Ultimate Beet Burger


 

INGREDIENTS
2 cups of lentils
1 cup of chopped cauliflower
½ cup chopped beets
Half an onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast/nooch
Tsp cumin, paprika (or smoked paprika) or chipotle
½ tsp cayenne pepper
(makes 3-4 medium sized patties)


BURGER DRESSINGS: It's completely up to you but for the best results we recommend:
A whole grain bun
Avocado
Tomato
Lettuce
Red onion
Mayo
Chipotle powder (or paprika)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

First put some oil in a pan on medium high heat and toss in the garlic and chopped onion. Let them simmer and then add the cauliflower. When the cauliflower is nice and soft add the beets and lentils. Stir everything together then add the spices and salt and pepper to taste. Leave it on the heat, slowly stirring for about 5 minutes.

Once the veggies are sautéed, they must be blended into a paste. Texture is everything so I prefer using a stick blender because it gives complete control but pulsing a food processor or blender both work. We want some chunks and texture and too much blending turns it into mashed potatoes and it’s tough to work with. Ideally it is chunky but can stay on a spoon if turned sideways/upside down. If it isn’t quite thick enough as I said, I’ll add some oat flour.

When it’s blended into a delightfully meat-looking paste, it has to cool for around 15 minutes. Making the paste the day before eating is even better because everything gets a chance to settle and the paste thickens a bit more.

When it’s cool, put some oil into a non-stick pan and bring up to a medium heat, make a burger-like patty the size of your bun and gently place it onto the pan. After a few minutes give it a flip. Toast a bun, while it’s toasting, add ¼ tablespoon of chipotle powder into mayo, boom, chipotle mayo. Put a healthy dollop of mayo onto the top bun, put the burger onto the bottom bun, another healthy dollop of mayo on the burger, top with avocado, next red onion, then tomato, toss a bit of lettuce on the top bun, place on top of tomatoes, lean back, say “damn son,” take a photo, shake your head and wonder, “why do people eat regular burgers?”

Sit down and dig in!