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recipe: beet & brown rice veggie burgers

A few years ago, I would have never imagined myself saying this but... we made beet & brown rice veggie burgers and they were incredible. I know... WHAT?! Beets & brown rice don't usually have the crowds clamoring, but I'm convinced that if we didn't eat all of these burgers ourselves, we could have used them to convert a lot of people over to the dark side of weird hippie food. If I had been blindfolded, I wouldn't have even guessed that I was eating beets. The texture was right on, the flavor was awesome and they are made even better by being lightly fried. My only complaint, and it's more of an observation really, is that they were crumbly and a little tough to handle. But that holds true for many homemade veggie burgers, so I wasn't too disappointed.

I know it looks like a slab of raw beef, but it isn't. And while we're on the topic, I'd like to issue a reminder that veggie burgers are generally NOT TRYING TO TASTE LIKE MEAT! Sure, the All American Flame Grilled Boca Burgers are, but the rest of the veggie burger world aims to celebrate the tastes of... wait for it, VEGGIES. So no, these burgers do not taste like ground beef, as much as the photos suggest otherwise. They taste like delicious vegetables and grains.

Full recipe posted here. Originally posted at http://unspeakablevisions.blogspot.com/2011/06/beet-brown-rice-vegg....

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Comment by Cornelia on July 5, 2011 at 12:59pm
Yay! Hi Christine! Thanks so much for posting this recipe! We're having a weekly cook-off now, and would love to have your participation! Fun prizes, too! Have a look at the details here - yum!
Comment by Christine on July 5, 2011 at 1:08pm
Ooh thanks for the info! I've been totally MIA here but I'm back and better than ever :) Haha.
Comment by EJ Rosenblum on July 14, 2011 at 10:28pm
Thank you for this recipe!  I have NEVER eaten beets because I have never liked them.  My son showed me this recipe and I decided to try it since I got beets in my CSA basket.  These burgers were fantastic!!  I was disappointed I didn't get more beets this week.  Again thank you.
Comment by Christine on July 14, 2011 at 11:09pm

Isn't it a great recipe?! I swear, it's the perfect meal to convert beet-skeptics over. I was just telling a friend tonight that he has to give beets another chance and that I'd make him these veggie burgers.


Another sneaky beet recipe... chocolate cupcakes with beet puree :) You don't even taste them AT ALL. I adapted a recipe I found online... it's posted here, along with the original sources: http://unspeakablevisions.blogspot.com/2011/07/choco-beet-cupcakes.....


Glad you liked them & thanks for stopping by and saying so :)

Comment by EJ Rosenblum on July 15, 2011 at 8:10pm
Christine, my husband and I liked them so much, that because they didn't come in my basket this week, we went to the farmers market and bought a big bunch today.  Again thank you.


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