Pulp Burgers with DIY Jalapeño Cheese

“My garden always blesses our family with an abundance of veggies so juicing is often the best way to use them up. I freeze pulp, vegetable scraps, and skins so they are handy for making soup stock. After the stock is made, the scraps usually go into the compost. However, after straining the stock one day, I noticed that there was still so much colour and flavour in the pulp, and was convinced it could be used yet again, keeping it out of the compost altogether—zero waste! The pulp can be used in several recipes. Beet pulp pairs best with beans and as a result, we have this recipe. ” —Christa Bruneau-Guenther, Manitoba

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Pulp Burgers with DIY Jalapeño Cheese
Pulp Burgers with DIY Jalapeño Cheese
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2servings (4-6 patties) 15minutes 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
2servings (4-6 patties) 15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Ingredients
Portions: servings (4-6 patties)
Units:
Ingredients
Portions: servings (4-6 patties)
Units:
Instructions
    Stovetop Method:
    1. Place all ingredients in a bowl, except the olive oil, garnishes and condiments. Using a fork or your hands, gently mix everything together, mashing the black beans slightly, leaving some whole. Mixture should appear chunky but well combined. Form into 4 to 6 patties.
    2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.
    3. Fry the patties for 7 to 8 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through.
    4. Garnish with homemade jalapeño cheese, crumbled feta, or any white cheese such as mozzarella or Swiss. Serve on a bun of your choice with sliced red onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, and more BBQ sauce.
    Oven Method:
    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
    2. Place the patties on a parchment-lined or tin foil-lined baking sheet. Brush each patty with olive oil.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes on each side. Add your favourite BBQ sauce and bake for 1 more minute.
    4. Garnish with homemade jalapeño cheese, crumbled feta, or any white cheese such as mozzarella or Swiss. Serve on a bun of your choice with sliced red onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, and more BBQ sauce.
    Homemade Jalapeño Cheese:
    1. Pour the milk into a large pot and heat to medium high, stirring constantly until it reaches a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and slowly pour in the vinegar while still stirring. The milk should immediately separate into curds and whey. If not, add more vinegar, 1 tbsp (15 ml) at a time until separation occurs.
    2. Pour the mixture into a colander lined with cheesecloth, letting the whey (liquid) drain off. Rinse the cheese curds well with cold water, holding them in the cheesecloth.
    3. Add the sea salt and jalapeño pepper (or fresh herbs such as dill, basil, or oregano, finely chopped). Mix with your fingers until evenly combined. Twist the cheesecloth around the cheese curds, tightly removing any excess liquid. Tie the bundle of cheese curds around a wooden spoon and let them hang over a pot for 1 hour, allowing whatever liquid that remains to drain.
    4. Remove the cheesecloth and store the cheese curds in a covered container in the fridge for up to a week.