Once upon a time, I made a burger out of beets and beans. I ate it and loved it, and then I even convinced a hesitant friend to try it and like it too. I took some photographs, uploaded them onto my computer, and had every intention of writing a spectacular blog post with detailed instructions on how to make such a beautiful and delicious thing. It never happened. Now, over a year later, I have remade and reinvented the previously unpublished (and upgraded my photography equipment,) and I am thrilled to give you now: The Beet and Black Bean Burger with Rosemary Carrot Chutney.
The carrot chutney was a total accident. I wanted to make carrot ketchup, but I don’t have a food processor or blender at the moment. I convinced myself that if I cooked the carrots long enough, I could somehow mash them to smooth ketchup consistency. That didn’t happen, so carrot chutney was born.
I started the burgers by sautéing onions and garlic, then adding shredded beets, black beans, oats and a chia egg. Mash everything together really well (use those muscles!) and form the patties. If you are lucky and currently have a food processor, I would recommend using that to make life a little easier!
They held together SO WELL and I seasoned with a lot of cumin, black pepper, and a healthy pinch of salt. I oiled my baking sheet with coconut oil before placing the patties down. After refrigerating, I baked at 375°F for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
I basically poached orange and yellow carrots in the juices of leftover watermelon salsa I had made the day before. It had red onions, lime juice, watermelon chunks, a few pieces of serrrano pepper, salt and black pepper. I added fresh rosemary and apple cider vinegar and cooked everything together until the carrots were very soft and mashable and the sweet watermelon juice reduced.
The watermelon and carrot were perfectly sweet and balanced by the rosemary and tiny hint of heat from the serrano. This was totally experimental and it turned out awesome! It was the perfect combination of sweet, tangy and spicy to pair with the earthy sweet beets.
Carrots and beets pair so well together and make a stunning dish! It’s a great way to give everyday ingredients a fun twist. I was so happy with this recipe and I hope you give it a try. What’s your favorite way to use beets?