Indian-Spiced Beet Veggie Burgers with Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce

Indian-Spiced Beet Burgers with Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce

This recipe for beet burgers was one of my first blog posts back when I was blogging as a hobby. They continue to be the only beet burger I have ever made because they’re just so dern good. Although I crave beef burgers more frequently than I crave beet burgers, I had a uuuge hankering for these the other day. So I changed up my original recipe just a tad and doubled it so that I could share it with friends.

There are so many things that are right with these burgers. They are spiced to perfection (but not spicy, mind you), have a nice crispy exterior with a soft interior, and they hold together real nice, just like a good veggie burger should. Made entirely of raw beets, rice, and spices, these burgers are gluten-free, egg-free, and are squeaky clean. To keep the burgers vegan, you can skip the lemon-dill yogurt sauce.

If you’ve never tried to make beet burgers, I surely recommend it! They do take a hot minute to prepare, and you do need a food processor for optimal results. Normally, I’d recommend using a high-powered blender to replace a food processor in many recipes, but I don’t think it’d work in this case. Just food for thought.

Here’s how it all works out:

You snag yourself a large beet (or two medium beets). Peel it, chop it, throw it into your food processor, and pulse until it looks like this:

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Add cooked rice, spices, garlic, and turn your food processor on.

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You’ll need to stop your food processor and stir every once in a while.

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Keep going until the beet and rice looks like…well…ground beef. This will take multiple rounds of starting, stopping, and stirring.

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Form veggie patties using palm-sized amounts of the burger mixture. Note that the mixture should hold together very well, so making patties should be a cinch. For best results, cook the patties in coconut oil (or high-temperature oil of choice) in a cast iron skillet. The result should be crispy, yet sqooshy, yet so burgerlicious you won’t know what hit you!

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The yogurt dill sauce, though, people. So good and simple!  The burgers don’t necessarily neeeed a sauce because they are plenty flavorful in their Indian-spiced splendor. But the sauce is a nice little perk if I do say so, myself. It kinda adds a zesty-cool element that makes you go, “mmhmm, mkay, I get it. I can dig.”

Let’s go bun-less by making a lettuce wrap using butter lettuce, green leaf lettuce, or collard greens. We can save the bun carbs for beer carbs, ya feel? Top the burgers with yogurt sauce, thick slices of avocado, and some fresh sprouts. Finger.licking.good.

Quit beet-ing around the bush and make these already! 

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Indian-Spiced Beet Burgers with Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce

Author: Julia
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Ingredients

Indian-Spiced Beet Burgers:

Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1-1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

For Serving:

  • Butter Lettuce
  • 1 large avocado sliced
  • Sprouts

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the lemon-dill yogurt sauce in a small bowl. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Wash, peel, and chop 1 large (or 2 medium) beet. Place in a food processor and pulse into small rice-sized pieces. Measure out 3 cups of grated beet and save the rest for other recipes.
  3. Add the rice, yellow curry powder, cumin, turmeric, dill, salt, and garlic. Turn your food processor on and process until thick and sticky (you will need to stop and stir the mixture several times).
  4. Add enough oil to a cast iron skillet to generously coat the surface and heat to medium.
  5. Form burger patties out of the beet/rice mixture and place on the hot cast iron skillet. Allow patties to cook 2 to 3 minutes (or until crispy). Carefully flip to the other side and allow them to cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Serve beet burgers on lettuce of choice with lemon-dill yogurt sauce, thick slices of avocado, and sprouts.

Interested in having a looksy at more veggie burgers? Check these out:

Berkeley Veggie Burger from Cooking Light

Southwest Veggie Burgers with Black Bean and Corn Salsa from The Roasted Root

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers from The Roasted Root

Avocado Bean Burgers from Hummusapien

Vegan Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers from Making Thyme for Health

Chickpea Mushroom Burgers with Mustard Green Pesto from Dishing Up the Dirt

Spicy Black Bean, Quinoa, and Sweet Potato Burgers from Eats Well With Others

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  1. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    I’ll admit beets were scary to me for a looong time (like those ones from the school cafeteria that were all gross and floating in water, nope!). But beet burgers have been my FAV veggie burger for a while now, yeah!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Oh yeah, canned beets and any sort of floaty-beet situation freaks me out, too. Just can’t do em. Hope you try these burgz, m’dear!

      Reply
  2. Mary

    I haven’t eaten meat in over 6 years yet I’ve never tried a beet or bean burger. I’ve never been inspired to try them, but this post changed that. I have a food processor and all the ingredients, so today for lunch beet burgers it is.

    Reply
  3. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    As a meat-a-saurus, I have to say that I really do love me a good veggie burger! This looks FAB. I mean, the color alone is just awesome and that lemony-dilly-yogurty sauce. Well, just give me a straw so I can drink it up! Slurp.

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  4. Katie (The Muffin Myth)

    Yeah! I love beet burgers! I especially love freaking people out by taking a big old mouthful of uncooked burger mix, which looks shockingly like raw beef. I’ve got my own version, but I’m gonna try these for a beet burger showdown!

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  5. Joanne

    I need to hop on this beet burger bandwagon with you! Indian spices are totally my jam…I feel like they make 99% of things in life better. Even beets, which are already pretty dang tasty.

    Reply
  6. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    All the flavors in these beet burger patties sound so delicious – not to mention the pretty pink hue! I love the contrast with the lemon dill sauce and sprouts too! Jaw on floor. Pinning to remember to make these!

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  7. Megan

    As a fellow beet lover this sounds absolutely amazing! I’m currently making a grocery list so I can come home and make these for dinna! Also your blog name is too cute!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Sarah, the patties will freeze just fine, both cooked and uncooked. To be sure the patties stay together once you pull them out of the freezer, I’d probably cook them first. Let me know if you try it out!

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