Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Black Bean and Beet Burgers

4 WWPP Posted by 2 years ago 3 Comments

Last week I bought a few fresh beets just ’cause.

I like reacting to what’s in season and on sale at the grocery store because it forces me to think outside the box a bit. And that’s exactly what happened with these beets.

I was trying to figure out a fun lunch when I spied them in the produce drawer. I didn’t want to roast them so the first thing that popped into my head was the mandoline. Maybe a fun salad with thinly sliced beets and feta?

Off to my trusty old friend Google image search. I typed in raw beet salad and noticed that most were made with grated beets.


I started to grate my beet but the result just didn’t inspire in salad form. That’s when the burger idea hit me.

Back to Google to search raw beet burger and voila!

Apparently I’m not as insane as I thought. Other people have done this!

Black Bean and Beet BurgersI glanced at a few recipes but most seemed really complicated and had a lot of ingredients. So I went with my gut and just started adding things to the bowl.

The result was a super fun, beautiful burger! It was soft and still had that raw beet texture. The cumin I added totally complemented the sweetness and the black beans gave it some body. I ate one on a bun and one just with a fork.

Super fun and light and loaded with color. I will totally make these again!

Here’s what I did…

  • 1 large beet, grated (250g)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (40g)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

Put the beets and beans in a large bowl.

beans and beets

Using a potato masher (or your hands) smoosh the beans a bit.

Beets and smooshed beans

Add the egg, oats, salt, cumin and combine well.

Beet and bean burger "meat"

(I used my hands for this. It’s not that bad. Just wash them immediately afterward.)

Form into 4 patties and pan fry them in a little olive oil or spray, around 4 minutes a side.

Beet and bean burger cooking

I served mine — well, served to myself because there was no way this guy was going to try it …

The Husband

— on a Flatout Fold It, on a bed of tomato and arugula. Then I topped it with a bit of feta and fresh cilantro. It was perfect!

Dressed Black Bean and Beet Burger

And really fun!

Close up of the Black Bean and Beet Burger

The best part? Each beet and bean burger patty is loaded with fiber and protein making it filling and light. Best combination ever.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
7 1 150g patty — no fixins
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
180 3g 9g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 1g 30g 10g

See other recipes using: beets, black beans, cumin, oatmeal

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    March 21, 2015

    I will try these this summer when I can get fresh beets at the Farmer's Market. I don't like the ones that are waxed. Thank for the idea. Peace and Joy,


    March 24, 2015

    I never cared for beets, but these look so different. Can you describe the flavor? Is it sweet? When mixed with beans, do you mostly taste the beans? I love beans & I need fiber so I may just have to try it.


      March 25, 2015

      Sweet for sure but beet sweet not honey sweet, if that makes sense. The cumin really counters it too in a really a good way. Since the beets are raw there's a bit of that raw crunch texture, almost like a shaved carrot or turnip. It gives the burger some body where the black beans are more creamy. Does that help?