Burger Obsession: 1) Cheesy Brown Rice Veggie Burger 2) Kimchi Burger

Initially, I was going to use these burger recipes for a local media coverage.  After numerous attempts and failures, I've narrowed down to only two recipes to share with everyone.  Both burgers were made out of two key ingredients -- rice and chickpea.  Well, I learned that they are best for creating that consistency of those patties to stay intact.  The kimchi burger is especially made for my dear friend in NYC, Kristen.  I miss you Kims.  :)  

Again, both recipes can be made with leftover vegetables and rice.  If I have more time, I would make my own burger buns too.  :) These burgers are great and fun to make with kids.  I usually make Saturday as my burger day because I am given more time to prepare in the kitchen.  With the extra patties, I just store them in the freezer for later use.  Having those pre-made patties definitely help save a lot of time during the week for a quick meal.  

Stay warm. :) 

Cindy xx

Cheesy Brown Rice Veggie Burger 

Servings: 4 patties 

Preparation Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Ingredients: 

1 bowl cooked brown rice

1/2 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, use a potato masher to mash the chickpeas

1 cup cooked corn kernels

1/2 carrot, shredded

1/2 red capsicum + 1/2 yellow capsicum, julienned

1/2 onion, thinly sliced

1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1 handful parsley, finely chopped

1-2 eggs, whisked

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup grated pecorino or parmesan

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

4 slices mozzarella cheese

2-3 tbsp lime zest aioli

1-2 tsp hot sauce

4 fresh romaine lettuce leaves

4 burger buns

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Preheat a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil on medium low heat, caramelized the capsicum and onion in 5-10 minutes.  Season.  Set aside.  

2) Preheat a frying pan with a little olive oil on medium low heat, cook carrots and corns for 2-3 minutes.  Season.  Set aside. 

3) To make the patties, mix the cooked brown rice, mashed chickpeas, grated cheeses, chopped onion, garlic, parsley, carrots, and corns.  Add eggs and breadcrumbs.  Season.  Mix well and use the hands to form each 3cm thick sized patties.  

4) Preheat a frying pan with olive oil on medium heat, add the patties and cook each side for about 5 minutes or less.* 

5) Place the cooked patties on a kitchen towel to soak up any excess oil.  Stack each burger with grilled mozzarella, fresh lettuce, caramelized capsicum and onion PLUS some fresh lime zest aioli and a dash of hot sauce.    

Hello, World!

Another shot of my Cheesy Brown Rice Veggie Burger :)  

Burger with an Asian Twist - Kimchi Burger 

Servings: 4 patties

Preparation Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Ingredients for the patties: 

1 bowl cooked white rice

1/2 cup chopped kimchi

1/2 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, mashed with a potato masher

1/2 carrot, shredded

1-2 garlic clove, finely chopped

1/2 small onion, thinly sliced

4-5 baby chopped, chopped into small pieces

1/2 cup chopped spring onion

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1 egg, whisked

2-3 tbsp sesame seeds

homemade teriyaki sayce

4 burger buns

lettuce leaves

mustard

lime zest aioli

Instructions: 

1) Preheat a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil on medium low heat, caramelized the onion in 5-10 minutes.  Season.  Set aside.  

2) Preheat a frying pan with a little olive oil on medium low heat, cook carrots and baby corns for 2-3 minutes.  Season.  Set aside. 

3) To make the patties, mix the cooked white rice, mashed chickpeas, chopped garlic, spring onion, carrots, and baby corns.  Add egg, sesame seeds, and breadcrumbs.  Season.  Mix well and use the hands to form each 3cm thick sized patties.  

4) Preheat a frying pan with olive oil on medium heat, add the patties and cook each side for about 5 minutes or less.* 

5) Place the cooked patties on a kitchen towel to soak up any excess oil.  Stack each burger with fresh lettuce, caramelized onion, teriyaki sauce, lime zest aioli , and mustard.  

Kimchi Burger with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce