I’ve never eaten at Northstar Cafe, but when I went looking for a veggie burger recipe I found tons of people raving about their veggie burgers, which are made with beets and black beans. A number of people have even tried to reconstruct the recipe. I decided to try the recipe from TheKitchn.com.I followed the recipe pretty closely except I started out with cooked, peeled beets, and I think the recipe called for raw beets. I cooked the beets for much less time, however.
The dough ended up surprisingly acidic. I guess the lemon juice and vinegar are meant to counteract the sweetness from the beets. Otherwise the dough tasted fine. It didn’t seem to hold together great, but the flavor was fine.
I was going to a barbecue but I didn’t think that the beets and black bean burgers would hold together on the grill, so I just cooked them on the stovetop. Derek and I both thought they needed some fat. (There’s almost none in the recipe.) Maybe I should have cooked them in more oil. I also thought that the sweet and sour flavors were a bit strange for a veggie burger. The burgers tasted fine on their own but I wasn’t excited about them. I didn’t try them on bread with all the fixings.
I don’t know if the reproduction attempt isn’t quite spot on, if I screwed something up, or if I just don’t care for the Northstar Cafe burgers. I’m not particularly motivated to try this recipe again. If I ever go to Columbus, Ohio, I will be sure to stop by the cafe and try the real thing, however.