Lentil and Beetroot Burgers – A.K.A ‘Beetburgers’ with a Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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I love burgers. Veggie, of course. I love how they can be so filling and hearty yet be full of such goodness. When I’m trying to shift some pounds, I know a good homemade burger is a good choice to ensure I don’t feel deprived as they pack comfort, flavour and are incredibly filling for surprisingly few calories. These burgers come in at just 118 calories each for 6, or 175 for 4 chunkier burgers.

The creamy sauce here gets its richness from roasted red peppers and good olive oil and its creaminess from bread. It’s a great alternative to cholesterol laden mayonnaise with just 124 calories per serving and no cholesterol.

Both of these recipes come together in a flash using a food processor. They are incredibly quick and easy.

For the burgers, serves 4-6. Adjust seasonings and spices to your liking.

  • 1 cup of cooked bulgur wheat
  • 1 cup of cooked lentils (I use brown or puy, original uses red)
  • 3 medium beetroots grated
  • ¼ cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1 finely diced onion
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • dried chilli flakes to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground sumac
  • 15g fresh parsley or coriander
  1. Simply whizz all of the  ingredients together in a food processor until blended, taste and adjust seasonings. Put in a bowl and leave to sit in the fridge for an hour or more to firm up.
  2. Divide into 4 or 6 and make burger shapes. Fry in cooking spray for a few minutes on each side until golden. Serve with salad and pepper sauce.
Based on 6 burgers Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Per Serving: 118 31 3 10 126 6

IMG-20120908-00387Adapted from HerbiFit

For the Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, enough for 8.

  • 50g roasted red peppers in brine, from a jar
  • 60g white bread
  • 1 plump clove garlic
  • 100ml olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  1. Soak the bread in water, then wring it out. Add the soaked bread and drained peppers to a food processor followed by the garlic.
  2. With the motor running, gradually add the oil, pouring it in slowly through the feed tube. When the mixture is a thick cream, stir in the lemon juice.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.
Serves 8 Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Per serving 124 4 12 1 42 1

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51 Responses to Lentil and Beetroot Burgers – A.K.A ‘Beetburgers’ with a Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  1. Such an amazing colour! 🙂

  2. ohlidia says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks for your visit!

  3. I really like the color of this burger. I imagine it is delicious!

  4. That looks amazing!! I love the colour!

  5. beautycalyptique says:

    hey 😉 thanks for stopping by and the star.
    lead me here to discover your gorgeous recipes, so you’ve got yourself a new friend 🙂

  6. Chelsea Lynn says:

    These look delicious! I need to try it with juice pulp!

  7. These look gorgeous and delicious!

  8. Looks delicious. Do you think peanut butter would be too strong of a flavor in this recipe? Also, I wonder if I could substitute barley or rice for the bulgur wheat.

    • Poppy says:

      Hi, thanks for stopping by. I think peanut butter will work just fine, as will barley or rice or any grain really! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  9. Looks very nice. I’m a big fan of beets, burghul and lentils! Will definitely try recipe out. 🙂 you may like this Pearl Barley Beet Risotto http://yesanotherfoodblog.com/2012/11/13/beetroot-pearl-barley-risotto/

  10. These look great. I’m a big fan of beetroot in all it’s forms. I’ve never tried beet burgers though.

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  12. issa9160 says:

    The vibrant color alone makes me want to try these!

  13. queennzingha says:

    Love Beets!!!! Oh….I’m inspired again!!! A couple of months ago I was part of a “Beet Challenge” to make Beets 5 different ways! I’ll be posting that shortly so be on the lookout!!

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  16. Reblogged this on Honk If You're Vegan and commented:
    Yesterday I reviewed the cookbook, Color Me Vegan. Although I loved it overall, I was disappointed that many of the recipes used extracted oil which I rarely use anymore. If you’re curious why, check out this link: http://engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/the-big-oil-post-plus-a-giveaway/.

    In my review, I mentioned that that I was let down because I wanted to try the Beet Burger recipe, but opted not to because it used ¼ cup of oil. In a comment on the post, however; Poppy shared a link to her oil-free Lentil and Beetroot Burger recipe.

    I checked out the link, and the burgers looked absolutely delicious! And since they’re also the prettiest burgers I’ve ever seen I wanted to share the recipe. I’m planning on making them tonight. Thanks Poppy!
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  17. bloomlisa says:

    Yummy! I have been trying beets annually hoping I would finally like them as I know they are so good for you…finally my taste buds decided to co-operate about 2 years ago!! This looks amazing and I am going to try these this weekend!! Thank you so much:)

  18. Ally says:

    Stunning! Purple is my favourite colour 🙂

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  20. Linda says:

    Those burgers look absolutely FANTASTIC, Celeste! I just love beets, and the sauce looks phenomenal. 🙂

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  22. Looks & sounds awesome – Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  23. ellebakes says:

    yum i so want to try this!!

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  25. foodbod says:

    Reblogged this on foodbod and commented:
    How good do they look??? What a fabulous colour!

  26. So creative! Perfect for a new year celebration, Poppy.

  27. This looks so pretty and delicious!

  28. Looks fantastic!! Love the colors! 😉 Wish you a wonderful New Year!!

  29. afracooking says:

    Yum – these just look stunning – so vibrant! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

  30. The colour is so captivating – looks great! Thanks for visiting!

  31. milkandbun says:

    I imagine it’s delicious! What a wonderful colour! 🙂

  32. Anne dow says:

    Can you tell me if the beetroot is raw or cooked when you grate it.

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