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Mushroom & Rice Burger

35 min



If you have any leftover rice, this recipe is a great way to use it up. Also, this burger patty is the bomb. It has a moist texture thanks to the meaty mushrooms, nutty walnuts, protein-packed lentils and chewy rice. Serve on your favourite bun and pile high your favourite burger toppings.



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  • 2 Tbsp (14 g)
    ground flaxseeds
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    medium red onions, diced
  • 2
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (140 g)
    button mushrooms, minced
  • ⅓ cup (39 g)
    raw walnuts, minced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
  • ½ Tbsp (4 g)
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    ground coriander (optional)
  • 1½ cups (297 g)
    cooked brown lentils
  • 1 cup (195 g)
    cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup (108 g)
  • 1 Tbsp (9 g)
    nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper

Optional toppings

  • arugula
  • avocado
  • chopped pickles
  • medium tomato
  • pickled jalapeño slices
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  1. Add the ground flaxseeds and water to a large bowl, mix, and set aside to gel.
  2. Add the oil to a large pan on high heat. When hot, add the onions and garlic and sauté until lightly golden, about 5 minutes, adding a splash of water as needed to deglaze the pan.
  3. Then add the mushroom and walnuts, and cook until most of the moisture has evaporated, which takes about 5 - 8 minutes.
  4. Add the soy sauce, cumin, and coriander and continue to cook until all the moisture is evaporated.
  5. Meanwhile, add the lentils to the same bowl as the flaxseeds and mash as best you can using an immersion blender, potato masher or fork.
  6. To the lentils, add the mushroom mixture, rice, bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, ketchup, and pepper. Using your hands, combine until fully mixed and form into burger patties.
  7. In a large pan on medium heat, add a bit of vegetable oil and cook the patties until golden on each side, about 2 - 3 minutes per side.
  8. When the patties are ready, assemble your burger, and enjoy!


  • Make-ahead: we love batch-making this recipe! We enjoy a couple burger patties the night they're made, and we freeze the rest. It makes for a speedy dinner when you're short on time.


  • Keep the patties in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • The patties freeze well too! To prevent the patties from sticking together, place the patties on a baking tray or plate in a single layer and freeze. Once frozen transfer, they can be stacked on top of each other and sealed in an airtight container to keep frozen for up to 1 month.

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Grains 27%

cooked brown rice


Proteins 27%

ground flaxseeds

raw walnuts

cooked brown lentils

nutritional yeast

Fruits & Veggies 46%

medium red onion

clove garlic

button mushrooms

No significant sources of calcium

ground flaxseeds

vegetable oil

raw walnuts

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Florence - Oct. 9, 2021, 3:40 a.m.

I've done this recipe over and over!! So good, versatile, easy and healthy ❤️

Dimitra - Oct. 5, 2021, 11:14 p.m.

hey! I was wondering if this recipe works with basmati rice and oats instead of breadcrumbs?

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2021, 4:07 a.m.

Hey there, Dimitra 😊 We haven't given both a try at the same time, but we imagine basmati rice in place of brown rice and oats in place of breadcrumbs would work. If you're finding the patties aren't sticky enough, adding more oats or ground flaxseeds gelled in water should help. Do let us know if you experiment with it!

Antonia - Oct. 4, 2021, 8:27 p.m.

These are absolutely delicious!!!! Amazing truly! Thank you! I have been sharing these recipe with everyone I know that likes a non-meat burger!

PUL Team - Oct. 4, 2021, 9:11 p.m.

Aw we appreciate it so much, Antonia, thank you!

dolargroup - Sept. 21, 2021, 11:53 a.m.

Your Recipes are so well written and reliable.. The Burger was wonderful, we are manufacturing bread slicer, Deck Over, Food Warmer, Pizza Oven etc., for further details

Anna - Sept. 11, 2021, 1:43 p.m.

Hey PUL folks! Thank you so much for your help re: wild rice. <3 I did make this recipe and found that the patties were soggy and didn't really cook through and hold together. HOWEVER, the flavor was fantastic, my friend was obsessed and they can't wait to make it for their family, and together we came up with a few ideas for a fix!

