Authors: .green kitchen stories
A while back someone asked me if I missed eating meat. All fellow vegetarians probably recognize this question. It seems to be one of those inevitable questions that you get every now and then. Since I haven’t tried it for the past 17 years, my answer is always the same: “I actually don’t even remember how it tastes. So no, I don’t miss meat. Not the least, actually”.
We love vegetables. Not only eating, we love everything about them. How they grow from the earth. How they differ depending on the season. How they can vary vastly in color, shape and flavor. And how all these different colors from the different vegetables add different nutrients to our body. It all feels so natural. So obvious. This is how it is supposed to be. Vegetables should be the central part of the plate. Not just a side dish.
So when you ask me if I miss meat. I should ask you; don’t you miss vegetables?
This beet burger is a great example of a vegetable focused dish. The flavor and texture of the beetroot is essential and affects everything in the burger. You could probably replace it with zucchini and carrots and it would also be awesome, but completely different. Another taste and another texture.
Here we have served the burger in a dark sourdough walnut bun from our favorite bakery. But we also often wrap it up in a cabbage leaf. Or serve it between to pieces of dark danish rye. If you want a dairy free burger you can replace the feta with tofu. Or you could do these Beetroot & Millet Burgers that we posted waaay back. If you want an entirely vegan burger you could always make our Portobello & Peach Burgers. Or try this awesome recipe by Laura from The First Mess.
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Beetroot & Feta Burger
Makes 6-8 burgers, depending on the size
3 cups / 750 ml grated raw beetroots (approx. 4-5 beets)
1,5 cups / 375 ml / 150 g rolled oats or flakes of your choice
1 small onion
7 oz / 200 g sheep’s feta cheese or firm tofu
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
2 organic eggs
1 handful fresh basil
lettuce or cabbage
Peel and grate beets, onion and garlic on a box grater or use a food processor with the grating blades attached. Place the grated vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, eggs and rolled oats and mix everything well. Add sheep’s cheese or tofu, basil, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Set aside for about 30 minutes, so the oats can soak up the liquid and the mixture sets (this step is important for the patties to hold together). Try shaping a patty with your hands. If the mixture is to loose, add some more oats. Form 6-8 patties with your hands. Grill the beetroot burgers a couple of minutes on each side – or fry them in a frying pan by heating a knob of coconut oil or ghee and fry until golden on both sides. Serve with grilled sourdough bread and toppings of your choice.