• Roasted Beetroot Burger

    Whoever said Vegans couldn’t enjoy a delicious burger was wrong – very wrong! These day’s it seems like our options for plant based burgers are virtually unlimited. From black bean burgers, to portobello mushroom burgers and more, there’s a vegan burger for everyone. One thing we’ve noticed is that Beetroot Burgers are on the rise for their juicy, real-burger-like consistency, and their amazing flavor. So, when we found Natalie Prigoone’s recipe for a beetroot burger, we just had to share.

    What you’ll need to make this tasty burger is just a few simple ingredients and about an hour of your time. You can eat this burger on a bun with all your favorite fixings or over a salad with a complimentary dressing. Either way, you’ll enjoy every bite from start to finish. Head to the store to gather these ingredients, then get started and let us know what you think!

    Ingredients for Beetroot Burger

    500g beetroot (for me this one one giant beetroot)
    1/2 cup of cooked brown rice
    1/2 cup of cooked orange lentils/split peas
    1/2 cup of cooked dark quinoa
    4 cloves garlic
    1 cup of dukkah spice mix (see link)

     

    Method

    Preheat oven to 200 degree Celicus. Wash and trim your beetroot. I sliced my one large beetroot into quarters to reduce cooking time. Roast your beetroot in the oven for about 40 minutes or until soft. Allow to cool before grating. Make Dukkah (see below) and add the whole contents to the grated beetroot. Chop garlic and mix everything well with a wooden spoon. Shape into 6 patties. Chill in the refrigerator or freeze until needed.

    These burgers will hold their shape much better while pan frying if chilled first.

    Serve your burgers for your family at dinner, or share them with your friends at your next barbecue. Either way, they’re sure to be a major hit!

    Recipe by Natalie Prigoone

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  • Smokey Vegan Black Bean Burger

    Burger anyone? A lot of people believe that if you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, you can’t enjoy a good burger. Oh how wrong they are. We like to think that burgers are actually a vegan specialty! If you’ve been missing good burgers in your life, or maybe haven’t found one you love just yet, give Natalie’s Smokey Vegan Black Bean Burger a try and let us know what you think.

    Ingredients

    400g cooked black beans (rinsed)
    100g cooked brown rice
    1 small onion
    75g walnuts
    1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves
    3 tbs barbecue sauce
    1 tsp smoked paprika
    1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    1 chia egg
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Olive or coconut oil for frying.

    Method

    Start by making the chia egg so it has time to gelatinise. ‘What is a chia egg?’ I hear you ask? A chia egg is a great substitute for a whole egg and acts to bind the mixture together. Simply stir 1 tbs chia seeds with 3 tbs of water and allow to absorb for 10 minutes or so. You could use a whole egg. But either way you’ll have the added benefit of increasing the protein content.

    Next, place walnuts in a clean frypan and toast (dry fry) on a medium low heat until browned. Set aside to cool.

    Dice the onion finely and fry in a little oil until browned. Grind the walnuts in a spice grinder until it resembles bread crumbs. Add the spices to the onions and cook.

    Add the sauce, cooked rice and cooked black beans to the pan. Mix all ingredients well, including the nuts, chopped coriander and chia egg. Mash some of the beans to help combine. Taste and season. Shape into 6 round burger patties and refrigerate or freeze until needed.

    Chilling, helps them keep their shape. Pan fry 3 at a time in a little oil on medium heat for 3 minutes each side. Only turning once.

    Finish off in the oven for 5 or 10 minutes. Serve as you would your favourite burger. Try slow caramelised onions as above.

    Or serve this with chunks for fresh avocado and vine ripened tomatoes, fresh rocket an a dollop of fruit chutney.

    Eat more vegetables. Eat more plants. Its so easy to eat a plant based diet that tastes this good. Check out my other burger recipes like Roasted Carrot & Lentil Burgers and Dukkah Beetroot Burgers. 

    By Natalie Prigoone