Spring burgers with beetroot and split-pea

Looking for a supercool, but quick, recipe? Blend the ingredients below and shape into burgers. Then grill away (or pan fry with a little olive oil). Fully kid-approved!


Ingredients (makes 6/8 burgers)

  • 2 large raw beets
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1/4 cup aquafaba (chickpea water, from canned chickpeas)
  • 2 cups split-pea flour
  • Herbs of choice
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (for garnishing)

Prep time

  • 15 minutes

Cooking time

  • 10 minutes

Total time (prepping + cooking)

  • 25 minutes


  • Peel raw beets under running water, then chop and place in a blender with an S blade.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend on high speed for 5 minutes, until a ball of “dough” forms.
  • Shape “dough” into burgers, sprinkle with sesame seeds then set on a baking sheet or plate in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  • Once chilled, grill the burgers about 5 minutes per side. Alternatively, you can also pan fry with a little EVOO.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge, once cooled off, for a maximum of 2 days.

Of special notice

  • Split-pea flour is one of the best sources of clean protein you could get your hands on. It has a distinct sweet smell, but it can be added to anything, since its taste does not affect the recipe you are following.
  • Chilling the “dough” before cooking it gives it a chance to firm up, as the dry and liquid ingredients soak each other up.
  • These burgers are awesome cold too, as well as served with a tbsp of avocado spread on burgers buns.


Michelle Calcatelli

Michelle Calcatelli

Hi there! My name is Michelle. I'm an American living in Italy, mom of two girls, a lover of travel, music and good food shared with loved ones. I am a freelance grant writer and a former agricultural development practitioner, having worked mostly in rural Africa for 18 years. I look forward to creating a space here - with your help - where we can exchange dreams, ideas and kindness to start shaping a better tomorrow.

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