Throughout this process, I’ve wondered what recipes will stick. Which I’ll make again, which I’ll remember, which I’ll tweak, and which I probably toss out the window.
This one’s a sticker. It’s surprisingly filling, appears to be made of things that are good for a person, and tastes great. Plus, who doesn’t love recipes where there are three main steps: 1) mix everything together 2) shape it into patties 3) bake. This recipe made about 12, so I had quite a few days of leftovers.
It involves a bunch of sesame seeds and sunflower seeds.
Onions, cheese, brown rice, egg, parsley, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper.
Mix it all up.
Pattyshape it. Pretty sure that’s a word.
Bake it (yes, I greased the pan with butter).
I didn’t have buns, so I ate these plain with a fork. Also tried them with goat cheese on top, which was a good choice.
Baked Beet and Carrot Burgers
butter for greasing the baking sheet
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups peeled, grated beets (1–2 medium beets)
2 cups grated carrots (about 4 carrots)
1/2 cup minced onion (about 1 medium onion)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1/8–1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with butter.
Place a small, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame seeds and stir them on the dry skillet just until lightly browned and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes, watching closely to avoid burning them. Immediately remove from heat and transfer the toasted seeds to a dish to cool.
Return the skillet to the heat. Add the sunflower seeds and stir them on the dry skillet just until lightly browned and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes, watching closely to avoid burning them. Immediately transfer them to the dish with the sesame seeds.
Combine the beets, carrots, and onion in a large bowl. Stir in the toasted sunflower and sesame seeds, eggs, rice, Cheddar cheese, oil, flour, parsley, soy sauce or tamari, and garlic (your hands work best here). Add cayenne (use 1/4 teaspoon for spicier burgers) and mix until thoroughly combined.
Using your hands, shape the mixture into 12 patties and arrange them in rows on the baking sheet.
Bake the patties until brown around the edges, about 20 minutes. Unless they are very large and thick, it should not be necessary to turn them. Serve alone or on buns.
The original recipe can be found here.