Meaty mushrooms and crunchy pecans make this a satisfying vegetarian burger. Make it a meal: Serve on a whole-wheat bun or toasted country bread with Spinach Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette.

Bharti Kirchner
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1995


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

198 calories; protein 5.6g; carbohydrates 21.6g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 3.7g; fat 10.6g; saturated fat 1.3g; cholesterol 31mg; vitamin a iu 3129.4IU; vitamin c 3.8mg; folate 46.3mcg; calcium 50.3mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 37.7mg; potassium 306.4mg; sodium 149.6mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Yummy! 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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More