One of my favorite places to eat is Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. They have the BEST french fries I have ever eaten. Pair that with their wild rice burger and it is one of my favorite meals of all time. Being able to have this delicious burger only once or twice a year isn't enough. I set out on an internet search to find a copycat recipe and came across a winner. Here's what I learned:
- I used a question mark after vegetarian because this recipe does contain eggs. I guess it depends on what type of vegetarian diet you follow and if it includes them.
- I followed the cooking directions on the wild rice instead of in the recipe. It really depends on the type of wild rice you purchase.
- Definitely serve these with some sort of seasoned garlic mayo.
- Good quality buns make a big difference.
- Make sure to use sharp cheddar cheese.
- Traditional toppings are red onion, sliced tomatoes, garlic mayo, and sprouts.
Wild Rice Burgers
1 cup of wild rice, uncooked
2-3 cups of vegetable stock
4 eggs, whisked
2 teaspoons of all purpose seasoning (salt, onion, garlic, paprika, sugar, pepper, turmeric - something like that)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup crushed saltine crackers
8 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
8 multi-grain hamburger buns, split
Optional toppings: Alfalfa sprouts, sliced roma tomatoes, and red onions.
Cook the wild rice in vegetable stock according to the package directions. While the rice is cooking prepare your buns with the garlic mayo and preferred toppings. Allow rice to cool before proceeding to the next step.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, seasoning, and olive oil. Using a spatula, mix in the shredded cheddar cheese until combined. Add the cooked and cooled rice followed by the crushed saltines and give it a good stir. Scoop out a 1/2 cup of the rice mixture into your hand and form a patty. Be very careful as the patties are somewhat fragile. Repeat until you have 8 patties total placing each one onto the lined cookie sheet.
Brush a griddle with oil and heat to medium. Carefully place each patty on the griddle and cook for 3 minutes. Flip each patty and place a slice of cheddar on top. Cover with a lid or foil and cook another 3 minutes. Slide each patty onto the prepared bun.
For the garlic mayo I used this recipe and LOVED it!