Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (1 tablespoon)
8 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and sliced (8-10 mushrooms)
1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted (2 ounces)
1 cup cooked rice, preferably brown basmati rice
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, (see Tip)
Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Preheat the broiler. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat it with cooking spray and set aside.
Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and garlic and saute until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and saute until they are slightly soft, about 3 more minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
Coarsely chop pecans in a food processor (not a blender). Add rice, carrots and the sauteed onion mixture. Pulse a few times until the mixture has a mealy consistency and transfer it to a large bowl. Add breadcrumbs and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne. Stir in egg.
Shape the mixture into 6 patties. Place the patties on the prepared baking sheet. Broil, about 6 inches from the heat, until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes per side.
Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup crumbs.
These were really tasty! I replaced pecans with roasted cashew nuts and baked the burgers in the oven but all my family loved them!
Pros: Easy, quick and tasty
September 24, 2010
The combination of sweetness from the pecans and carrots mixed with the mushrooms was VERY good. Although there doesn't seem to be much seasoning (though I used Italian breadcrumbs), the subtle mix of flavors is perfect. Next time, I'm going to try portobellos instead of regular mushrooms!
July 06, 2010
By: EatingWell User
Really delicious! Seems to be a kind of 'magical' combination of ingredients, which on first glance, sounds rather bland, but is extremely tasty. Very good when it 'stands alone' without a sauce or a bun, as well.