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Leftover Risotto Burger Recipe to Make With Kids

Yvonne Spence loves to create healthy recipes and believes we don't have to give up enjoyment when we give up refined sugar.

An easy recipe to whip up with kids!

An easy recipe to whip up with kids!

A Recipe for Parents and Kids to Make Together

This recipe uses leftover risotto and just a few other ingredients. It is extremely easy to make and is a great recipe for kids to help with.

If you make a large batch of risotto on Sunday, you can then turn the leftovers into tasty burgers on Monday, with minimal effort. When making the risotto, make about one and a half the amount you would usually do, and this will leave enough for the burgers. All the measurements in this recipe are approximate, as this really doesn’t need to be accurately measured! (Told you it’s easy!)

You can use any risotto recipe for this dish. The burgers work best with cold risotto, as the rice sticks together well. When reheating cooled rice, it is important to make sure it is thoroughly cooked through, as poorly reheated rice can result in food poisoning. As long as you follow the instructions here, all will be well!

Kids will probably enjoy shaping the burgers and getting messy. But if they don’t, you can greatly reduce the mess by scooping up the mixture with a tablespoon and only lightly shaping them with fingers. This makes smaller burgers than you would buy in a fast-food outlet; one would be enough for a small child, while adults and teenagers will need two. The recipe makes eight burgers.

I have used the North American cups system to measure the risotto. Readers outside North America can use a standard measuring jug: 1 cup equals 8 fluid ounces or 225 milliliters.


  • 3 cups of leftover cold risotto
  • 1/2 cup / 3 ounces / 85 grams nuts or seeds (We used cashew nuts and sunflower seeds, but you can use any nuts you’d like.)
  • 1/2 cup / 3 ounces / 85 grams cheese
  • 1 egg
  • some flour or breadcrumbs

Step 1. Preparing the Mixture

Kid’s Job:

Using a potato masher, mash the risotto until any large chunks of vegetables are broken up, and the mixture is fairly sticky.


Kid’s Job With Adult Supervision:

Grind the nuts or seeds in a food processor until the pieces are small and even.

If you don’t have a food processor, grind the nuts in a pestle and mortar, or place them in a bowl and bash them with the end of a rolling pin!


Adult or Older Child’s Job:

Grate the cheese finely.

Kid’s Job:

Mix the nuts and cheese into the risotto mixture.

Step 2. Shaping and Coating the Burgers

Kid’s Job With Some Adult Supervision:

Prepare Your Coating:

  1. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl. (A cereal or soup bowl is ideal.)
  2. Sprinkle flour onto a plate to cover it thickly.
  3. Place the bowl and plate close to each other.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop up spoonfuls of the mixture and shape into rounds. (See photo below.)
  5. Dip each burger in the egg.
  6. Lay each burger in the flour, and turn over to make sure both sides are coated.
Cook them until golden brown.

Cook them until golden brown.

Step 3. Cooking the Burgers

Adult’s Job (Or Kid’s With Careful Supervision):

Fry the burgers for around 5 minutes each until each side is golden brown. The burger will soften a little during cooking, so use a spatula or fish slice to turn them to avoid them breaking up.

Serve with new potatoes and vegetables or French fries and salad.

Variations for Those With Allergies or Vegan Needs

  • Nut-Free Variation: The recipe contains chopped nuts or seeds, but if anyone is allergic to nuts, then just leave them out. If the mixture seems a little soggy without nuts, then add some flour until it stiffens. This could be ordinary wholewheat flour or gram flour.
  • Dairy-Free Variation: In the same way, the cheese can be omitted if you want a dairy-free burger. We add cheese individually when eating risotto. But if you have already mixed cheese through your risotto, there is no need to add more cheese to this recipe.
  • Gluten-Free Variation: If you need a gluten-free burger, use gram flour in place of the flour for coating the burgers.
  • Vegan Variation (or if you are allergic to eggs): If you want to a vegan burger, you can leave out the cheese and egg. But I would still recommend dipping the burger in flour, as this helps to keep its shape when cooking.
The finished product.

The finished product.


Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on March 27, 2012:

I’ll look forward to it Ruchira!

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on March 27, 2012:

Hi Maddie,

They are delicious! Being a vegetarian I’m probably more aware of dietary needs than most, so it seems only fair to include those who are restricted for various reasons! Thanks for your comment.

Ruchira from United States on March 27, 2012:

No Melovy. I have not shared my recipe on HP. But, thanks for the idea.

Once, I write I will notify you :) Cheers!

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on March 27, 2012:

Hi Ruchira,

Have you shared your recipe on HubPages? If so let me know it’s url and I will link to it.

Thanks for your comment.

Maddie Ruud from Oakland, CA on March 27, 2012:

Oooooh, these look delicious! I love that you've listed variations for different dietary needs.

Ruchira from United States on March 27, 2012:

Very nice Mellovy.

I usually make burgers out of potatoes and peas but, might give this a try. So healthy and hoping kid finds it tasty :) Cheers!

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on March 27, 2012:

Hi Kelley,

Thanks and hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine do. We’ve tried many variations of veggie burger and this one is the most successful.

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on March 27, 2012:

Hi Ardie,

So many people seem to have allergies these days, particularly to nuts and gluten, that it seems sensible to include alternatives when I can. Thanks very much for your comment!

kelleyward on March 26, 2012:

Yummy! Voted up and beautiful. This looks great. I will bookmark this and try it with my kids. Beautiful pics.

Sondra from Neverland on March 26, 2012:

This looks great! Thank you for adding the variations for those of us who need or want to restrict our diets :)

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on March 26, 2012:

Hi alocsin and thanks for your comment - particularly since it made me laugh!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 26, 2012:

I'm not waiting for any kids just so I can enjoy this treat. Voting this Up and Useful.

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on March 26, 2012:

Thanks Cardisa,

Ssh, but I think you are still allowed to eat them even if you are not a kid! (I do.)

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on March 26, 2012:

Very nice. I wish I was a kid again...lol. This is a great fun cooking activity for the kids and tasty dinner too.

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