Goat Cheese Burgers with Beets

Goat Cheese Burgers with Beets
  • 4Servings


  • 1 large beet, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick, or one 14.5-ounce can sliced beets, drained
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef sirloin
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (a generous handful)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, creme fraiche or Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 crusty rolls, split
  • 4 thin slices red onion
  • 4 leaves red-leaf lettuce


In a medium saucepan, combine the beet and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer until tender, 10 to 12 minutes; drain.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, 1/3 cup parsley, the garlic and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties and make a thumbprint in the center of each; coat the patties with the EVOO. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, 6 to 8 minutes for medium.

While the patties are cooking, crumble the goat cheese into a medium bowl. Add the sour cream, thyme, dill, lemon peel and the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley.

Place the beef patties on the roll bottoms; top with the beet slices, goat cheese mixture, onion, lettuce and the roll tops.