Indian-Spiced Beet Veggie Burgers with Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce are incredibly nutritious veggie burgers and are loaded with flavor. Top these tasty veggie burgers with avocado and sprouts for a delicious meal.
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:
Add cooked rice, spices, garlic, and turn your food processor on.
You’ll need to stop your food processor and stir every once in a while.
Keep going until the beet and rice looks like…well…ground beef. This will take multiple rounds of starting, stopping, and stirring.
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!
The yogurt dill sauce, though, people. So good and simple! The burgers don’t necessarily need 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!
Indian-Spiced Beet Burgers with Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce
Indian-spiced beet burger with brown rice is a delicious vegetarian burger pattie
Indian-Spiced Beet Burgers:
- 1 large red beet, peeled and shredded (3 cups)
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon dill
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
- 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup coconut oil for cooking
Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce:
- 1 1/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp dried dill
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
- Butter Lettuce
- 1 large avocado, sliced
- Combine all ingredients for the lemon-dill yogurt sauce in a small bowl. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to use.
- 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.
- 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).
- Add enough oil to a cast iron skillet to generously coat the surface and heat to medium.
- 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.
- Serve beet burgers on lettuce of choice with lemon-dill yogurt sauce, thick slices of avocado, and sprouts.
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1 Burger
Amount Per Serving Calories 204Total Fat 14gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 5g
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Sunday 17th of October 2021
Has anyone tried to put these on a grill? I would love to make them alongside beef burgers as a vegetarian option
Monday 18th of October 2021
I haven't tried it myself. In my experience, these burgers break apart fairly easily so I'd be concerned they would crumble through the grate. Perhaps if you're very careful, it may work, but I honestly wouldn't try it myself. Hope you enjoy the beet burgers! xoxo
Saturday 11th of January 2020
These didn’t come out right for me...the burger was more like a pancake because the mixture didn’t stick together. Can you clarify the ratio of beets to brown rice? I’m a little confused by the recipe / ingredient list
Sunday 12th of January 2020
Hi Shannon! I'm so sorry to hear that! It should be 3 cups of shredded beet and 2 cups of cooked brown rice. Let me know if you have any other questions xo.
Monday 1st of February 2016
How well do these freeze ( cooked or uncooked)
Wednesday 3rd of February 2016
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!
Thursday 8th of October 2015
Sounds fantastic. Something new to try. Thanks.
Saturday 4th of July 2015
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!