A delicious vegan beet quinoa burger that’s crunchy on the outside and soft and rich on the inside. All topped with a lime, avocado and red onion dressing.
On a grilling side, this might be a little debatable, but I think veggie burgers are worthy competition to the traditional meat-packed versions that most of us are familiar with.
Veggie burgers can be difficult to make. I’ve had my fair share of meatless burgers that range from mushy to dry. With a lack of meaty juices running through them, they can be bland, tasteless, and bland if not made with the right ingredients and spices. Just uncomfortable.
A texture that’s just as appetizing as the flavors is also difficult to achieve, and I guess if it feels too much like a bunch of carrots and onions then it’s not much fun.
Even with all these challenges, why bother?
Well, because I have the perfect recipe that has a nice beet quinoa burger in the center and is wonderfully topped with spices and avocado.
The perfect veggie burger is all about experimentation, but I think I nailed it perfectly.
As you might have guessed, I’m a big fan of grilling and smoking, but with many plant-based recipes you sometimes have to get out of that box.
Veggie burgers in particular need a lot of care because they dry out very quickly and can therefore easily fall apart.
To avoid this, the key to these vegan burgers is to grill them in the oven.
This will ensure they cook more evenly while keeping them together and really letting the flavors come through.
This gives it a chewy and delicious texture that more than matches any traditional beef patty. So, it’s a bit healthier.
And then it’s all topped off with a topping of avocado, lime, and red onion for a little zing. Perfect.
You must first cook the beets in the oven before placing them in a blender or food processor. When you mix them up, just pulse them a few times. With veggie burgers, texture is key, so pulsing the beets a few times helps us retain them. If you overdo the mixture, it will turn into a paste. It’s not what we want.
If you want to add a little extra flavor to your burgers, try lightly frying or grilling them after you’ve cooked them in the oven. This gives them a quicker hit of smoky or oily flavors, taking their overall flavor up a notch.
If you’re using a grill for this recipe, avoid using parchment paper . Despite what people may tell you, it has a low fire point and isn’t exactly safe for use on a grill. In the open is good!