adapted from the reinvented recipe of the Northstar Cafe burger on The Kitchn
*makes 6 burgers
1/2 cup of brown rice
1 onion, diced small
2 large beets (about 1 pound), diced finely
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
1 can of organic black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of parsley, minced
1 teaspoon of coriander, ground finely
1/2 teaspoon of thyme
2 tablespoons of flour
salt and pepper, to taste
whole-wheat hamburger buns
cheddar cheese slices
1 tomato, thinly sliced
pickled red onion
1. Bring a large amount of water to a boil in a small pot. Add a few pinches of salt and brown rice and reduce to a simmer. Let the rice cook, stirring every once in a while, for about 40 minutes (until slightly over-cooked, but still holding its shape). Drain and set aside.
2. Heat a few teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring, for about 5-8 minutes (until onions are softened).
3. Stir in the diced beets, until well-mixed with the onions. Cover the skillet and cook until the beets are completely tender (about 30-40 minutes). Stir occassionally to keep the beets from sticking to the bottom of the skillet. Once the beets are fork-tender, add the garlic, cooking for about 1 minute. Add the cider vinegar to deglaze the pan. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
4. Pour the beans into a large bowl and mash slightly with a fork. Add in the rice, beet mixture, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, parsley, spices, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine and taste. Add additional seasoning to your liking. Stir in the flour and mix well. Shape the mixture into 6 individual patties.
5. Place the hamburger buns in the oven to get toasty and remove once they’re to your liking.
6. Meanwhile, make the burgers. Oil a cast-iron skillet or stovetop grill pan and heat over high.
7. Place the patties on the skillet, cooking for about 2-3 minutes (make sure to allow both sides to develop a bit of a crust). Carefully flip to the other side. If the burgers start to fall apart, just mold them back together using your spatula. Place 1-2 slices of cheese (if using) on top of each patty.
8. Place patties on top of toasted buns. Top with tomato slices, lettuce, pickled onions (if using). Serve with ketchup and mustard.