Rice and Bean Burger

Chef: Erica Podlowski
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes + 2-3 days for sprouting

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup, uncooked rice or use 2 cups leftover cooked rice
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, cashews or almonds, soaked in water overnight or in boiling water for 2 hours to soften
  • 5 cloves garlic or 2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • ¾ cup onion (yellow, white, red, green)
  • ½ cup grated carrot, parsnip, turnip, yam or squash
  • ¾ cup cooked and drained beans of choice (black, navy, garbanzo, lentils…)
  • 2 Tablespoons flour/alternative, oats or breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, arrowroot powder, ground flaxseed or 1 egg (used as a binder)
  • 4 teaspoons spices of choice (cumin, coriander, za’atar, chili, paprika, curry…)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs of choice (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste, curry paste, ketchup, mustard, other condiment
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce (optional)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place rice in a medium saucepan and cover with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook the rice for 15 minutes. It should still be quite chewy but not hard. Drain the rice if necessary and scrape into a large bowl. Or use leftover rice. Set aside.
  2. Finely mince garlic and dice onion. Grate the carrots/vegetable of choice and add to a bowl with garlic and onion. If you are using larger nuts/seeds lightly chop them. Alternatively, you can pulse these ingredients in a food processor or blender to form a chunky paste. Add this mixture to the large bowl with the rice
  3. To the large bowl add the flour, arrowroot powder (or binder of choice), spices, herbs, tomato paste (or other condiment), soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of water, salt and pepper. Mix everything with your hands until the mixture holds together when you pinch it. Add more water if necessary.
  4. Form the mixture into 8 equal patties. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour so they can properly set.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Remove the patties from the refrigerator and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Serve hot with accompaniments.

 

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