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Spinach Rice Burgers

What you need: 

1 cup rice
1 package frozen spinach
1 large chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon parsley
oil for frying
1 or 2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 or 3 tablespoons tahini

What you do: 

1. Heat 2 cups water to a boil, add rice (I prefer basmati), return to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
2. While rice is cooking, cook frozen spinach according to package directions. Once spinach is cooked, cook an additional 5-10 minutes until all water is gone, but not yet dry.
3. Before rice and spinach are done, heat about 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add onion, garlic, and spices, and fry until onions are limp and golden.
4. Add spinach to spice mixture, cook about 2 minutes until well mixed. Add rice to spinach-spice mixture, heat until coated.
5. Dump rice-spinach-spice mixture in a large bowl. Add soy sauce. Stir vigorously. Add tahini. Stir vigorously.
6. When mixture becomes mushy, either set it aside or place in the refrigerator for a few minutes. It is obviously easier to handle when cooled for burger-making purposes. You can also taste it now and adjust the spices accordingly.
7. Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, make a burger out of the mixture and throw it on to cook. Cook until medium-dark brown on both sides. Serve with favorite topping combination. Tahini-based sauce recommended.
1. Low-fat version: Decrease all oil usage to 1 teaspoon instead of 1 tablespoon, or just use water; bake in oven instead of frying.
2. Multi-cultural version: Substitute curry powder, cumin and/or coriander for other spices.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Recipe Category: 


I couldn't get them in to burgers,so just ate the mixture;the flavours were nice,not brilliant,I may make it again.


Would someone tell me how much cooked fresh spinach equals one package frozen spinach? This recipe definitely sounds worth trying....


I'm undecided on these, they didn't taste bad but they weren't fantastic either.  :-\
That's most likely my own fault, not the fault of the recipe.
They were a little bland, I probably didn't add enough herbs/spices and they were a little too crunchy on the top, I may have over-cooked them.


I made these one evening after work, and I really liked them.  I used wholegrain rice, which gave the burgers a real nutty taste.  Also, nice to finally find a use for my frozen Spinach! 


Hi all- just a note here for new cooks- the "1 cup rice" in this recipe is UNCOOKED! That means you should use about 3 cups cooked rice. My sweet boyfriend tried to make these for me yesterday and mistakenly used only 1 cup cooked rice for the burgers. They didn't come out so good. OOPS!  :o  :P ;D

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