Healthy beetroot and bean vegie burgers

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Healthy beetroot and bean vegie burgers

Published August 2023 | 2 min read
Words by Danielle Brown

These healthy and tasty vegie burgers are packed with protein to keep you fuller for longer. Ready in less than 30 minutes, they’re perfect for dinner or a barbecue lunch.

These are going to be one of the most delicious homemade vegie burgers you’ve ever had. Made with a base of quinoa, beans and beetroot, the vitamin-rich ingredients are amazing for your skin, your hair and your overall health. They’re smoky, hearty, savoury, filling and take less than 30 minutes to make.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cool time:
15 minutes


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 small cans precooked beetroots
  • ⅓ cup BBQ sauce
  • Burger buns


  1. Sauté the onions in a pan on medium heat with olive oil until translucent. Remove from the heat.
  2. In a food processor, add the pecans, smoked paprika, chilli powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and blend until combined.
  3. Pour the onions, cooked quinoa, breadcrumbs and pecan mixture into a large bowl.
  4. Add the black beans and beetroot into the food processor, and blend to combine. Don’t overblend, as there should still be a little bit of texture present.
  5. Pour the bean mixture into the bowl as well, along with the BBQ sauce. Mix until well combined.
  6. Form into patties, it should make about seven.
  7. Panfry patties on medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side or grill them.
  8. Serve on a bun with your favourite burger toppings.

This is an edited extract from Healthy Girl Kitchen by Danielle Brown, published by Penguin Random House, photography by Ari Brown.

Eat for a healthy heart

What you eat plays a big role in keeping your heart healthy. A low-saturated fat, high-fibre, high plant food diet can reduce your risk for developing heart disease and your diet is a risk factor within your control. Some of the best foods include beans, lentils, peas and legumes, which reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure, according to a review published in Advances in Nutrition

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