2 med red/waxy potatoes, well scrubbed (about 12 ounces total)
2 med carrots, peeled and cut crosswise in half (about 7 ounces total)
2 med beets, scrubbed well (about 10 ½ ounces; see headnote)
1 cup canned white beans, such as navy or cannellini, drained and rinsed
½ cup sauerkraut, drained
⅓ cup diced dill pickles
½ cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 ½ tablespoons distilled white vinegar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh dill sprigs, for garnish
Place the potatoes and carrots in a deep saucepan and the beets in a separate deep saucepan. Add cold water to cover each by about an inch and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the vegetables can be pierced with a skewer or paring knife. (They are best cooked until slightly underdone since they will continue to cook as they cool.) Remove the carrots with a slotted spoon after about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and beets once they are done, about 25 minutes for the potatoes and 45 minutes for the beets. Refrigerate until cool.
Use your fingers and/or a paring knife to remove the peel from the beets, then cut the vegetable into ½ -inch dice. Peel and dice the potatoes the same way. Dice the carrots. Combine the potatoes and carrots, plus the beans, sauerkraut, pickles, onion, oil, vinegar and salt in a large bowl and toss to incorporate. Gently fold in the beets.
In a large bowl, mash chickpeas with a potato masher. Mix in oats, olives or pickles, diced carrot, and scallions. In a separate bowl, blend together miso, soy sauce (or tamari), mustard, and maple syrup and add the blend to the chickpea mixture. Form the mixture into palm-sized patties and dredge them in cornmeal and salt.
Heat 3 tablespoons of safflower oil over medium heat. Fry each patty on both sides for 5 minutes. When oil is gone, re-oil the pan for the next round of patties. On the bottom bun place the lettuce, then top with the patty, pickle slices, tomato and onion. Spread tahini on top bun and place bun on top of burger. You can also serve the burger without a bun.
Tip: This burger mixture freezes well for later use.
Nonstick cooking spray, for the cooling rack
2 large eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
One 16-ounce jar sliced dill pickles
Serve with Diamond Sevens Ranch Dressing
Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to broil. Spray a cooling rack with nonstick cooking spray and place it on top of a baking sheet.
Whisk the eggs with the flour, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder and a pinch each of salt and pepper in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Drain the dill pickles and pat dry with paper towels. Working in batches, toss the pickles in the egg mixture so they are fully coated. Remove the pickles, letting the excess egg drip off, and transfer to the breadcrumb mixture. Toss to fully coat. Spread the pickles out on the prepared cooling rack in a single layer (with none overlapping).
Place the baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven and broil until the tops of the pickles are a crisp golden brown, about 4 minutes. Flip the pickles and continue to cook until crisp golden brown all over, about 4 minutes.