I never buy beef. I can’t stand cooking it on the stove (I will then be serving Charlie shoe leather) and right now our grill is out of service (it has been for WAY too long but they no longer make replacement parts for the model we have since we got the thing almost 7 years ago). Anyway, I do occasionally buy ground beef and make my main squeeze a meatloaf – he is the only one who eats it so I usually make him a mini loaf.
When I saw Meghann’s Black Bean & Beet burgers, I thought they would be a good option for a Charlie dinner. He happens to really like beets.
I made a couple changes:
I left out the onion (I did not have any onion on hand), I added a couple tablespoons of walnuts, a little dried cilantro and chili powder
After I processed all the ingredients I put the mixture in a bowl and let it chill for a little while. When I was ready to make his dinner, I formed the bean & beat mixture into four patties.
The color kind of looks like beef.
To get a nice crusty exterior, I sprayed the patties with olive oil before baking. When I gave them a flip, I sprayed the other side as well.
Charlie said that the burgers were good but then last night he ordered beef wellington when he went out for a business dinner with his colleagues. Maybe the beet burgers made him crave the real thing?? Well at least he got his meaty meal and it was at a pretty fancy place too. He should be the food blogger here, he gets to eat way more exciting food than I do. D and I just ate a Trader Joe’s frozen pizza which he did not like. This morning when he saw daddy he told him that I fed him pizza with radishes on it. It was spinach, not sure where he got radish from.
I’ve been with Charlie for almost 10 years now and I will give him credit – he eats whatever I feed him as long as it is not whole wheat pasta or brussels sprouts. He never complains that he does not get meat for dinner every night. He is pretty content with pasta or even a big salad. That’s why I’ve kept him around. That and he is also kind of nice to look at. Hey honey there are still 3 more patties in the fridge with your name on them. You know what you will be eating this weekend.