Beef Burger with Beet Relish

This recipe is from the Beef & Beets episode of A is for Apple hosted by Robert Jewell.

Makes: 4


  • 2 lbs (908g) ground medium burger meat
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Fresh toppings such as lettuce, tomato

Beetroot Relish

  • 1 ½ pounds (681g) beet root
  • 2 medium Spanish onions, peeled
  • 3 granny smith green apples
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) whole coriander
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups (500ml) Cabernet Sauvignon red wine
  • 1.5 cup (375ml) sugar


  1. For the relish peel and dice the beets into ¼ inch (.63cm) dice.
  2. Peel and dice and core the apples in ¼ inch (.63cm) dice. Dice the Spanish onions into medium dice.
  3. Add all to a medium saucepan.
  4. Add the mustards seeds, coriander, ground cloves, cinnamon, red wine and sugar.
  5. Place the saucepan over medium low heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 40 minutes or until all liquid is evaporated and the relish is thickened. Makes 3 cups (750ml) of relish.
  6. Note: the recipe makes 3 cups (750ml) it can be successfully divided. This relish can be served with pork, chicken and a great addition to a cheese platter. Keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  7. Remove and allow to cool.
  8. In a medium bowl mix the burger meat with garlic powder, oregano, and Worcestershire.
  9. Gently form the meat into 4 hamburger rounds. Using your thumb make a dimple in the center of the burger. (This is done so the meat doesn’t turn into a large meat ball when cooking)
  10. Place a large cast iron pan over medium high heat.
  11. Drizzle the burgers with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  12. Place the burgers into preheated cast iron pan.  Allow the meat to caramelize and turn a deep golden brown before flipping. Adjust heat if necessary.
  13. Flip and repeat for the remaining side.
  14. Cook burgers until desired doneness.
  15. Remove burgers place on buns top with beet root relish and your favorite toppings.

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