Recipe: Spicy Black Bean Beet Burger

You'll never look at veggie burgers the same way again.

November 17, 2014
Black Bean Beet Burger
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Let's face it: Store-bought veggie burgers can often times be dry and lacking on the flavor front. That's exactly why this delectable spicy black bean beet burger recipe from celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak's The Body Reset Diet Cookbook will change everything you thought you knew about burgers sans meat. Plus, the beets boast loads of fiber (good for digestion) and also are proven to prevent lung and skin cancer. 

Spicy Black Bean Beet Burger
(Makes 2 servings)
Nutrition per serving: 385 calories, 75 g carbs, 18 grams protein, 7 g fat, 23 g fiber


Cooking oil spray
2 small beets, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped (or more if preferred)
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (or 1 teaspoon/5 mL dried chipotle chili)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar or other vinegar
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup (60 mL) whole wheat flour
2 high-fiber hamburger buns
2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise (or 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise)

1. Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking oil.

2. Add beets, onions, and garlic; sauté until soft, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. In a food processor, combine beet mixture, beans, chipotles, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Pulse just enough to combine and lightly chop the mixture (or combine in a large bowl and mix thoroughly by hand, keeping it chunky).

4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl (if using food processor) and add flour; mix thoroughly.

5. Divide mixture in half and shape by hand into 2 patties. If mixture is too loose to hold together, add a pinch more flour.


6. Return pan to medium-high heat. Sear patties until brown on the bottom, about 6 minutes. Flip patties, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until cooked through, about 6 minutes.

7. Spread top half of each bun with mayo and place a patty on each bun.

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