Thursday, May 8, 2014

Minnesota Wild Rice Burger

Today I'm sharing a vegetarian recipe I've named Minnesota Wild Rice Burger.  I guess I'm throwing in the name Minnesota because (1) I live here and (2) this state is known for its wild rice dishes. Though this is no hot dish!!

Minnesota Wild Rice Burger | Cooking on the Front Burner

I first made this recipe about a year ago but have given it a photo make-over.  To read about why I made this burger click here. There's just a little story behind the recipe and where you can find the best wild rice burger in Minnesota.

Now let's talk burgers.  If you know me, my favorite sandwich is a plain ole cheeseburger with fries and a diet coke.  It's been my favorite since I was a pre-teen and it is usually my Friday lunch.  To expand my horizons a bit I've tried turkey and chicken burgers but haven't really been turned on by them.  So when I first had a wild rice burger, I was pleasantly surprised!  They are really good and a nice change if you want to go meatless.

Minnesota Wild Rice Burger

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 15 minutes plus freezing time
Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
Makes 6 burgers

  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup minced celery
  • 1/2 cup minced baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 pkg Uncle Ben’s 90 second rice (Original) uncooked
  • 1¾ cups cooked wild rice (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup craisins, soak in boiled water then chop
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 5 T Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs plus one yolk beaten
  • S&P
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp red cayenne pepper
  • Serve with swiss cheese, soft wheat buns, red onions, lettuce
  1. In small skillet heat olive oil and sauté garlic, onion, celery and mushrooms until soft then cool.
  2. Cook wild rice and cool completely (or keep in refrigerator until ready to assemble)
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (I found it is easy to use a hamburger form press to make the burgers -this made 6 medium sized burgers) press in form and then turn out onto wax paper. Freeze until almost frozen solid (or just let slightly thaw before cooking if frozen solid).
  4. In a large skillet heat 2 additional T of olive oil until really hot
  5. Flip burgers upside down into skillet, remove wax paper and cook about 3-4 minutes until a nice crust is formed then flip, cook another 2 minutes; add swiss cheese until melted about another 2 minutes.
*Note - I have had good luck with the burgers being partially frozen to start and they hold well together after cooked
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So what's the verdict for you?  Willing to give this one a try?  I think you might also be pleasantly surprised. Let me know if you do!

Minnesota Wild Rice Burger | Cooking on the Front Burger #wildrice #riceburger #minnesotawildrice

This would go well with your favorite tasty beverage - a diet coke or maybe your favorite local beer.


  1. They look delicous Deb! Definitely need to try them!

  2. I love wild rice, Deb, so this burger sounds phenomenal! Pinning to try. :) Have a great weekend, my friend!

  3. Deb, holy creativeness! I seriously cannot wait to try this! Wild rice AND plain old cheeseburgers are my two faves. So, very anxious to give this a try!

  4. YUM! I don't eat much beef, and am always looking for another good veggie burger recipe. This sounds awesome!! Thanks so much :)

  5. These burgers look delish! And I bet they taste delicious.

  6. What an interesting mixture and so healthy. I really like these burgers. Thanks for sharing them with us on Foodie Friday. Pinned.

  7. I am so intrigued by rice in a burger!! These would be perfect for a Meatless Monday - without feeling cheated! Scheduled to pin!

  8. This looks so yummy! I pinned it to try! found at showstopper sat:) Have a great weekend.

  9. The recipe looks so attractive. Nice to enjoy it.

  10. I've been looking for a vegetarian type burger that isn't full of soy or black beans. I'm not a big black bean fan; although, I'm working on that. Having said that, these sound awesome! I will definitely be making these this summer. Thank you for sharing

  11. Looks pretty good. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Oh man I can't wait for summer. Hoping to make this weekend, my wife will love this!


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