I actually don't know if it was related to the wild rice -- do you think it may have been? I think there was too much moisture for two other reasons: I cooked the lentils until they were mushy (I thought that would be preferable, since you mush them up anyway, but I believe I was wrong oops). And we used gluten-free bread crumbs because my friend is allergic to wheat, but they pointed out that gluten-free bread doesn't soak up moisture as well as glutinous bread -- just because of the ingredients used, like seeds and different kinds of starches.

SO! We're going to try again with firmer cooked lentils and more breadcrumbs; I'm also going to reduce the number of onions because they were a bit overwhelming, and make sure to cook down the onion/mushroom mixture verrrrry thoroughly. Maybe we should do it with brown rice, too, although I love the flavor of wild rice so I may go for the mix. I will report back yet again! <3 Thanks again, team!

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 4:46 a.m.

Hey Anna, super happy to hear you guys enjoyed the flavour of the patties! With regards to the texture, for sure, cooking the lentils until fully cooked, but not too mushy, should help. Another thing that might help is making sure you cook the mushrooms until they dry out quite a bit. Otherwise, the mushrooms can also have a lot of moisture held in them that can make the patties feel wet. I personally don't think gluten-free breadcrumbs should be an issue, so feel free to use that again if you'd like. With that said, you can always add a bit more breadcrumbs than a recipe calls for if you find the mixture is still too wet. It's something we do often as well. It's an easy ingredient to add a bit more of until you reach a consistency that's easy to work with. I hope this helps for now, and all the best for when you try them out again 😊

Maria - Sept. 9, 2021, 2:13 a.m.

This was my first time making my own burger patties, and I'm so happy that these turned out well! I used brown rice, yellow onion, cremini mushrooms, and black beans (grateful for all the swap options) and they were delicious.

PUL Team - Sept. 11, 2021, 3:33 a.m.

Mm sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing, Maria 🙂

Beth - Aug. 21, 2021, 8:43 p.m.

These are called wild rice and mushroom burgers, but wild rice isn't listed as one of the ingredients. I'm confused.

PUL Team - Aug. 24, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

Hey Beth, you're brilliant! Thanks for catching that and bringing it to our attention. We used a mix of wild rice and brown rice (as seen in the video under the recipe directions) but we only included brown rice in the ingredient list as we thought it'd be more accessible to most people. Indeed, that makes the title confusing though, so we've now updated it thanks to your feedback 🙏 your feedback is much appreciated, Beth, thank you!

Anna - Sept. 1, 2021, 11:11 a.m.

Psst PUL Team, I actually got confused the other way, because I had remembered this as being made with wild rice, cooked a pot of wild rice, and then showed up to this page and was like "wait.... am I misremembering or did I just get gaslighted...??" Haha of course I'm teasing <3 but it did give me pause. Maybe add wild rice as an option with brown rice in the ingredients list? Also, if I had never seen this before, I feel like the header and subtitle would make me think I could use leftover white rice (although maybe they can! in which case never mind me!)

ANYWAY I am super super excited to try this recipe tomorrow and will report back <3

PUL Team - Sept. 2, 2021, 12:48 a.m.

Thanks for the feedback, Anna 😊 Sure thing, we've just added it as a list of potential substitutes, thanks for the suggestion! Just a heads up, though, that using solely wild rice might result in patties that don't bind together as easily. When wild rice is cooked, it's quite a bit more firm than brown rice. The stickiness of brown or white rice helps keep the patties together a bit better. Curious if you tried it out and what you thought of the patties with the wild rice? 🤓

Sarah - Aug. 7, 2021, 10:15 p.m.

Hi! Do you think these could be cooked on a grill instead of on the stove? Very excited to give them a try! :)

PUL Team - Aug. 8, 2021, 10:07 p.m.

Hi, Sarah! We haven't tested it out, but the patty mixture holds together nicely for this one so we imagine they'd grill well. Do let us know if you give it a try 😃

Sarah - Aug. 20, 2021, 4:42 a.m.

Hello again! We did end up grilling these, and they turned out AMAZING. You were right about the mixture; it held up really well and was a breeze to work with. We didn't even need to brush them with oil before throwing them on the grill.

But beyond their supreme grill-ability, these are the BEST burgers I have made in my nearly ten years of veganism. Such good flavor! Such good texture! We'll definitely make them again and again. Thanks for the recipe!

