Wild Rice Veggie Sliders with Herbed Ricotta

Author Notes: Can I just say, I am so glad the days of rubbery and bland veggie burgers are over and that they are finally getting the reputation they deserve as delicious (…more) —Shelly Westerhausen

Serves 4

Herbed Ricotta

  • 8ounces whole-milk ricotta
  • 2garlic cloves, minced
  • 1tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1teaspoon dried basil or dried oregano
  • 1/2teaspoon dried dill
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ricotta, garlic, parsley, basil, and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Veggie Burgers

  • 2/3cup wild rice, rinsed
  • 4cups vegetable stock, plus 1/4 cup
  • 1tablespoon olive oil
  • 1large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2celery stalks, finely diced
  • 3carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 3garlic cloves, minced
  • 2sprigs dill, chopped
  • 1/3cup tahini
  • 2Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/3cup breadcrumbs
  • 16slider buns, split
  1. In a large saucepan (with a lid) over high heat, combine the wild rice and 4 cups vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer, covered, until tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Drain, transfer to a large bowl, and let cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and sauté until very soft, 12 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat and fold in the chopped dill.
  3. In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the tahini, dates, oregano, cayenne, mustard, and remaining 1/4 cup vegetable stock and blend until smooth.
  4. Add the tahini-date paste, the bread crumbs, and the sautéed vegetables to the bowl with the wild rice and fold together until combined. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  5. Using your hands, shape 1/4 cup of the mixture into a ball and then gently flatten into a patty that is about 1-in thick. Transfer the patties to a plate and continue to form patties with the remaining mixture. Cover and refrigerate the patties for up to 24 hours or cook them right away.
  6. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to medium heat.
  7. Arrange the patties on the grill, cover, and cook, flipping once, until warmed through, 12 to 15 minutes.

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