Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Roasted Beet & Lentil Vegan Burger

Because I'm about to eat my weight in turkey this week I always try to healthy up until Wednesday night- then the holidays begin and I pretty much don't stop eating. Well I have food comas in between binging. What, no judgements?! I love food. 
So I decided to roast some beets and use up some leftover lentils I had to make a vegan (and gluten free) burger. And even though nothing compares to actual burgers in my mind- I really loved this sandwich!! It was filling and I still felt light after eating it aka the opposite of Thanksgiving full. 

Roasted Beet & Lentil Burger 

2 cups roasted beets*, cubed 
1 1/2 cups lentils, cooked
1 tbs italian parsley minced 

Zest of 1/2 lemon 
Juice of 1/2 lemon (approx 1 1/2 tbs)

2 1/2 tbs flour (I used gluten free cup4cup flour) 
1/4 tsp ground cumin 
1/2 tsp salt
Few cracks of pepper 
1 tbs olive oil 

Optional: tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, burger buns

Food processor or blender
Measuring cups/spoons 
Medium mixing bowl
Mixing spoon 
Nonstick sauté pan 
Paper towel lined plate 

Add roasted beets, lentils, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced parsley, cumin, salt and pepper to the food processor. Pulse until semi-smooth and well combined. 

Move into a bowl and add the flour- mix well with spoon. Once combined, use your hands to form 4 patties. I recommend using gloves if you don't want your hands to turn pink. 

Heat oil over medium heat in nonstick pan. Once hot- add your patties. I could only cook two at a time because of my pan size. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side. 

Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil. 

Serve your burger with whatever toppings you feel like. I kept mine vegan with avocado, lettuce and tomato but next time I would add some goat cheese. Enjoy!! Xo

*to roast your beets: wrap the beets individually in aluminum foil and place on baking tray. Roast at 375 degrees for 45 to an hour. The time depends on the size of the beets. Once a knife pierced through the foil easily- they're done. And then you can use the foil to help remove the peel. I sort of scrape the beet with the aluminum and then I don't have to deal with red dyed hands. 

Just after the food processor 

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