The biggest challenge with beet burgers is that it is difficult getting the mix of beets to bind together. And if you do achieve a patty, it is very hard to get them to not crumble on the grill. I tried a few different things and found that I had to add gluten free oats as well as ground walnuts to keep the burger from falling apart. Be careful when flipping them because they will crack in half, that is why I put them in a beet kefta form…it was easier to keep them together.
Today, I was in a bit of a hurry, so I decided to take an easier route and try a Beet Kefta. Kefta is traditionally Middle Eastern, and made of either beef or lamb. However, you can finely grind almost anything to create kefta. Beets are perfect for this. I normally I would roast or boil my own beets but today I used Love Beets! It’s okay to make your life and cooking experience a little simpler, especially if the product is high quality. I love trying a new product that I can count on. Love Beets are a time saver and do not compromise the quality of the whole dish. Plus! Love Beets family run business and organic.
I am not a vegetarian, however, I am gluten free and loved this as another option for a summertime picnic. Create your own filling and keep in mind that it will need a binder to hold together. Quinoa is a great source of protein to add to the burger and make it more of a meal. Enjoy!
Beet KeftaPrint Recipe
- Love beets 1 package of the plain beets
- 1 Teaspoon of garlic
- 1 Ear of fresh corn
- 1/2 Cup of gluten free oats
- 1 Cup of red quenoa
- 1/2 Cup of red onion
- 1/2 Cup of finely chopped walnuts
- 1/2 Cup of chopped red, green and yellow peppers
- 1 15 ounce can of Chickpeas drained and rinsed
- Pepper and salt to taste
Grind the oats until they turn to a flour mixture in the food processor
Also in the food processor add the beets and pulse them until they are finely chopped
Then add the walnuts and chickpeas until smooth
Add the oats, chickpeas, walnuts and beets in a bowl
Add corn, peppers, onions, garlic quinoa, salt and pepper
Mix with your hands and patty out the kefta
Place the patties on a piece of foil or in a pan that has been oiled to prevent them from sticking
Do not overcook they dry out