Did I ever mention that I LOVE veggie burgers? Oh wait only a hundred times. This little beauty of a burger came about because I wanted to do something different to show how versatile a burger can be. I went through ideas of spinach burger, carrot burger, black bean chilli burger and decided on beetroot burger! I like beetroot but I don’t love beetroot so I wanted to try and balance out the earthy flavours with something a bit sweeter (so I added feta); I also wanted to give it a twist so I used chickpeas instead of my usual beans and I added some curry paste. The first time I made these I added toasted spices but the flavour was so harsh against the beetroot so I found that using a paste gave it a more mellow taste.
It may sound like a mish mash but I can promise you that this is a tasty little burger!
Makes 4 burgers:
145g Beetroot (120g when peeled)
1/2 Red Onion finely chopped
1 tablespoon Curry Paste (I used Rogan Josh paste)
65g Feta Cheese
Mash the chickpeas in a bowl untill broken down but don’t mash them untill smooth! Grate the beetroot into the bowl (this is a messy part as fingers and worktops begin to turn pink!) and add the finely sliced red onion, the breadcrumbs, the egg and the curry paste. Stir all these ingredients together to combine.
Crumble the feta into the bowl in quite large chunks and gently fold the cheese into the mixture.
Mould the mixture into 4 patties and then put them on a plate in the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes. This will firm them up before cooking.
In a pan heat some oil (use spray oil if being healthy) and then fry the burgers for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve with a burger bun and salad…and even some chips yum!