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Wild Rice Burger Recipe for Meat Eaters & Vegetarians

Vegetarian burgers are hit and miss, with some having a poor consistency where they just fall apart on your plate and others missing the mark for taste. Some of them just lack that meaty texture, making them feel like a mouth full of salad rather than anything that belongs on a bun.

Of course, there are some good ones, and vegetarian patty chefs have been hard at work for years trying to create something that has a similar taste, texture and consistency as a beef patty. You don’t have to search the frozen food section to find a good one, though. Wild rice burgers are our new favourite at-home vegetarian burger.

These are not vegan, mind you, since they use eggs to hold them together. Without that, they would crumble, and there isn’t a good substitute we know of to take the place of the eggs for this recipe. So, if you are looking for a vegan patty, you’ll have to use a different recipe.

This wild rice burger recipe is designed to be easy to make and to work well as a burger patty. If you have followed the recipe precisely, you’ll have a patty that cooks well, doesn’t fall apart in the pan or on the bun, and has that satisfyingly chewy consistency we all expect from a quality burger.

Wild Rice Burger Recipe- Vegetarian

Here is what you’ll need to make this delightful vegetarian burger patty:

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Keyword: burger, rild rice burger, wild rice

Ingredients

  • 5 cups wild rice, cooked
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Cooking oil

Instructions

  • Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl.
  • Scoop out 1 cup measures of your mixture at a time to make patties. You can form the patties into the right shape with your hands. If they come out a bit too wet, just add some more breadcrumbs to the mixture. Alternatively, you can put your mixture in the fridge for a few minutes to help them stay together better.
  • Cover the bottom of your frying pan with a light layer of oil and cook on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, you can add as many patties as will fit into the pan. Cook until the patties turn brown on both sides. You will need to flip them to ensure they cook evenly.

Putting Together Your Burger

What goes good with the wild rice burger recipe? We love how swiss and Muenster cheese taste with the wild rice patty. The patty is excellent on a whole wheat or sesame seed bun, or you could opt to have it without the bun.

Hot sauce, garlic sauce and barbecue sauces are all good choices for this burger. You can serve it up with the classic lettuce, tomato, and onion toppings, but we would also recommend avocado, cucumbers or pineapple as interesting sandwich toppings to try.

If you want your cheese to melt perfectly onto the burger, try cooking it in the pan with the patty for the last few seconds.

If you are not going to serve the burgers right away, you can always freeze your patties after they cool. We recommend storing them individually wrapped so you can pull out only as many patties as you need.

Cooking Wild Rice

This recipe starts with a boiled wild rice, which takes longer to cook than regular rice. Wild rice has a tough outer shell, and you will need to soften that to make it palatable. Eating this kind of rice can feel like crunching down on seeds, especially if it is not cooked thoroughly.

How long does wild rice take to cook? Boiling it in water over a low heat takes about 45 minutes. Compare that to the 20-30 minutes for white rice and basmati rice and you can see why we say this is a rice with a longer cook time. Even at 45 minutes of cooking time, wild rice isn’t going to become mushy and sticky.

Technically speaking, wild rice is not a grain like conventional rice. It may look and taste a bit like rice, but it’s actually a grass, naturally growing throughout parts of the United States. The taste is a bit different from the rice you are used to as well, and it has more of a nutty, woody taste to it. That’s going to make for a fine burger with a layered, textured taste that may surprise you, if you are not used to eating wild rice.

Sides for Your Burger

What goes well on the side of vegetarian wild rice burgers? We think the best sides are ones that are healthy and that stick with the vegetarian theme. Instead of oily French fries, why not try some baked sweet potato wedges? These are super simple to make yourself at home.

We also like the way roasted cauliflower goes with the burger. It has that crispy French fry texture to it that pairs so well with a juicy burger, but yet it’s very healthy for you, so you don’t feel guilty about having some (or lots!).

Coleslaw is another good option that you can make in a very healthy way. Homemade coleslaw is surprisingly easy to put together, and you can make it from shredded cabbage and carrots, with mayonnaise and a few simple spices.

Here are a few other quick suggestions that you may want to try:

  • Grilled corn on the cob
  • Avocado and tomato salad
  • Cucumber slices in cilantro and salt (called cucumber chow)
  • Dry fried potato slices
  • Breadcrumb covered zucchini fries
  • Fresh veggies and ranch dressing

Alternative Wild Rice Patty Recipes

Some places are known for their wild rice burger recipe, and they may make it a bit differently from the recipe we have provided for you here. If you liked our recipe but want to try it in a different way, or you think it could use some tweaking, here are some variations that we think you will like.

The MN State Fair Wild Rice Burger Recipe

This is not a vegetarian burger at all, so keep that in mind. If you like the idea of wild rice in your burger but are not trying to keep things vegan or even vegetarian, then this one is for you. There is a reason it is a prize-winning burger, and that’s its juicy, meaty quality that is going to have you begging for more.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups boiled wild rice
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 sliced sweet onion
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Seasoning salt

Instructions

  • Combine rice and burger and shape into four patties. Indent the middle of the burgers to ensure that they come out flat rather than rounded. Sprinkle seasoning salt on both sides and cook in a skillet on medium high heat. Keep cooking until the juices start coming out the top, and then cook for 30 seconds longer on the other side.
  • Cook your onion slices separately on medium heat until they brown. Season with salt. Top the burgers with onions and provolone cheese and serve on a toasted hamburger bun.

Grandma’s Wild Rice Burger Recipe

Grandma’s Saloon and Grill in San Francisco is known for its unique items. One of its more famous offerings is the meatless wild rice burger. We don’t know their exact recipe for making it, but we do know how they top it to give it that special combination of flavour the place is known for.

If you want to create a wild rice burger that is almost exactly like Grandma’s, you can just make your burger according to our recipe up top. Then, top it with shredded carrots, lettuce and onions, add cheese and mayonnaise, and serve on a bun. Be sure the cheese melts into the burger patty for that authentic, gooey Grandma’s texture.

 

Written by Pauline

I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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