No-Fat Beet and Black Bean Burgers


Adaptation of Northstar Beet and Black Bean Burger

Barbecue season is upon us! Somehow, I ended up with 4 grills on my deck for the summer, so I’m hunting down no-fat ideas for grilling and smoking my grains and veggies to succulence. Today, I’ll share my adaptation on a famous vegan dish- the Northstar Beet and Black Bean Burger.This recipe is widely circulated online, but for a no-fat vegan, it required a few modifications.

I love the sweetness of the recipe, so my changes are mostly directed toward building a burger that holds together properly for cooking with no oil.  I do recommend using whole spices and grinding them fresh- it makes SUCH a difference in the flavor, but you can substitute pre-ground spices, of course!

This is kind of a messy project (do you like red fingers?) but when you are finished, you will have a large freezer bag full of handy burgers to cook at your convenience! You will need a food processor and an oven safe non-stick pan for this project. Check out my favorite:  the Woll Nowo pan.

Beet & Black Bean Burger

1 1/2 C cooked brown rice
1 large onion
2 large beets
1 can black beans, well drained
5 cloves garlic
1/2 C raisins
1 jalapeno or 1/tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp whole cumin
1/2 tsp whole coriander
1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sea salt
A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce
A dash of liquid smoke
1 Cup whole wheat flour

Instructions

1. Cook your brown rice using your favorite method and add it to a large mixing bowl.

2. Peel and quarter your onion and beets. You want a some texture in the veggies here, so you’re going to process in your food processor until the chop is fairly fine, but not mushy (see picture).  Do the beets first and add them to a large fry pan. Repeat the process with your onions.

3. Add 1/2 C of water to the beets & onions and “saute” on medium with a lid until tender – about 10 minutes. Stir every couple of minutes to avoid sticking, and add a little more water as needed. The idea here is to get a nice cooked beet that still has some texture.

4. While your beets are simmering, go back to your food processor and add the garlic, raisins, jalapeno (or red pepper flakes), cumin and coriander. Process for about 2 minutes- until the raisins are well ground. Add this mixture to the brown rice. Add the soy sauce, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, hot sauce, and liquid smoke. Mix together well.

5. Add your drained black beans and sauteed beets & onions to the rice mixture and stir until completely mixed. Add your flour and mix thoroughly.

6.To form your burgers, cut wax paper into 5 ” squares. Using an ice-cream scoop, form 18 burgers, one per square.

7. Flatten with a spoon and freeze on a cookie sheet for at least 45 minutes.  Store in the freezer in a ziplock bag.

8. Using an oven proof non-stick pan, you can cook these on low heat on your stove top, or use the non-stick frypan on top of your grill over indirect heat to “grill” or smoke the burgers. Barbecue University has excellent tutorial on the indirect method of grilling.

6 responses to “No-Fat Beet and Black Bean Burgers

  1. These look great – I actually picked up some beets from the farmer’s market this weekend and will have to try these out! I love the idea of having frozen wholesome meals ready to go with just a thaw. These have brilliant color.

    • It is great to make your own “convenience food”, isn’t it? There is so little in the grocery that works for a no-fat vegan, so these ARE great to have around. Enjoy your beets!

  2. these look great. love beets

  3. Wish I had this recipe for the past few smmeurs, when we belonged to a CSA farm and I never could figure what to do with the beets. My husband and I are, unfortunately, the type of people who feel that, no matter what you do to them, beets literally taste like dirt. Every year, I’d try some new recipe and hold out hope and then .nope, still tastes like dirt! We no longer do the CSA, but this might actually inspire me to buy some beets!

    • I hope this recipe is the beet magic you have been seeking! I keep the patties in my freezer for those days when I just don’t want to cook. Pull them out and whip up a nice fresh sweet corn salsa or pico de gallo and some baby arugula….omg…so yummy.

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