Recipes Courtesy of the USA Rice Federation.

USA Rice Federation

Brown Rice Cuban Burgers

Brown Rice Cuban Burgers

A wholesome, meatless option for a weeknight meal or backyard entertaining, these convenient, healthy burgers are richly flavourful. Made with ingredients from all food groups, health-conscious vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike will be wowed by this crowd-pleasing option.

What You’ll Need:


2 cups gluten-free vegetable or chicken broth 500 mL
1 cup Tex Farm long grain brown rice  250 mL
1/4 cup safflower oil (or a light flavoured cooking oil), divided 50 mL
1/4 cup finely diced red onion 125 mL
1/4 cup finely diced red pepper 125 mL
1/2 cup finely diced mushrooms 125 mL
1 clove garlic, minced  
1/2 tsp each, ground cumin and coriander 2 mL
4 cups each, coarse salt and red pepper flakes (less if desired) 1 L
1/2 cup gluten-free seasoned breadcrumbs 125 mL
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed well 250 mL
2 oz queso or crumbled feta 60 g
1 egg, lightly beaten  


In saucepan, bring broth and rice to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until all liquid has been absorbed, about 40 minutes. Let cool slightly.

In skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of oil over medium-high heat. Cook red onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in red pepper and mushrooms and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin, coriander, salt and red pepper flakes and cook one minute.

Scrape onion mixture into the bowl of a food processor. Add breadcrumbs, cooked brown rice, black beans, queso or feta and egg, and pulse until combined.

Using wet hands (will help mixture from sticking), form into ½ cup (125 mL) patties.

Cook in batches in a large, non-stick skillet over medium low heat, using 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil at a time until golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes per side.

Serve on gluten-free buns with dill pickle slices and a yogurt cilantro sauce (and some extra Queso if you’re feeling decadent).

Makes 6 burgers.

Tip: Add ¼ cup (50 mL) of chopped fresh cilantro to the burger mixture for added flair. Use regular breadcrumbs instead of gluten-free breadcrumbs if you prefer.

PER SERVING: about 270 cal, 7 g pro, 12 g total fat (2 g sat fat), 34 g carb, 4 g fibre,

40 mg chol, 200 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 8%, calcium 6%, vit A 15%, vit C 35%

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