Beetroot Veggie Burgers
Here’s something you might not know about me: not only am I semi-ambidextrous, but I’m also semi-vegetarian. What does this mean? Well, it means that a) I’ve been a meat-eater for less than half of my life, and b) I made the same decision that many people make in later years – the decision to convert to vegetarianism – in reverse.
You see, my parents are both vegetarians, and consequently, so was I, up until the age of thirteen when I decided that I didn’t agree that it was wrong to eat animals. I’ve been omnivorous ever since, but in a very conscious and informed way, rather than by default. However, there is one scene in which I will always act the vegetarian, and that is in a fast food outlet.
This is because when I was younger, any time we got treated to fast food it always had to be at Burger King, because it was the only place where you could rely on getting a decent veggie burger. And boy, were their Spicy Bean Burgers delicious! To this day I won’t eat anything else from a fast food place (Taco Bell being the only exception). To get to the point: I think this part of my upbringing is the deep-seated reason why I have amassed so many veggie burger recipes on my Recipes for Success pinboard.
You may remember I posted about these beetroot-based plant burgers from Eat Live Run. I made them about a week ago, because my brother (who is still a vegetarian, despite his strong dislike for anything green) was staying with me and I wanted to try and convince him that vegetables are cool. I ended up eating them for dinner about five days in a row, because a) my plan backfired and he didn’t touch the burgers, and b) they were pretty darn good.
The beetroot taste is actually quite modest – just part of a symphony of flavours including onions, mushrooms and thyme – but the burgers are beautifully balanced, and Jenna’s serving suggestion of lettuce, cheese and sweet chilli sauce could not be more spot-on. I will definitely be making these again, and you should too! (Except without the ‘again’ part, because it’s quite likely that you’ve never heard of a beet burger before).
So yeah, I was so impressed with these that I promptly pinned a ton more veggie burger recipes and plan to go to town on them just as soon as I get my apartment back.
Ciao for now!