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Beetroot & Feta Burger: Meat Free Monday

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:

150g Chickpeas
145g Beetroot (120g when peeled)
80g Breadcrumbs
1 Egg
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!

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38 thoughts on “Beetroot & Feta Burger: Meat Free Monday

  1. These our our favorite burgers!! We had a bit of cheese and an avocado on top. I usually quadruple the recipe and freeze the burgers for a quick meal on busy days. Delicious!

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  3. I’m excited to try this recipe, but first one question.. Is the beetroot fresh or cooked? I’m guessing fresh but didn’t think they would cook so quickly as a patty. please advise. thanks!

  4. My best friend made these for us and they were AMAZING!!! And I formally hated beets. Now I have a fridge full of beets ready to make some for myself. Thank you!

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  6. Wow! Anyone on the fence about making this… stop worrying and make sure you DOUBLE the recipe! That’s what I did 😉 The only change was oats instead of breadcrumbs because I didn’t have any on hand.

    But seriously, my boyfriend and I concluded that this is now at the top of the list in terms of veggie burgers. We’ve been veg for 6 yrs now and this is seriously THE BEST veggie burger I’ve ever had! (And I’ve had my fair share of veggie burgers, lol!)

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe 🙂

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  8. I have made these three times, every time they are delicious (although i substitute the egg for ground flax seed to make vegan) A really simple and tasty burger. Even my partner who eats meat loves them!

  9. Just came across this -looks good. I have a thai green curry or massamam curry paste do you think either of these would work aswell or would curry powder be best? Thanks

  10. Would this be okay without curry paste? maybe tomato instead? I don’t ever have any need for curry paste so it would be a waste of me to buy only for this recipe :c

    • HEy, I’ve never tried it with tomato paste but I think it could taste nice! otherwise how about a bit of curry powder to keep the flavour the same? Let me know how it goes 🙂

    • Just a heads up! There are LOADS of soup recipes that use curry paste that I cannot recommend higher. That’s how I ended up using the curry paste that I bought for this recipe. Pumpkin Curry Soup and Thai Butternut Squash Soup to name a couple… perfect for fall! Just go a-Pinteresting!

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  14. This might be a dumb question, but what condiments do you put on these? Ketchup and mustard just don’t seem right.

    • Hey! Not a dumb question at all. I actually love mango chutney on mine but something more neutral like mayo would also work nicely 🙂 Hope that helps x

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  16. Hello! Thank you so much for the feedback and I’m really glad you liked the burgers (even the non veggie husband) 🙂 I will have to try it with balti paste!

  17. Thank you for this recipe, I made these burgers yesterday for my veggie daughter and non-veggie husband and we al thought they were delicious. Mine turned out a very different colour, though, as I use one of those fancy (raw) beetroots which is red and white stripes on the inside. A Balti curry paste gave it a hint of curry, just right for us, and I was pleased that they kept their shape so well in the frying pan.
    Will make them again!

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    • Thanks, the feta adds a nice sweetness and texture to the burger I think 🙂 Make sure you leave some large chunks of feta in the mix then every now and then you bite into a melted bit mmm

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