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Vegan Beet Burgers Recipe

This recipe from Chandra Gilbert has the most delicious meat-free patty ever and all the fixings, including chili mayo and truffle cashew cheese.

by Chandra Gilbert
Aug 5 2017, 7:00pm

Servings: 6
Prep time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour

3 small beets, peeled and shredded (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup dry black beans dry or 1 and 1/2 cups cooked
1 cup cooked rice
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup minced yellow onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups water, divided
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided, plus more for grilling

for the Truffle Cashew Cheese:
1 and 1/2 cups whole raw cashews (soaked overnight in water)
1 tablespoon white miso
1 tablespoon truffle oil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup beer
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

for the Chili Mayonnaise:
2 cups mayonnaise (vegan or regular)
2-3 tablespoons chili sauce (sriracha, Tabasco, chipotle)

for serving:
Truffle Cashew Cheese
Chili Mayonnaise
pickles, for serving
tomato, for serving


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the chopped beets on a lined baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes until tender. Remove and set aside. Combine the black beans with 2 cups water in a small pot on the stove. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours until beans are tender. You can do these steps the day before.

2. Heat one tsp oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add minced onion, mushrooms, beets and thyme and cook for about 20 minutes. Beets, onions and mushrooms should be softened.

3. When you have all of your ingredients prepped and ready, start making your burgers! Place pumpkin seeds in either a food processor or Vitamix and process until they become a flour. Then, add beets, rice, onions, mushrooms and process until combined. Add cooked beans and continue processing until everything has combined but still on the "chunky" side. Remove mixture from either food processor or blender and place in a large bowl.

4. Heat up the remaining tablespoon of oil over high heat. Divide mixture into six veggie burger patties and carefully cook each side for about 5 minutes, until golden and crispy. You can also grill your bread with garlic-infused olive oil and a little salt for some extra flavor.

5. For the Truffle Cashew Cheese, drain and rinse the soaked cashews. In a Vitamix (or regular blender) puree the cashews with the miso, truffle oil, onion powder, pepper, salt, and beer until very smooth. Add the melted coconut oil. Place in an airtight container and leave out at room temperature for 24 hours. Stir, and then chill overnight.

6. For the Chili Mayonnaise, add chili sauce to mayonnaise and stir.

7. Serve veggie burgers on whole wheat rolls with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and chili mayo sauce!

From How-To: Make Vegan Burgers with Chandra Gilbert of Gracias Madre

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