Last weekend I went to my friend’s farm, that is located in the north of Portugal. The region is situated in the mountains and most of the people there spend their time working in agriculture. Before I went home, my friend’s mum gave me a beetroot, that I had admired before. It was huge, odd shaped and in my opinion made the perfect base for homemade burger patties.
A lot of people don’t like beetroots, since they taste earthy. I figured, the best way to improve and underline this flavor is a combination with apples or pears. I decided to use pears, since they have a quite sweet and rich taste.
I also used organic whole grain rice. You can use white rice or basmati as well, if you don’t have anything else at home!
The preparation of the patties is quite simple. Peel the beetroot and grate it into fine pieces. Do the same with the pear. Mix beetroot and pear with the other ingredients and blend everything together. The dough is supposed to be quite sticky. If it is too liquid, add a small amount of flour. In my case I used manioc flour, since I had it at home. Wheat flour or chickpea flour does the job as well! Shape the beetroot patties with your hands and fry them with a small amount of oil. I enjoyed mine with fresh malt bread, spinach, some leftover beetroot leafs and one pear, that I sliced up!
I am Julia, vegan by heart, traveler and minimalist based in beautiful Portugal. I love simple but delicious food, ashtanga, skating, surfing and having a nice conversation over snacks and a glass of wine. I am blogging about vegan food, my minimalist journey, life hacks and my experiences as a traveler.