This morning started with the usual. I had coffee and oatmeal and I made Anna her usual mix (rolled oats cooked with water then mixed in baby yogurt – she LOVES it!). Then we played and read books for a while before starting on dinner. Yes, I usually make dinner around 8-9am. It gives me plenty of time to get it done and Anna likes to help from the backpack.

Today was different though because we had an important dinner mission. We were going to attempt to recreate the famous Northstar Burger. You can read about my love for Northstar and their burger here or here or my restaurant review here. You are lucky I don’t blog about every Northstar burger I enjoy! I have attempted to create the burger before and was semi-successful   my attempt .

This time was better then before though. I will use this recipe again and again!

Attempted Northstar Burgers
Inspired by the amazing burgers at our favorite restaurant Northstar Cafe in Columbus, Ohio
makes about 6-8 burgers

  • 1 cup brown rice – cooking in a rice cooker works well because it makes it a little sticky
  • 1 onion, diced small
  • 1 can of diced beets, drained and rinsed
  • 1 T. garlic, minced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. EVOO
  • 1 T. parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
  • 2 T whole wheat flour
  • 1 T rolled oats
  • 1 egg

Open, drain and rinse a can of diced beets.


Simmer the beets with a diced onion, garlic, black beans, lentils, and spices for a minute to infuse the flavors.


Transfer the mixture to a food processor


Pulse a few times, but don’t puree – you want the chunks of veggies!


Add rice, egg, flour and oats and pulse a few more times to mix together.


Form into patties and placed on a sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 435 for about 15 -20 minutes or until burgers are held together and starting to brown. At Northstar they grill the burgers but I didn’t attempt that today. I think they would cook well in a cast iron skillet or grill pan or on a George Foreman though. Let me know if you try them!



Serve on a fresh roll with lettuce, spicy mustard, tomato, onion and cheese if you want!

We tried them for lunch and Anna loved them. She also enjoyed her cantalope and green beans. Tonight we are going to have them again for dinner – the proper way, on a bun with all the toppings. I will update you with a picture of those but I couldn’t wait to share the recipe!


We are off to enjoy the rest of the day with possibly another walk to the library or a play date in the yard with Jasper before I teach teen spin at 4:30pm! I took song requests last week and so I have added some more Bieber and Yeah 3X to the playlist! Should be a good time!