Louisa Shafia's Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers

June 19, 2013

This week, Louisa Shafia is serving as a Guest Editor at Food52. She'll be choosing a Wildcard winner, answering your questions on the Hotline, and sharing recipes from her new book, The New Persian Kitchen -- because your kitchen deserves a taste of the exotic every once in a while.

These scarlet burgers can be served on top of grains or salad, eaten like latkes or falafel, or tucked into a bun. My favorite way to eat them is topped with yogurt, a fragrant mound of dill, and a simple chopped tomato and cucumber relish -- perfect for summer.

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The burger mixture can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator.

Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers

Makes 8 burgers

1 yellow onion
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil, plus extra for searing
1 cup peeled and grated beets (approximately 1 small beet)
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1/2 cup cooked green lentils, rinsed and drained
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups cooked short-grain brown rice or white sushi rice, at room temperature
1 egg

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Sara Remington for The New Persian Kitchen by Louisa Shafia 

Want tips from Louisa on where to find Persian ingredients or how to achieve the perfect balance of sweet and sour? She'll be answering questions on our Hotline today, Wednesday, June 19, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST. Mark your calendars, and join the conversation!

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My cookbook The New Persian Kitchen is a winner of Food52's Piglet award. I love cooking Iranian rice and hearing people crunch on the crispy tahdig from the bottom of the pot. I'm passionate about sharing the ingredients and techniques for making Persian food in my writing, cooking classes, and online store, Feast By Louisa where you can find my Persian Spice Set, Tahdig Kit, and other goodies.


Big F. July 2, 2013
These look wonderful! I love fun takes on burgers, and beets are always a favorite!
MathildaCooks June 19, 2013
I made these and they were easy and delicious. Although a bit of a mind trip as the raw "burger" looks like it is made of ground beef. I might add an additional egg next time and they did fall apart a bit, but overall delicious. We ate them without a bun, with a cucumber yogurt sauce and quick pickled watermelon radishes.
mmggrr June 19, 2013
Looks delicious...but lets just call it a sandwich...NOT a burger. :-)