeptics. My top beet takers are actually the kids! They love these burgers. The earthy beet flavor isn't that strong because of all the additional flavors that are packed in these!

Beet Burgers

Makes 6 burgers

2 c beets, shredded (I've used golden, white and red beets. All are delicious!
1/2 c zucchini, shredded and liquid squeezed out
1/2 c onion, diced
5 oz crumbled feta cheese (crumbled goat cheese is great too, but make sure it's already crumbled and not a block, the block doesn't work out as well)
1 c oats
1/2 c almond meal (or use AP Flour)
1 egg
1 T basil
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper

**Vegan option: Replace egg with an egg substitute of your choice and the cheese with tofu. Works great!!

Mix all ingredients together. Take half of the mixture and process in a food processor. This helps everything stick together better. Put back in the bowl with the rest of the mixture and let sit for at least a half hour so the oats can soak up the liquid. Scoop out 1/2 c burgers and place on a sprayed sheet tray.

Bake in the oven at 375ยบ for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for another 10.

Beet Burgers

I like these topped with a few greens, caramelized onions, a little extra cheese and vegenaise. YUM!!

Beet Burgers

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