Home Grown Café Divulges Veggie Burger Recipe

We're celebrating National Vegetarian Awareness Month with a series of recipes from local restaurants.



October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month, so over the next few weeks we're sharing some meat-free recipes we think you'll enjoy. An extra dose of veggies always does a body good! 

Beet and Carrot Veggie Burger

Courtesy of Home Grown Café in Newark.


  • 1 medium to large beet
  • 1 medium to large carrot
  • 1 cup button mushrooms
  • 1 avocado; meat scooped, pit discarded, puréed
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cooked, broken rice; cooked al dente
  • ⅛ cup dark chocolate powder
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • ¾ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely diced


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Shred beet and carrot with a hand grater or a food processor. Then squeeze out and discard excess liquid.

Roast the mushrooms in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, then chop in a food processor. Set aside.

Purée the hot, broken rice in a food processor with the chocolate powder until the mixture is smooth. Set aside.

Combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then mix in the beet/carrot mixture, mushrooms and rice/chocolate mixture. Let this set in the refrigerator for one hour. Later, form the mixture into 4–6 patties.

Next, lightly coat a sauté pan with oil and pan-roast the patties for six minutes per side on medium heat. (Alternatively, coat a baking sheet with oil and bake each patty in a 350-degree oven for eight minutes on each side.)

Enjoy on a roll, in a wrap or with greens, along with the toppings and/or sauces of your choosing.

(Tip: Burgers may be grilled for additional flavor after the above steps have been completed.)

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