While living in Japan, I used to frequent a burger restaurant called Mos Burger. It basically sold Japanese-style hamburgers. Many of the toppings were catered towards the Japanese palate, so eating there was always an adventure. One unique burger on their menu was the rice burger. Instead of using a wheat bun or lettuce, the bun was made out of rice. Perfect for those on a gluten-free diet, or limiting their gluten intake. Today I craved it, so I decided to make my own.
Here is how you make this burger…..
Asian Chicken & Pork Rice Burger
4 cup cooked sticky Japanese sushi rice
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb ground chicken
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp toasted rice powder (I added about 1/2 cup uncooked sushi rice to a metal baking dish and baked in 400 degree oven until rice was toasted. I then grinded it up to make into powder form). Can omit this ingredient.
1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
1 1/2 tbsp fresh cilantro finely chopped
1. Line a shallow baking sheet with foil paper. Lightly coat foil with some oil.
2. Press cooked and cooled rice onto baking sheet. Make sure to press firmly, since you want rice packed in.
3. Lightly coat a circular cookie cutter with oil, and cut out the rice patties. Depending on size you should have at least 4 patties.
4. Coat a non-stick pan with some oil, and place on medium heat. Once oil is hot, add rice patties. Fry both sides of patties until golden brown. Once done remove from pan and set aside.
Chicken & Pork Burgers
1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except oil and rice. Using your hands, make sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
2. Place a small sauté pan on medium heat. Once hot, add a small piece of meat mixture and cook until done. Once done, taste and adjust flavoring to your liking.
3. Form burgers the same size as patties. Place a large frying pan on medium heat and add a small amount of oil. Once oil is hot, add burger patties.
4. Cook burgers on both sides until thoroughly cooked.
5. Once cooked, remove from heat and assemble your burger.
The rice patty should have a crispy exterior and soft in the center.
This burger is perfect for lunch or dinner
I packed it in my Laptop Lunches lunch box along with a purple cabbage/carrots/cilantro slaw, mixed berries & kiwi, a Simple Go-GURT, and a Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey granola bar.
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