Colorful and Flavorful Beet Burgers

Do you know what’s in your burger? Before I get to what’s in these Colorful Beet Burgers:

Let’s talk about what’s in the average school lunch burger (other than pink slime). Most burgers just have a few simple ingredients. Kids, however, are getting 26 ingredients in their school lunch burgers.


Even the scientists behind these burgers have a hard time explaining why they are putting thiamine mononitrate, disodium insinuate and pyridoxine hydrochloride in these burgers.

One of the reasons given is nutrition. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get my nutrition somewhere other than from a bright blue powder. But chances are, you might be eating these same ingredients in your burgers. Even the so called “healthy” frozen veggie burgers have many of these same ingredients in them. In a country where processed food is king, it can be hard to know what you’re eating, even when you think you are eating healthy!

The article I was reading talks about an organization that has started up in Fairfax County, Virginia called “Real Food for Kids“. They are advocating phasing out processed foods and serving foods prepared from scratch. Sounds like a great idea to me! The organization hasn’t reached that ultimate goal yet, but they have gotten their county to replace the 26 ingredient burgers being served with 100% beef burgers. One step at a time.

The best way to know what you’re eating is to make it yourself. I’d much rather have a homemade veggie burger than one from a freezer. I actually tried a frozen veggie burger once and thought it was disgusting. It might have just been the brand, but I think I’ll stick with cooking my own!

These Colorful Beet burgers are not only colorful and pretty, but very flavorful too! We enjoyed ours inside homemade brioche burger buns. One of the best parts about these burgers is that you make a big batch and freeze them – that way you can stop buying the nasty frozen ones from the grocery store :).

All you do is:

Start cooking some brown rice and in the meantime, peel and chop your beets and onions.

Cook your onions until they are soft and translucent. Add your beets and cook until they are tender. Then add your garlic and cook for a couple more minutes. Finally, deglaze the pan with cider vinegar.

While the beets and onions are cooking, you can be mashing your beans.

When the beets and rice are cooked, add them to the mashed beans and mix everything together.

Then add the lemon juice, olive oil, spices, salt, pepper and flour and stir together to form the burger mixture.

Now the fun part! Form burger patties with the mixture and throw them on a grill pan over medium high heat (or on a grill). Cook for about 3 minutes on each side. *Warning, your hands will turn pink!

Then freeze or enjoy!

Colorful Beet Burgers

Adapted from theKitchn

Makes 6-8 burgers


  • 1/2 cup of brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 small beets, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar (to deglaze)
  • 1 can white beans (we used Great Northern)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook your brown rice according to directions.
  2. In the meantime, peel and dice your onion and beets.
  3. Cook your onion over medium heat until it is soft and translucent.
  4. Then add the beets to the onions and cook, covered, until tender. For the last couple of minutes, add the garlic to the beet/onion mixture. When the beets are done, deglaze the pan with the cider vinegar.
  5. While the beets and onions are cooking, mash your beans in a large bowl.
  6. When rice and beets are done, add the rice, beets and onions to the bean mixture and stir to combine.
  7. Then add the lemon juice, olive oil, spices, salt, pepper and flour and stir to combine.
  8. Heat a grill pan (or grill) to medium high heat and form your patties.
  9. Cook the patties for about 3 minutes on each side and then serve and enjoy!


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3 Responses to Colorful and Flavorful Beet Burgers

  1. These burgers look amazing !! Love beets!
    It’s scary to think of what’s in our food..especially kids food!!!
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  2. Great recipe! I’ve actually never attempted to cook beets on my own because they look very intimidating. I mean, they DID make your hands bloody!
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