2 cups cooked chickpeas. If using canned, drain thoroughly.
1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, minced
12 roasted cashew nuts
6 cloves of garlic
Salt to taste
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
For Caramelized Onions:
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
Leafy greens like baby spinach, baby chard or baby kale. A mix of spring greens would be great here also.
For the buns, follow my Whole Wheat Burger Buns recipe but shape into 12 buns instead of 6. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 23 minutes.
Make the beet patties:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place a large piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet, spray with oil, place the beets inside in a single row, and fold the foil over to cover completely. Crimp the edges of the foil to seal.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 45 minutes to an hour, or until a knife inserted in the thickest part of the beet goes through cleanly and without resistance.
Remove the baking sheet and let it cool for 15 minutes, then open the foil and let the beets cool until they can be handled.
Peel the beets by rubbing the skins off, then slice into ¼-inch-thick slices.
Heat the olive oil in a wok or large saute pan.
Add the garlic, sage and salt. Add the beets and salt and saute for about five minutes.
Sprinkle on the lemon juice and set aside.
Make the chipotle cashew hummus:
Place the garlic pods in a small piece of aluminum foil sprayed with oil, roll up the foil into a ball, and roast with the beets for 30 minutes. Once they are cool enough to handle, discard the skins and reserve the gooey, roasted garlic.
Place the chickpeas, cashew nuts, roasted garlic, chipotle chili and salt in a food processor. Add enough water to make a smooth paste that's thick enough to smear on a burger bun. Blend into a really smooth paste. If you are using the extra virgin olive oil, pour it in through the feed tube as the hummus is blending.
Make the caramelized onions:
Heat the oil, add the caramelized onions and a pinch of salt. Saute for a minute, then add the ground black pepper and sugar.
Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the onions become golden brown and soft. Turn off heat and remove to a bowl.
To build your burger, cut a whole wheat burger bun in half, smear some hummus on the base of the bun, layer on some greens, then a beet patty, and finally some caramelized onions. Smear some more hummus on the top half of the bun before capping off your burger.
Dig in, and enjoy!
Recipe by Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes at http://holycowvegan.net/beet-burger/