We here at the Institute for Gluttony are always endeavoring to develop foods that are satisfying to both men and women. Once is a while this means that red meat must be taken out of the equation… after all “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” However, this doesn’t mean that one has to sacrifice flavor and satisfaction when putting together a “veganish” food.
Now I’ve seen plenty of beet burger recipes out there on the good old Inter Wide Web that have you grind up or puree the beets and throw a bunch of nonsense into the mix to produce a burgerish looking concoction. But why go through all the trouble when you can have something better that is easier to make?
The following recipe asks that you only hack up some big old fat beets into thick slices, grill/smoke em, place em on your preferred bun of choice, top em with caramelized onions and a goat cheese apricot/honey spread. Insanely simple and gentlemen I’m telling you that you won’t miss having red meat in your burger. The texture of the beets are thick and juicy, while all the flavors meddle together to into a harmonious blend of burger happiness. Oh and ladies…you’ll like it too.
- Large beets (don’t go small here)
- Caramelized Onions (click here for recipe/how to)
- Slider or burger buns (we used seeded German rolls from a local bakery)
- Goat Cheese w/ Apricot & Honey (you can substitute pure goat cheese and/or mix in some honey with the cheese)
- Salt and pepper
- Olive Oil
- Mesquite or hickory woodchips (optional)
- Set up your grill for direct cooking, preheat to medium heat, and presoak your woodchips (if necessary)
- Get some large or extra large beets.
- Peel them so that they resemble the planet Mars or something like that.
- Thickly slice the beets.
- Dress each side of the beets generously with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Clean and lubricate your grill grates. Place the beet slices on the grill, add your woodchips to the coals, smokerbox, etc., close the lid and allow the heat and smoke to work handle their business.
- Cooking times will vary depending on your grill and temperature, but flip the beet slices when the downside has soften and is slightly chard.
- Gently poke the beet slices and remove from the grill when both sides are firm with a slight give.
- Remove your goat cheese from the refrigerator, allowing it to soften somewhat.
- If desired, slice and toast your buns or rolls.
- Construct you burger(s) with a beet slice(s), caramelized onions, and a thick smear goat cheese on one side of your toasted buns/rolls.
- Serve up with some fries or in this case sweet potato waffle fries and you’re good to go.
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