Beet & Lentil Sliders

9 medium beets
2 Tablespoon (30 mL) canola oil, divided
1 onion, diced small
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoon (30 mL) apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups (625 mL) cooked green lentils, divided
2 cups (500 mL) cooked brown rice
1/2 cup (125 mL) whole prunes
3/4 cup (175 mL) panko bread crumbs
2 tsp (10 mL) Dijon mustard
1 1/2 Teaspoon (7 mL) smoked paprika
1 Teaspoon (5 mL) ground cumin
1 Teaspoon (5 mL) ground coriander
1/2 Teaspoon (2 mL) dried thyme
1 Teaspoon (5 mL) salt
1/4 Teaspoon (2 mL) pepper
3 Tablespoon (45 mL) canola oil, for frying


Preheat oven to 200˚. Wash and scrub beets. Pat dry and place in a shallow roasting pan with 1 Tablespoon of canola oil. Toss to coat. Cover with aluminum foil and roast for 50-60 minutes or until fork-tender. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Trim tops and bottoms off beets, then shred on a box grater.

Heat a medium frying pan over medium-high heat and add remaining 1 Tablespoon canola oil. Stir in onion and sauté for 5-6 minutes, until onions are browned. Stir in garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in apple cider vinegar and scrape up all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat.

In the bowl of a food processor, add shredded beets, 2 cups lentils, rice, and prunes. Pulse just until the mixture is the consistency of ground beef. Be sure to leave some chunky bits for texture.
Add lentil mixture to a large bowl and stir in cooked onions, bread crumbs, mustard, paprika, cumin, coriander, thyme, remaining 1/2 cup lentils, salt, and pepper. Mix all together so everything is well incorporated. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add 1 Tablespoon of canola oil. Scoop about 1/ 3 cup of burger mixture into your hand and press it into a patty about 3/ 4 inch thick. Add patties, about four or five at a time, to the pan and cook for 2 minutes per side, until they have a nice crust on the bottom. Cover and cook another 4 minutes until they are cooked through. Remove to a baking sheet, and keep warm in a 100˚C oven while you cook the remaining burgers.

Build your own sliders with mayo, mustard, ketchup, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

Recipe sourced from Canadian Lentils