There was once a time when barbeque season was a vegetarian’s nightmare. While everyone else would be chowing down on ribs, burgers and hotdogs, the (often) sole vegetarian would be left with some limp salad, chips and dip and – if they were very lucky – a veggie kebab.
Vegetarian foods, such as the veggie burger, were the butt of many a meat-eater’s jokes, and there’s no doubt that they earned their reputation for being tasteless, dry and something best to be avoided.
Well, thanks to the increase in vegetarian and veganism, those days are becoming a thing of the past. While most barbeques are still very meat-centric, the choices out there for plant-based diets are not only wider but also way tastier!
Many major grocery stores now carry an awesome selection of meatless products, and demand for these types of foods is now so high that many manufacturers are really stepping up their game when it comes to providing great-tasting meatless meals. That being said, making your own food from scratch is always best, and with so many vegan foodies blogging and Instagramming, it’s now easier than ever to find amazing recipes that don’t require a trip to a specialty store to buy the ingredients!
One of the most popular vegan food bloggers is former MuchMusic VJ Lauren Toyota, who posts all her fabulous recipes on her website ‘Hot for Food,’ as well as contributing to several other sites and publications. You’ll find all kinds of delicious meat-free recipes on her site, including this fabulous Black Bean and Beet Burger.
Super-easy and quick to make, this juicy burger is just as good on its own as it is with all your favourite BBQ fixings. The recipe makes 6 patties, so make sure you spread a little vegan love to your meat-eating friends so they can see just how tasty going meatless can be!
Black Bean Beet Burger (courtesy Hot for Food)
2 cups cubed beets
1 ½ cups canned black beans (398ml can)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp onion powder
½ tsp each cumin powder, dried sage, paprika, chili powder, black pepper (or spices of your own choice!)
1 tsp salt
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 375˚F
- Rinse and drain beans and place in a food processor with remaining ingredients.
- Blend until it forms a smooth paste.
- Use approx. ½ cup of mixture to form each patty; place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 mins, flipping halfway through the cooking time, until crispy and golden.
After that, it’s totally up to you how you dress it. Serve while hot and bon appétit!
by Fiona Bramzell