Nothing Beets a Burger

October 29th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time

I am a vegetarian. I do not miss meat. But I love still burgers.

Veggie burgers that is. I heart them.

It might be that veggie burgers are merely a vehicle for pickles, piles of lettuce and sliced tomato. Whatever the reason – veggie burgers rock my world.

On my 7 mile run today I tried to come up with something to make for dinner. I attempted to recall what was in my fridge – 3 miles from home – as I blew by the grocery store.

I am embarrassed to say that I totally flunked out of Dinner Planning 101. I might plan one meal in my head as I roam the produce section and recklessly throw jicama’s into my shopping cart.

(Spell check thinks that jicama is not a word and when I right click the red underlined “jicama’s” for spelling suggestions it is offering me “Jamaican’s”. Do I recklessly throw Jamaican’s into my shopping cart? I don’t think so. Get a clue spell check.)

So where was I? Oh yes… hmmm… what’s in the fridge? What’s in the fridge?

Ohhh looky looky it’s not a cookie!


Why does this picture make me think dirty thoughts? Maybe because I haven’t washed the beet yet? Probably.

OK a beet. Now what.

An email! This was buried deep in the recesses of my mind as well as the recesses of my inbox. My loving mother sent this along a month ago, shortly after I declared my new found love of beets.

An Email from my Mama

Roasted Beet-Tofu Burgers from Fat Free Vegan.

Susan’s recipe called for roasted beets. Me, Dinner Planning School Drop Out, didn’t have the patience to wait an hour for my beets to roast – so I steamed them instead.

Who wants to a watch a block of extra firm tofu do the tango with my steamed beets?

Do the Tango

I’m totally going to make this next year for an April Fools Day Party. Bring a dish to pass? Why sure! I’ve got a Raspberry Cream Pie recipe that you’ll just LOVE!

Not Raspberry Cream

Beets and Tofu? Check and check.

Nutritional yeast, chili powder, ground flax? Salt? Garlic?

Check x 5.

For whatever reason I forgot soy sauce, omitted the onion and added some cumin. I also added a couple of tablespoons of whole wheat flour because it seemed a little runny to me.

I plopped my purple piles on a pan and prayed they’d peel off.

Purple Piles

Baked at 350 for 30 minutes along side some sliced sweet potatoes.

Beet Burger

Totally different, but very edible! I’m not sure I’d add this to a future dinner plan (but I think I’ve already established that’s not likely to happen anytime soon…) but for dinner on a whim? I liked it!

The beet burger money shot. Shoot! I should have started this post with this picture and lead you to believe I was going to eat a raw beef burger for dinner!

Beet Burger Money Shot

Oh well. I guess I’ll save that joke for next year. On April 1st.

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20 Responses

  • Heather says:

    I am so glad you are officially a beet lover now :) You should try the beet balls! They are so awesome.

    Oh and I don’t know how new it is, but the pic of you and the girls from the main page? SO CUTE!

  • Your burger looks very rare. As in not done. Ohhh wait, that’s b/c it’s a beet burger. Silly me!

    Ok girl, you get Creative Cook of the Day award for that one. I dont love burgers, meated or meatless so I wont be making any but I love the April Fools idea. LOL

    Have fun at your donut hole party.

    And dirty beets. They do not put me in the mood at all. Now my vitamix tamper stick w/ banana softserve on it? Now we’re talking :)

  • Erin says:

    I was going to buy lame veggie burgers from Whole Foods tonight because I was tired and hungry and then I thought – “You know what, no. I’m not going to do that when I can try to make my own like Alison!” And lo, I returned the package to the shelf and came home to eat my tofu salad and plan to make veggie burgers this weekend with some really kick arse sprouted bread. Woo hoo granola lifestyle!!

  • Liz says:

    That burger does look like raw meat! Too funny. Interesting recipe though. I’ve actually only had beets once and for the life of me I can’t remember what they taste like. So I cannot picture (or taste) the taste of what that burger may taste like. Did that make any sense? Anyways, nice burger! Hehe :)

  • Mama Pea says:

    Okay, you know I can eat some weird things, right? Well your beet tofu puree made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Sorry. If I ever make these and Daddy asks where the hell I got the idea, I’m blaming it on “that weed blog.”

  • Burger looks yummy! I do not miss meat either, but I will take veggie burgers any day.

  • Erica says:

    Well it certainly looks like a real burger! How cool. I often think of meals/food while I’m running. I wonder what that says about us haha 😉

  • Cindy says:

    got it …April 1…Alison eats a meat looking not meat burger RARE


    I’m all up for pink food!

    did it taste Beet-E
    well, pickles and onions do help a myriad of things.


  • Lizzy says:

    you coulda totally fooled me with raw meet, cause it totally looks like it! This looks wonderful :)

  • Pink veggie burgers…I think I am in love! I wish I had a food processor :(

  • that looks like a halloween meal to me…bloody burger…

  • Julie says:

    those are interesting looking.

  • Whit says:

    ahahahaha I love you and your jokes.

  • Jennifer says:

    Hmmmmm…..I’m not sure what to say. I’ve only tried beets once and didn’t care for them. However, they were on a salad bar somewhere so maybe they were pickled or something. I’ll have to get up the nerve to try them again. :) My mom loves them so maybe I do, too, and just don’t know it yet. (haha)

  • Holly says:

    ummm it looks like raw beef. and i am not sure how i feel about that. luckily, i love me some beets so i would be willing to give these a shot mama. i feel as though if you pureed it real fine, it would also make an excellent april fools smoothie. just sayin…

  • Sam says:

    What are the odds. I made beet burgers yesterday night as well. Only diff I steamed them w/ spinach-potato-beans-carrot-garbanzo beans. Mashed them together and plopped them on the pan. turned out to be great. Love the idea of tofu-beet burger.

    Next time–add tofu. cant wait. Thanks for the idea.. :)

  • Mmmm.. psychedelic beet burgers. It actually looks more like fried smoothie, but meh, I’d eat it!

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