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
- 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
- 1 3/4 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
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp red cayenne pepper
- swiss cheese, soft wheat buns, red onions, lettuce
- In small skillet heat olive oil and sauté garlic, onion, celery and mushrooms until soft then cool.
- Cook wild rice and cool completely (or keep in refrigerator until ready to assemble)
- 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).
- In a large skillet heat 2 additional T of olive oil until really hot
- 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 frozen to start and they hold well together after cooked
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!
This would go well with your favorite tasty beverage – a diet coke or maybe your favorite local beer.