This is my attempt to mimic the Northstar Burger from Northstar Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. I've tried several variations, never quite capturing the magic of the Northstar, however what I did end up with is a great tasting, highly satisfying beet & bean burger. The smoky charred flavor comes from the cast iron pan, making this the perfect vegetarian burger.
Cook brown rice just beyond al dente (50 minutes). Drain & set aside.
While rice cooks, heat olive oil in a skillet, saute the onion until soft and transparent. Add the shredded beets. Cover & cook until beets are completely tender (~10-15 min). Add garlic & saute until fragrant (1-2 min). Add vinegar and deglaze the pan. Remove heat from pan.
Place beans in a large bowl and partially mash with a fork. Add the rice and beet mixture. Add lemon juice, spices & flour. Mix until dry flour incorporates. Add the beaten egg (be careful that the heat from the beets doesn't cook the egg...either temper the egg or allow the mixture to slightly cool before adding the egg).
Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet on high heat (cast iron will give the best flavor, but if you don't have one, use a non stick skillet). Using your hands, scoop about 3/4 to 1 cup of the mixture, shape into a 1/2" thick patty and place in skillet. It should immediately begin to sizzle, if not wait until it does before adding more patties to the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes then carefully flip. (It should be charred). It may fall apart slightly, just reshape using the spatula. If using cheese, add it now. Cook the other side another 3-4 minutes.
Prepare the buns with lettuce, tomato, pickle, cucumber...whatever you like. Honey mustard would probably go wonderfully.
Cast iron is the secret to the great flavor in this burger. I highly recommend using one. Also, as the burger cooks, make sure it is charred before flipping over. The crust that forms helps hold the burger together.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (200g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 130 (41%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 14.5g||19 %|
|Saturated Fat 6.4g||32 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 6.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.1g|
|Cholesterol 55.9mg||17 %|
|Sodium 210.9mg||7 %|
|Potassium 444.7mg||12 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 31.5g||9 %|
|Dietary Fiber 7.7g||31 %|
|Sugars, other 23.8g|
|Protein 15.6g||22 %|
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Calories per serving: 315
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