It’s school holidays and my daughter is home. I just wanted to make something different for lunch using left over rice. Not fried rice, not rice soup, not Onigiri. What would you cook? I cooked Rice Burgers. Today’s filling was Yakiniku Stir-fry and I used Nori Sheet instead of lettuce for the burgers.


4 Rice Burgers

Rice Patties Ingredients

Cooked Rice 1 rice bowlful for each (*short grain slightly starchy rice like Sushi Rice)
Sesame Oil
Soy Sauce & Mirin Mix 1 teaspoon each

Yakiniku Stirfry Ingredients

Thinly Sliced Pork or Beef 300 to 400g
Vegetables enough for 4 burgers
(*Suggestions: Onion, Carrot, Capsicum, Beans, Asparagus, Cabbage, Shiitake, etc.)
Oil 1 tablespoon
Yakiniku Sauce

  1. 1Make rice patties. Cooked rice needs to be warm to hot, so heat the cooked rice if cold. Divide one rice bowlful warm rice in half and make flat rice balls. Make two patties for each burger.
  2. Using plastic wrap, press the rice balls firmly to 1cm thick. Using a ramekin or an egg ring is also good method. Oil the ramekin or the ring with Sesame Oil first so that the rice won’t stick to them. Press down the rice very firmly is important.
  3. Brush Sesame Oil on both sides of the rice patties slightly.
  4. Cook the patties on each side in a non-stick frying pan or grill until light golden and crispy. Brushing ‘Soy Sauce & Mirin Mix’ slightly will give flavour and colour, but do this at the end very quickly because it burns easily.
  5. The rice patties that are crispy outside and soft inside can go very well with all kinds of fillings. Here is one great filling ‘Yakiniku Stir-fry’.
Yakiniku Stirfry Method
  1. Oil a heated frying pan and cook sliced Pork OR Beef. When meat changes the colour, add vegetables and stir-fry until the vegetables are cooked. Add Yakiniku Sauce and mix well.