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Mushroom, Spinach & Swiss Brown Rice Patties

Ok, fine, it’s not a burger. But it’s hearty, earthy, cheesy and delightful, and that’s nothing to turn up your nose at.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: The Kitchen Prep


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic grated or minced
  • 1 ½ cups roughly chopped baby bella mushrooms rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups roughly chopped spinach
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice {I used frozen and zapped in the microwave}
  • ½ cup {heaping} grated Swiss cheese
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs {I used gluten free but you can use regular or panko}


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute, stirring often.
  • Add chopped mushrooms to pan and cook until they begin to release water. Sprinkle with thyme and salt. Cook, stirring often until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Stir in spinach and cook until completely wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add brown rice to the skillet and stir to combine. Reduc
  • Sprinkle grated swiss over the rice mixture, and stir until the cheese is melted. {You should see stringy melted cheese as you stir.} Cool until it is a comfortable temperature for handling.
  • Meanwhile, place breadcrumbs into a bowl or on a small plate. Prepare a small baking pan by lining with parchment paper or foil sprayed with a bit of oil.
  • Using a ½ cup measuring cup, scoop out a portion of the rice mixture and shape into a ball, then gently flatten into a patty.
  • Carefully place patty in the breadcrumbs and press down a bit to adhere, then flip and repeat.* Place onto prepared baking pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

To cook patties:

  • For pan cooking, spray a skillet with oil {or pour in a small amount of oil if you don't have a Misto} over medium heat, and cook the patties for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned and heated through. To bake, heat the oven to 375 and bake for 10-12 minutes on each side or until golden and cooked through.