beet juice and beet bars. My daughter especially enjoyed the beet bars, a nutritious snack that comes in three flavors (apple, blueberry and cherry) and is packed with wholesome, gluten-free and GMO-free ingredients.
smoked paprika and cumin. I also used an egg to hold the patties together but if you don’t eat eggs you could substitute a flax egg by mixing 1 tablespoon ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons water.
To contrast the smoky flavors in the patties, I also made an easy goat cheese yogurt spread. Goat cheese has a nice tangy flavor and is commonly paired with beets. The creamy spread is the perfect match for the hearty, smoky burgers.
One of the strange realities of being a food blogger is that I rarely make a dish more than once because I’m always coming up with new recipes for the blog. But I know that I will definitely be making these burgers again. They make a great, nutritious meal for vegetarian and non-vegetarians alike. Plus they freeze great, so you can make a large batch and keep them in the freezer for nights when you’re pressed for time.
Smoky Beet Burgers with Goat Cheese Yogurt Spread
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 can low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 containers (6.5 oz each) Love Beets Smoky-BBQ ShreddedBeets
- 1 ½ cups cooked brown rice
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 large egg*
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Goat Cheese Yogurt Spread:
- 4 ounces (1 log) garlic & herb goat cheese, at room temperature
- 6 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Olive oil spray for cooking
- 8 hamburger buns
- Baby greens
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, 5-6 minutes. Place the mixture in a large bowl and let cool. Add the beans and mash them coarsely with a potato masher or fork, leaving some beans whole. Add the Love Beets Smoky-BBQ Shredded Beets and cooked rice. Pulse the oats in a mini food processor until finely ground. Add the ground oats to the bowl along with the egg, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine all ingredients well.
- Form the mixture into 8 patties, compacting them with your hands so that they hold together. Refrigerate until firm, ideally a few hours or overnight.
- To make the goat cheese yogurt spread, mix the goat cheese, yogurt, lemon juice and zest together in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Spray a nonstick skillet with olive oil and add the burgers. Cook 4-5 minutes until a crust forms, then flip and cook another 4-5 minutes on the other side. Alternatively, you can bake the burgers in the oven at 400°F for 10 minutes on each side.
- Serve the beet burgers on hamburger buns. Top with some goat cheese yogurt spread and baby greens. Devour!
These look amazing. Are they best frozen in pre-cooked or cooked state? I'd love to have them on hand.
Thanks! You can do either. I cooked them all and then froze the extra ones. I reheated them in the microwave and they came out great 🙂
Del's cooking twist says
Stunning burgers! I love the veggie touch to a burger and your recipe looks fabulous. I need to try!
Thanks, Del! I'm really loving veggie burgers these days and this recipe is so hearty and filling it will satisfy any meat lover 🙂
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
You had me at beet burger. And you added goat cheese spread. I think I'm in love!
Haha, thanks! You can't go wrong with beets and goat cheese- a perfect pairing!
Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking says
Beets are so pretty <3 love that color. Hello springtime!
Could the colors on this burger get any more beautiful?! Stunning! Also, I LOVE beets! And, this is perfect for spring!!
Thanks so much Erin! The beets really did give the patties a beautiful color. So glad you love beets!
Elizabeth Shaw says
Okay teach me your ways! I made a roasted beet burger with sprouted red rice and topped with feta (#twinning) but the photos were so bad I couldn't share lol! I love this! So beautiful, just like you!
Haha, you're so funny Liz! I can't help myself- I love to make my food look pretty 🙂
Stepfanie @ The Flexible Kitchen says
These look amazing. I make a black bean and beet burger that's similar, but they are quite time-consuming. What a great idea to use the precooked beets! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Stepfanie! It's definitely a great timesaver!
These beet burgers look outstanding! I love the flavor combo and, of course, having the beets already cooked and shredded would make this an easy meal even for a weeknight! Love!!
Yes, I will admit that the thought of cooking an peeling beets can be a bit intimidating! That's why these products are great. And you can double batch and freeze the leftovers for busy weeknights 🙂
Rosey Rebecca says
Oh man, I LOVE beet burgers and this brand of beets. Definitely pinning this recipe to try!
That's great that you love these products too! I hope you like the dish! Thanks for stopping by Rebecca 🙂
oh wow what a great colour and wow what great flavours...these burgers shout...more more more xoxo
Haha, thanks Beverley! They turned out great! xoxo
Rebecca Pytell says
One of my favorite foods...BEETS! A daily food in my diet!
Thanks for stopping by Rebecca!
Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny says
WOW these might be the prettiest burgers I've ever seen! The flavors sound incredible! 🙂
Thanks, Kelly! The beets did give the patties a lovely red color 🙂
Chrissa - Physical Kitchness says
You are simply awesome! Beets rock my world, but I never thought to make them into a burger! So clever! Totally pinned this!
Thanks so much, Chrissa! So happy to hear that you love beets. They are a terrific addition to veggie burgers- I hope you'll give this recipe a try!
Julie Wunder says
I LOVE beets, this is right up my alley. The flavor and nutrition is spot on! Pinned!
Thanks, Julie! I hope you try them out 🙂
Kristy Sayer @ Southern In Law says
I loveee beets and these look so good! I bet the rice gives them an awesome texture!
Thanks, Kristy! Yes, the brown rice adds nice texture and the slightly nutty flavor goes well with the smoky beets.
I can't believe there are actually smoky shredded beets available - how awesome! Love your use of them in these burgers. They're absolutely stunning and sound amazing, too.
Thanks, Alisa! Yes, the flavor is great and there's minimal prep work involved because they're already shredded!
Taylor Kiser says
Who knew beet burgers could look so good?!
Jessica Levinson says
I love beets and the Love Beets are fantastic! They must have expanded their product line because I haven't seen those shredded beets before. These burgers are absolutely gorgeous - that color is just amazing! I am super impressed by the perfect circles you achieved too - what's your trick?! And of course nothing better than goat cheese with beets -can't wait to try this whole recipe!
Thanks, Jessica! That's great that you enjoy Love Beets too! They have a number of great products on the market now. No trick to making the perfect circles, lol! I just turn them in my hands as I compact them. I do often weigh them out on a food scale first so that they're all the same size 🙂
Yay for beets! I disliked them for the longest time until (I think) somewhere in grad school? So glad I gave em' a chance again! 😛 These beet burgers look amazing! <3
Thanks Farrah! I would recommend the Love Beets products to anyone who said that they didn't like beets- they're so good!
Lisa Lin says
I LOVE these beet burgers, Sonali!! I've never thought of making a patty with them!