The Smoked Beet Burger Even Carnivores Will Love

Oh, the humble beet. This rustic root vegetable is surprisingly versatile, with an earthy taste and rich hue perfect for everything from whipping up vibrant natural food dyes to making flavorful soups. And, with a touch of fragrant smoke and a little time on the barbecue, they make a mean burger.

What happens when you combine beets, black beans, a mouthwatering medley of spices and herbs, and a few other special touches? You get a hearty, protein-packed, savory beet burger that's as decadent as it is good for you. Here's how to achieve this meatless marvel:

Smoked Beet Burger Recipe

Servings: 4


¼ cup uncooked brown rice
¾ cup water
1 Tbsp. butter
½ medium onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, whole
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. ancho chili powder
1 large beet, scrubbed and quartered
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
1 cup canned black beans
1 egg
½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 brioche buns + hickory smoked salt


Stainless steel smoker box (included in our kit)
Cherry Wood Chips (included in our kit)


Hot tip: Measure and set aside all ingredients beforehand so you can assemble the patties quickly while the grill warms up.

Begin by firing up the grill and filling a smoker box with cherry wood chips. It's recommended you keep your chips dry, as soaking them leads to water vapors that prolong the preheating time. The goal is smoke, not steam! If you're working with a:

Gas Grill

Check your propane levels to make sure you have enough for your desired smoke time (about one hour). Place your smoker box on the grill grate directly above the burner. Turn the burner on HIGH (400-500˚ F) and close the lid.

Charcoal Grill

Remove the grill grate. Stack the charcoal in a pyramid and ignite. When the charcoal is ashed over, bank the coals against one side of the grill. Place your smoker box directly on the coals or a low grill grate. Close the lid and adjust the top vent to be 1/4 open.

Allow wood chips to burn for around 30 minutes. During this time, make your patties:

1. In a small saucepan, bring rice and water to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.

2. Melt butter in a medium pan and add onion, garlic, cumin seeds, and chili powder. Cook on low heat until the onions are softened and the spices are toasted (about three minutes.)

sautéed onions, garlic, and cumin seed for beet burger patties

3. Add the raw beet to a food processor and pulse until it resembles rice. Add the onion/spice mixture from step two, along with parsley, black beans, and cooked rice. Continue pulsing until the mixture is well combined and scrape into a large bowl.

making beet burger patties in a food processor

‌4. Stir in egg, breadcrumbs, and kosher salt. Form into four equal-sized patties.

beet burger mix being formed into patties

‌5. Smoke on the grill for one hour.

smoking beet burger on the grill with a smoker box

‌6. Serve on a buttered bun sprinkled with hickory-smoked salt.

the best veggie burger: smoked beet burger

You can serve up your smoked burgers under a blanket of crisp lettuce and a generous dollop of your favorite condiment or yogurt. Present them alongside a simple salad or sweet potato fries, and try to act modest when everyone tells you it's the best veggie burger they've ever had.


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