Crispy Rice Cheeseburgers

4 servings
Buns made out of crispy rice? You better believe it. These Crispy Rice Cheeseburgers are a fun, gluten-free option topped with creamy, melty Gouda cheese.

Recipe by: Kristina Cho, Eat Cho Food


  • 1 1/2 cups short-grain rice, like sushi rice
  • Sesame seeds, for topping (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 12 ounces ground beef or plant-based alternative
  • 1/3 cup minced white onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (6-oz) wedge Roth Gouda cheese, shredded
  • Lettuce, for topping
  • Tomato, for topping
  • Slice onion, for topping


  1. Wash and rinse the rice in the bowl of the rice cooker 3 times, until the water runs somewhat clear. Add 2 1/4 cups of water to the rice and cook until fluffy. Fluff the rice and let it cool for 10 minutes before forming the buns.
  2. It’s best/easiest to form the buns with warm rice. Scoop about 1/2 cup of rice and form into a patty, either by hand with the help of a sheet or plastic wrap or with a 4-inch ring mold. Dip your hands and utensils in water occasionally to help prevent sticking. Place the formed rice patties on a parchment paper line baking sheet.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high, add about 1 tablespoon of oil and let it warm up. Add 4 rice patties (or however many will fit in the pan) and cook until the bottom is crispy and lightly golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until crispy and golden brown. Transfer the crispy rice patties back onto the baking sheet. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and cook the remaining rice patties. If you want to keep the rice patties warm, you can keep them in the oven at 200-degrees, but leaving them at room temperature is fine.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, mix to combine beef, onion, and salt. Divide into 4 equal portions and form into a ball. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the burger portions into the pan and smash into a flat round with the back of a spatula. Cook until crisp and browned, about 2 minutes, flip and top with about 2 oz of cheese. Cover with a lid and cook until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Place the cheeseburger on top of a crispy rice patty and assemble your burger with your favorite toppings.