While I was in Columbus, I got to go to Northstar Cafe, which is probably my favorite restaurant in the world. They have lots of vegetarian/vegan options, and everything is natural and organic. YUM! The Northstar Cafe veggie burger is literally my favorite veggie burger. This might have been the best meal I had all week (sorry Thanksgiving dinner).
I can’t even TELL you how amazing this veggie burger is. I was raving about it to my friend Krista and she was sweet enough to send me similar recipe for a Northstar Cafe Style Veggie Burger!
The Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger Recipe
- 4 tablespoons hickory barbecue sauce
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 15oz can black beans
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 tablespoon oat bran
- 2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped canned beets
- 1 teaspoon beet juice
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno pepper, chopped
- 1 egg white, add more if needed (to bind)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
- Stir together barbecue sauce and molasses. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash beans.
- Stir in 3 tablespoons of the barbecue mixture (reserving remaining for brushing) and remaining ingredients -- rice through egg white.
- Form into four 6 oz patties.
- Heat olive oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium.
- Grill burgers for 2 minutes on one side.
- Turn and brush with remaining barbecue/molasses mixture. Top with Monterey Jack and grill for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and mustard on a bun which has been grilled in butter.
I literally insist on going to Northstar Cafe every single time I’m back in Columbus. They have a few locations around town and I just can’t resist their veggie burger! If you can’t make it to Columubs, at least you can try something similar!
Now that I’m in Virginia, I’m glad I have this recipe so I can make it at home!
Have you guys ever used beets in a veggie burger? I’m thinking that might be the “secret” ingredient. Do you have any “special ingredient” suggestions? Wish me luck!