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2021, 9:01 p.m.

Thanks a bunch for the update, Sarah! We're so glad the patties were enjoyed 😃

Ray - July 31, 2021, 11:24 p.m.

This recipe is seriously amazing, I don't even know where to begin. The flavor was everything that I was hoping for.
And they truly are the perfect quick Dinner.

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2021, 5:03 a.m.

Super thrilled to hear, Ray, thank you!

Luna - July 27, 2021, 2:27 p.m.

It does take up a lot of time (perhaps because I'm not familiar to the recipe), but the crunch from the nuts und the rich flavours of the spices are incredible!

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 1:27 a.m.

Hi Luna! Indeed we find that the burgers are quicker when we're familar with the steps and able to prepare ingredients as others are cooking as outlined in the steps. So happy you enjoyed them😍

Evan - July 24, 2021, 6:32 p.m.

Best vegan burgers I have personally ever had. My mom actually made these for me and said they were a very involved recipe, BUT they are the best I’ve ever had. I mean this as a good thing but they gave me a VERY mcdonalds like burger flavor

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 12:12 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share the review, Evan! We're glad the burger was enjoyed 😃

Arah - July 24, 2021, 1:35 p.m.

My go-to burger recipe! Comes out perfect each time. This week I topped ours with some guacamole. Definitely recommend!

Meen - July 23, 2021, 7:39 p.m.

I batch make these patties every 3 weeks! Me and hubby are forever obsessed! Not just for burgers, but also wonderful with some rice or even a salad!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 8:55 p.m.

So glad you and your husband are enjoying the burgers, Meen, we appreciate the review! 🤩

Ambra - July 23, 2021, 10:27 a.m.

These burger patties are the best vegan burgers i’ve ever tried! I usually prepare 8 patties and then i freeze them, ready to use for my lunch at work. Give them a try, they have an extremely meaty texture and they fill you for lots of hours.
Thank you PUL for your blog, your recipes and your youtube channel. I’m not vegan, but i’m eating more plant based food since i’ve found your videos 🎈

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 7:12 p.m.

So happy to read this, Ambra, and thank you! 🥰

Cecilia - July 18, 2021, 1:52 a.m.

We just made these and we're not vegan and OMG they're amazing!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

Francisco Javier Bravo Peiró - July 13, 2021, 1:12 a.m.

🦁Have you tried to cook with Lion's Mane mushrooms? Someone told me that it tastes like fish or shrimps.🦐

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 12:09 a.m.

Hi Francisco, we've never personally tried them but we'll keep an eye out! 🤓

Samantha - June 29, 2021, 3:59 a.m.

The burger was delicious, though a bit mushy. Is there any way that I can remedy this? Maybe cooking the lentils a bit less? Congratulations, Sadia, on passing your exams, by the way :)

PUL Team - June 30, 2021, 2:40 a.m.

Hi Samantha, thank you for the congratulations! It means so much 🥳

For the mushiness, ensuring the lentils and rice aren't overcooked is a good idea, although excess moisture or cooking the patties at too high of a temperature (meaning the outside crispens too quickly while the inside doesn't have a chance to cook as much) are more likely culprits! We'd recommend making sure the moisture is mostly evaporated in steps 3 and 4 and suggest cooking the patties at a low enough temperature to help the inside cook more without the outside getting too crunchy too quickly. Glad you enjoyed the burgers despite this 😊

Samantha - June 30, 2021, 6:18 a.m.


Sara - June 24, 2021, 10:07 a.m.

Thank you sooo much for this amazing recipe Sadia! I've been wanting to adapt to more plant based foods and your recipes really are something different, it makes plant based eating so much more fun! <3

PUL Team - June 24, 2021, 3:29 p.m.

This makes us so happy to hear! Thank you for the support and kind words, Sara 💖

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:12 p.m.

You know how good this burger makes veganism look? It's absolutely delicious too! 😁

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 9:41 p.m.

We appreciate the review so much, Cris, and so glad you enjoyed the burger!

Nadia - April 16, 2021, 2:04 p.m.

When freeze, should it be pan fried first? Thanks

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 2:03 a.m.

Great question, Nadia! We recommend freezing the patties before frying and then pan-frying to help heat them up after thawing 🙂