Bring on the burgers! These Beet Lentil & Quinoa Burgers are big, hearty & flavourful. A splodge of creamy horseradish sauce complements the earthy beets perfectly & provides a veggie burger taste sensation!
It's been a while since I published a veggie burger recipe. To be perfectly honest I have loved my Zesty Black Bean Burgers so much that anytime I have felt like a burger I have made them rather than create something new. They are awesome and are one of the most popular recipes on my site so I have been a bit wary of putting a rival out there in case it didn't quite measure up. The time has come for change though and so I bring you my Beet Lentil & Quinoa Burgers with Creamy Horseradish Sauce. And just for the record, I think they are up there with the Zesty Black Bean Burgers!
These veggie burgers are big and hearty. They are also pretty attractive with their wonderful beet red/purple hues. They are fabulous on their own, but when anointed with my creamy horseradish sauce they are totally and utterly delicious. The rich, earthy tones of the beetroot and the faintest hint of fennel compliment the mildly pungent horseradish perfectly.
As well as tasting pretty dang good, these Beet Lentil & Quinoa Burgers pack a powerful nutritional punch. Beetroot is packed with vitamins and minerals and is known to stimulate the liver's detoxification process. Horseradish too has antioxidant and detoxifying properties with good amounts of vitamin C and lentils and quinoa are full of protein and other important nutrients. What a powerful bunch of ingredients! Burgers have the stereotype of being pretty unhealthy, probably because most are full of meat, fat and cheese. With my Beet Lentil & Quinoa Burgers you can have your
cake burger and eat it. Guilt free.
If you give these Beet Lentil & Quinoa Burgers a try please let me know what you think! Leave a comment below, or tag a picture #avirtualvegan on Instagram. I so love seeing your photos. It makes my day!
If you have leftover horseradish sauce to use up then make my Dilly Smashed Baby Potatoes. They come with a horseradish dipping sauce and are out of this world good. In fact, they would make an awesome accompaniment to these burgers!
Beet Lentil & Quinoa Burgers with Creamy Horseradish Sauce
For the burgers
- 175g | 1 packed cup grated beetroot (I used a food processor to grate mine)
- 200g | 1 cup cooked green lentils
- 125g | 1 cup breadcrumbs (use gluten free breadcrumbs if necessary)
- 185g | 1 cup quinoa , cooked
- 1 small onion grated (I used a food processor to grate mine)
- 2 cloves garlic , grated or chopped very finely, (you can sub this for 1 tablespoon of garlic salt)
- 4 tablespoons | 1/4 cup cashew butter (almond would probably work too)
- 2 teaspoons ground fennel
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 1.5 teaspoons pepper
For the burgers
- Add the lentils, beetroot & onion to a food processor and pulse together. You want it all in small pieces not a puree.
- Tip out into a large bowl.
- Add all of the other burger ingredients and mix very well. I find my hands the best tool for this if you don't mind stained fingers! You need to make sure everything is mixed really well and that the nut butter is distributed evenly and not in clumps.
- Take out tennis ball sized lumps of mixture and squeeze and press together really well in your hands making ball shapes.
- Place on a baking sheet and press down the tops with the palm of your hand to flatten into burger shapes. I made mine about 1 inch thick but you can make yours the thickness you prefer.
- Put the tray in the fridge for at least half an hour. Anything up to overnight is fine.
- Heat a fry pan over a medium heat. You an use some oil if you like but if you have a non stick pan you don't need to.
- Cook each burger until a golden crust forms then flip and cook again until a crust forms on the other side. If your burgers are quite thin then cook them for 5 - 6 minutes in the pan. If they are thicker like mine, once you have a nice crust on each side put them on a tray and finish them off in the oven on 350°F for 20 - 25 minutes. Because of the thickness it its hard to cook them all the way through in the fry pan.
- If you prefer you can omit the fry pan step and just bake them in the oven for 30 mins but they really are better if you get that nice crust to develop first.
For the sauce
- Soak the cashew nuts in boiling water for 20 mins.
- Drain then put in a food processor or blender with the other ingredients and blitz until very smooth.