Recipe: Meatless Beet Burgers

Beets make these burgers look like beef
Beet burgers

Using beets in these meatless burgers gives them a red-meat look without the beef. They also have a chewy texture due to the quinoa, oats and chopped nuts. You can serve on a whole grain bun with a thick tomato slice and a side dish of fruit salad topped with yogurt.

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1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
¼ cup chopped onions (fresh or frozen)
½ teaspoon salt
4 ounces roasted beets (fresh, packaged, or canned), chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 eggs
1/3 cup old fashioned or quick cooking oats
½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
Non-stick cooking spray or oil spritz


  1. Place quinoa in a fine mesh sieve and rinse. Drain. In a small saucepan with lid, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add quinoa, onions and salt. Lower heat to simmer and cover. Cook 10-12 minutes. Drain off the water.
  2. Place beets and carrots in a food processer and pulse for 2 minutes to combine. Add the eggs, oats and walnuts just until well mixed.
  3. Place the mixture in a large bowl. Stir in the cooked quinoa. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4. Form each serving into a burger patty shape.
  5. Heat a non-stick pan. Spray with non-stick cooking oil or spritz with oil. Pan fry burgers about 5 minutes on each side to heat thoroughly.

Nutrition information

Makes 4 servings.
Each serving is one patty that contains:

Calories: 230
Total fat: 13g
Saturated fat: 2g
Trans fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 95mg
Sodium: 360mg
Total Carbohydrate: 21g
Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 9g

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Recipe courtesy of Digestive Disease Health Team Dietitians

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