These easy Vegan Beet Burgers with Brown Rice and Chickpeas are sweet, earthy and flavorful! They’re great as a weeknight dinner with fries, but also perfect for a summer BBQ.
*This post was originally published on 8/24/14. It has now been updated and republished with new photos and text. Beet burger recipe is still the same, just not served with tahini sauce or crispy kale.
Summer isn’t officially here yet, but we have been having perfect whether lately and it’s time to start planning those BBQ’s and outdoor parties. These Vegan Beet Burgers are healthy, flavorful so colorful!
I like to roast my beets for these beet burgers because it adds so much more flavor, than just regular raw beets.
Vegan Beet Burger Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions
- Beets – I recommend using fresh beets for this recipe. I have tried it using packaged, cooked beets and their texture just didn’t work very well and added a lot more moisture than needed to this beet burger recipe. I’ve seen other beet burgers made with raw beets, but for this recipe I like to use roasted ones because I feel that it adds more flavor, while also adding a nice texture to the burgers.
- Chickpeas – I just use one can of cooked chickpeas that I’ve rinsed and rained. If you don’t have chickpeas, white beans could be substituted.
- Brown Rice – I like to use brown rice for these burgers because they really help hold the burgers together and add some bulk. I have not tried the recipe using white rice, or another grain like quinoa, but I imagine they would both work pretty well.
- Fresh Herbs – I added fresh thyme and fresh parsley to these beet burgers. Thyme goes really well with the earthy flavor beets have and parsley is an affordable herb that adds freshness. You could also add some fresh, or dried, rosemary if you like.
- Balsamic Vinegar – Balsamic vinegar and beets go together so well! Balsamic adds some acid, while it also compliments the sweetness in the betters. I just add one tablespoon but it really helps make these vegan beet burgers amazing!
- Garlic – I love garlic, so I added about 3 cloves. You can use however much garlic as you prefer. Garlic powder can also be used in place of fresh garlic if desired. I would use about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon granulated garlic.
- Salt and Pepper – I season both the roasted beets and the beet burger with salt and pepper. I do offer measurements, but you are welcome to season to taste.
- Olive Oil – I used olive oil to roast the beets and to cook the beet burgers in. You can use whatever oil you usually use.
- Hamburger Buns – Use whatever kind of hamburger buns you prefer, bread would work too. You could also go bunless and make a veggie burger bowl with these if doing low carb.
- Burger Toppings – You can use any toppings you like for these beet burgers, a few that I recommend are: lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard, tahini sauce, goat cheese, etc…
How To Make Easy Vegan Beet Burgers with Brown Rice and Chickpeas
- Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Wash, peel and dice your beets into bite sized pieces. Add diced beets to a large sheetpan and drizzle with a little bit if olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast beets for about 40-45 minutes, until they are cooked through and fork tender. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
- To a food processor, add the chickpeas, brown rice, thyme, parsley, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pulse a couple of times, just to start breaking up the ingredients. Then, add the roasted beets and lightly pulse until burger mixture has come together but you can still a couple chunks of the rice. You don’t want it to be a complete puree.
- Form the mixture into patties, you will get about 6 burgers, depending on how big you make them. You can either cook your burgers right away, or place them in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, if you want a firmer burger. I usually just cook them right away and don’t mind the texture at all.
- To cook beet burgers, place a large pan over medium heat and coat the bottom with olive oil. Once the pan is hot, add the beet burgers and cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side. They may look burnt, but it’s just because the beets turn that color when heated up in a skillet, they shouldn’t taste burnt at all!
- Assemble your burgers on a bun with all your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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