Donal Skehan

Mega Beetroot Burgers

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Beetroot are easy enough to grow, and there is a huge selection of varieties to choose from like pale pinks, candy-striped and even golden yellow. These vegetarian burgers are a great way of showing them off. {Recipe from my cookbook FRESH!}

Makes 6 burgers
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 raw beetroot, peeled and grated
1 courgettes, grated
2 large carrot, grated
100g porridge oats
400g tin chickpeas, drained
3 tablespoons tahini paste
1 large free-range egg
4 spring onions finely sliced
3 tablespoons chopped coriander
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve
Wholeweat sourdough bus, split and toasted
Chickpea Hummus
Avocado slices
Shredded red cabbage

Heat about 1tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic for 4-5 mins or until softened. Add the grated vegetables and cool, stirring, for about 5 mins until wilted, then drain off any liquid.

Place the oats, chickpeas, tahini and egg yolks in a food processor and pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, stir through the grated vegetables and coriander, and season generously with salt and pepper.

Form the mixture into 6 burgers and chill for about 30 mins (or up to 24 hours). Heat the remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and cook the burgers, in batches if necessary, for about 2-3 mins each side until golden.

Serve the burgers in toasted sourdough buns with the hummus, avocado, beansprouts and red cabbage.

Fresh Cover Recipe from my cookbook FRESH

The book includes recipes for breakfasts and snacks as well as Food On The Run, Quick Cook Suppers, and Dessert & Sweet Treats, such as Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, Beetroot & Chickpea Burgers, Super Power Veggie Summer Rolls, Za’atar Quinoa Poached Eggs – big on flavour and packed full of goodness!

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