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This meat-free Wild Rice Burger is a wonderful healthy alternative to beef in a hamburger. Wild rice is a very healthy grain and makes a substantial base for a vegetarian burger or melt. These burgers come together with the help of melted cheese. Wild Rice Burgers are really good – so give them a try.
The Wild Rice Burger is a specialty of the Great Lakes area – especially in Duluth, Minnesota. Every year, these Wild Rice Burgers are served at the Minnesota State Fair.
History of Wild Rice by International Wild Rice Association:
The history of wild rice is an interesting one. It is an aquatic cereal grain that grows wild in isolated lakes and river bed areas located primarily within the continent of North America. This ancient grain has been found in layers of the earth dating back some 12,000 years. In addition to its role as an important food staple for ancestral peoples, it has provided a unique habitat for fish and waterfowl for thousands of years. The methods used for harvesting wild rice have remained unchanged for centuries. Wild Rice also has many uses, as a grain, as a folk medicine, in ornamental use and in cultural events.
“Real” or what many people call “organic wild rice” grows wild in the clear lakes of northern Minnesota and Canada. It is not genetically modified and has not been altered like some of the cultivated paddy wild rice that is available in grocery stores across the country.
Wild Rice Burger Recipe:
Recipe was adapted from the Duluth Grill Cookbook, by Robert Lillegard. This cookbook is filled with more than 100 make-at-home versions of the restaurant’s most popular recipes. Recipe was shared with me by John Shirley.
Photo posted with permission by Rolf Hagberg Photography