Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

Radish and Beef Burgers – My Excellent Mistake!


A few days ago, I wrote about a mistake I made with an ingredient in a new recipe I was trying. The recipe was Beet and Beef Burgers from Clean Eating. Now, really I’ve been eating a fairly large variety of vegetables for a long time: pretty much since I outgrew the typical kid fare that many kids raised in the U.S. consume. I am even proud to say that my older son, who is a picky eater even at 19, can identify many vegetables that the average school child cannot. I remember watching an episode with Jaime Oliver with my son. Jaime was in a kindergarten classroom, holding up a tomato and the kids were looking stumped when he asked them what it was!

I love trying new recipes and sharing them with my clients. I was really excited to try the Beet and Beef recipe because I figured it was another way to help mothers get their children to eat vegetables. I went to the Farmer’s Market with my grocery list. I carefully perused the offerings and I selected some truly beautiful beets that I thought were just a little on the small side. But, then again, I buy organic vegetables as often as possible so sometimes they are a little smaller than expected.

A couple of days later, the carrots and beets came out of the refrigerator to start making this creation. I carefully cleaned my vegetables but did not remove the skin from my beets or carrots because, let’s be honest, that is where most of the nutrition is and I don’t do that. The well-scrubbed beets went in to the food processor just as my younger son walked into the kitchen. He looked in the food processor and he said, “Mom, what are you doing to those poor radishes?!”

WHAT??? I went over to the food processor, took off the lid and sniffed! Sure enough, those beautiful red beets had the sharp smell of radishes.

At that point, I was too far committed to change the plan. So… the radishes were substituted for the beets and my excellent mistake was created!

If you want to enjoy this for yourself, here is the recipe:


Radish and Beef Burgers!

1 pound ground beef – preferably grass-fed

1 cup grated radishes

1 cup grated carrots

1 organic large egg

¼ cup each of freshly chopped basil and parsley

¼ teaspoon sea salt and ground black pepper

In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients. Shape into 6 patties. Place the patties on a pre-heated grill, close the lid and grill on medium heat, turning once. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes until an instant-read thermometer reaches 160F when inserted into the thickest part.

These are excellent wrapped in a lettuce leaf as a substitute for a bun!

Serve and enjoy immediately!

And , remember, recipes are just suggestions!

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