Beetroot Quinoa Burgers

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Love beetroot! So much goodness in this vegetable, don’t bother about buying it in a can, the key nutrients don’t come in a can. I buy my beetroots direct from the farmer himself for $1 each – bargain! You can do sooo much with them (I’ll even try using them for cakes as a ‘masking’ ingredient!). This would go perfectly with some zucchini chips, or a side salad, steamed veggies, or even by itself.

Ingredients:Beetroot Quinoa Burgers

250g Beetroot (approx 2x beets)

1/2 Cup of uncooked quinoa

1/2 Cup of uncooked brown lentils

3 Tablespoons of tahini (unhulled)

3/4 Cup of raw oat bran

1 Onion – diced

2 Cloves of garlic – minced

1 Teaspoon of thyme

1/2 Teaspoon of oregano

1/2 Teaspoon of turmeric

1.5 Teaspoon of mustard powder

Light spray of coconut oil for the pan

Instructions:

Rinse and drain quinoa thoroughly. Cook as per packet instructions (1 Cup of Water, bring to boil and simmer for 15min).
Follow the same instructions for lentils and have cooking separate to quinoa but at the same time (to save time!).

Whilst quinoa and lentils are cooking, prep your onion and garlic, set aside. Peel your beets and remove all skin. I shredded my beets in a food processor (SO MUCH EASIER!!). Set aside.

Once quinoa and lentils are cooked, allow quinoa to cool. Rinse the lentils and also allow to cool. Place the quinoa, lentils and 1 cup of the of shredded beetroot in the food processor and pulse for 1 min. Make sure you do not let mixture become a fine meal by only pulsing on and off for the 1 min.

Put mixture in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients (including the left over shredded beetroot, this is optional you can pulse all the beetroot together but I like the pieces of beetroot in my burgers). Mix well ensuring everything is evenly combined. Allow mixture to sit for 10min in freezer, this will help mould the burger shapes.

Roll mixture into 8 large balls and flattened with your hands. Heat fry pan up with a light spray of coconut oil. Depending on your pan size (and how good you can flip those burgers!) place 4 burgers in the pan and allow to cook for 5min ensuring they do not stick to the bottom of pan. Flip and allow other side to cook for a further 5min. Repeat with remaining 4 burgers. Serve!

These burgers are kept great in the fridge or freezer and hold the flavour up to a week after you cook them.

They make a great snack or lunch/dinner!