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Great Grain Burgers

 Great Grain Burgers
"I've experimented with many combinations of ingredients to make a good meatless burger...and this is our favorite," says Pat Whitaker, Alsea, Oregon. "These patties cook up golden brown and crispy and make delicious sandwiches."
12 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling Cook: 30 min.


  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup uncooked bulgur
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups finely chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 12 sandwich rolls, optional
  • Lettuce leaves and tomato slices, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine the rice, bulgur, seasoning blend,
  • poultry seasoning and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and
  • simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from the heat;
  • cool completely. Cover and refrigerate.

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Great Grain Burgers (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, oats, mozzarella cheese,
  • cheddar cheese and onion. In a blender, process cottage cheese and
  • egg substitute until smooth; add to the mushroom mixture. Stir in
  • the parsley, salt, basil, celery seed and chilled rice mixture.
  • Shape 1/2 cupfuls into patties.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook four patties in 1 teaspoon oil for
  • 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and crisp. Repeat
  • with remaining patties and oil. Serve on rolls with lettuce and
  • tomato if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One cooked patty equals 126 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 286 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.