Top down view of beetroot patties on white plate and wooden board with garlic clove, beet, fork and green cloth.

Beetroot Patties with Cheese and Polenta

These simple 6-ingredient Beetroot Patties with Cheese and Polenta make a delicious and healthy snack, appetizer or side dish to enjoy alongside your vegetarian meal.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine International
Keyword beetroot, patties, polenta
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Servings 10 -12 cakes
Calories 94kcal
Author Monika Dabrowski


  • 3 medium beets unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup coarse cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup cheddar cheese coarsely grated (approx. 70 g)
  • 1 large garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs approx. 10 tablespoons, plus more for coating
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion granules
  • Salt and pepper to taste use generously
  • Olive oil for frying


  • Cook the cornmeal with 1/2 cup of water stirring often, for a few minutes until it thickens (it should be quite thick).  Remove from the heat and allow to cool. 
  • Cook the beetroot for 30 minutes, drain off the water and leave to cool.  Peel the beetroot, chop roughly and puree along with the garlic in a food processor. 
  • Transfer to a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients (including the cooked polenta), stirring well to combine.  Form little cakes and coat them in breadcrumbs.  Heat up a little olive oil and fry the cakes over a medium heat to crisp them up a bit (approx. 2 minutes on each side).  Work in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.


Preparation time includes the time needed to cook and cool the beetroot and polenta.
It is a good idea to cook both the polenta and the beetroot ahead as they both need to cool down before you can use them.  The polenta also thickens and solidifies as it cools, which is important in this recipe. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg