My boyfriend regularly complains that we don’t eat red meat often enough. We eat poultry and fish regularly but we usually eat red meat less than once a week. To induce him to think he was eating a steak, I made these red beet burgers.
– 3 to 4 small beets (bought already pealed and cooked)
– 3 to 4 cups of red lentils that I cooked in the microwave in a glass container with water for 10 minutes. These lentils have a lovely salmon pink color when they’re dry, but they turn yellow and mushy when cooked.
– 1/2 cup to 1 cup of wheat germ
– Pepper, salt, chili, spices of your choice to taste. You can also add a garlic clove and some nuts.
Mix everything in a food processor. Pulse until everything is finely chopped. Pat the mixture firmly between your hands into patties.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the burgers a few at a time, being careful to leave enough room between them so you can flip them. These burger are best cooked over steady, low heat, because the beet sugars burn quite easily. Don’t move them once they’re in the pan because they’re somewhat delicate and this might cause them to fall apart.
Cook the burgers undisturbed for 5 to 10 minutes, then carefully flip, and cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer. They don’t need to cook for very long because the beets and the lentils are already cooked. They won’t get brown like beef burgers ; they’ll just stay vibrant red. Ideally the burgers should develop a nice caramelized crust on both side.
You can freeze individually wrapped uncooked patties you don’t use.
My boyfriend realized it wasn’t meat only after tasting them :)