Beet and Black Bean Veggie Burgers

My friend brought over some beets from his garden the other day, and to be honest, I had no idea what to do with them. I actually quite dislike beets on their own. They taste very much like… beets. Bleugh! I really like the veggie burgers from the Blue Plate Diner, and I know that they have beets in them (hence the scary raw ground beef colouring!), so I thought I’d try my hand at incorporating this gift into some tasty veggie burgers on my own.
Here are the bulk of my ingredients: Beets, red onions, and buckwheat groats from Gold Forest Grains.

First things first, I sauteed up some red onion (from the garden, no less!)

In go the diced beets (sorry for the dark photo!)

Once the beets were soft, add in some black beans and garlic.

Mix it all together with the cooked groats.

Then form tasty patties.

Make sure to brush the patties with oil before putting them on the grill. You don’t want these babies to stick!

Here they are once they are cooked!

I think this recipe is a keeper, don’t you?

Jacquie’s Super Awesome Beet and Black Bean Veggie Burgers

You will need:

1 cup organic buckwheat groats
1 onion, diced small
3 large red beets (about 1 pound), diced small
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (or about a cup and a half of cooked dry beans)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Bring groats and 2 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer until groats are cooked but still tender. Meanwhile, saute onion and beets together with some butter until the beets are tender. Add black bans and garlic and saute for about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to the groat pot. De-glaze pan with cider vinegar and add to groats.  Mix in breadcrumbs until the mixture is easy to handle. Let cool, then begin forming patties. Brush patties with oil before cooking on the grill. Grill until a soft char develops on both sides of the patties. Serve immediately. Freeze extra uncooked patties between wax paper in a plastic bag. Enjoy!

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