This is a great way to use leftover rice and any leftover meat, too!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 small patties
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix rice, onion, Cheddar cheese, egg, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, parsley, and onion powder by hand in a bowl.

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  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

  • From rice mixture into 4 small patties.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry patties in hot oil until lightly browned, about 5 minutes per side.

Cook's Notes:

Can add leftover meat (about 2/3 cup) such as shredded beef, pork, chicken, or ground beef.

Use whatever type of cheese you like.

Be careful when flipping; they sometimes break, but still are tasty!

Nutrition Facts

134 calories; protein 4.6g 9% DV; carbohydrates 12.8g 4% DV; fat 7.2g 11% DV; cholesterol 53.9mg 18% DV; sodium 207.9mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2014
I'm no expert, but I added another egg, more cheese, and a bit of flour to help keep them together. Also, you can use a more sticky rice to help. It's incredibly important that you do not flip them too soon while cooking! If you do all of this, you will not have them break apart! :D I also sprinkled seasoning salt after and ate them with sour cream! YUM! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/06/2017
I followed the directions I swear. This was just okay but I ended up pitching them as they weren't worth saving. My daughter likened them to dog biscuits. The dog thought they were just okay too. It was an interesting recipe to try though no regrets. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2014
I'm no expert, but I added another egg, more cheese, and a bit of flour to help keep them together. Also, you can use a more sticky rice to help. It's incredibly important that you do not flip them too soon while cooking! If you do all of this, you will not have them break apart! :D I also sprinkled seasoning salt after and ate them with sour cream! YUM! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2015
I baked mines in the oven like you would do macaroni & cheese & it turned out perfect... When I heated leftovers up I fried it with olive oil to brown it as directed in this recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2015
Great recipie! Last day before payday so I used what I had on hand. Arborio rice mozzarella parm and gluten free Italian bread crumbs. Seasoned the rice with garlic powder onion powder salt pepper thyme and oregano. Chilled rice for a couple hours before adding cheeses egg red pepper flakes fresh garlic and a little more pepper and salt. I used GF Italian bread crumbs but panko would work great too. Also used cooking spray rather than veg oil. They made an awesome side dish to baked chicken! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2014
These were delicious but they are really REALLY hard to keep together hence the 4 star rating. I used leftover yellow rice so that added a nice flavor to these. I am wondering what I can add to hold them together better...I mixed everything up (even using all of the optional ingredients except for the meat) formed the patties and let them 'set up' in the fridge all day before frying them in hopes of avoiding breakage. Some did stay together but the majority did not. They still are delicious and I plan on coming up with a solution to the breaking problem. Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2015
My husband is not a big rice fan but he asked me to make it again. So why only 4 stars? This is like making potato latkes. You need flour to hold it together. I still only used one egg and did add a little more cheese. I slightly fried the onion and garlic first also. I cooked the rice in chicken broth too. Folks you MUST be patient before even thinking about flipping these (just like latkes). They held together great for me. I will be making these again Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2015
I followed some of the other suggestions and added another egg and added some flour. When I started to form the patties I was a little concerned I hadn't added enough flour because they didn't want to stay together. I managed to get them in the pan. You have to make sure they are done on one side before you even think about turning them. One person suggested dipping in sour cream. I spread sour cream across the top added some salsa and cheese on top of that. It was so good. My husband isn't crazy about left overs but he loved this. Its been added to keep list. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2017
I added basil instead of oregano made a double batch and added about 1/4 cup extra of cheese. My rice was a few days old so I worked slowly to keep the patties together. My husband asked me what made the flavor and he said "I LIKE it." I'll favorite this recipe and make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2016
Had loads of rice left over when I read this recipe so I tried it out. Really easy to prepare and delicious. I'm going to add some finely chopped smoked bacon lardons next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2016
I made it the traditional way it was ok then made it a second time buy changing parsley to cilantro and pepper to cumin and cheese to mexican blend baked it with extra cheese on top. At 400 for 45 minutes. Used leftover take out rice. Kids loved it Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/06/2017
I followed the directions I swear. This was just okay but I ended up pitching them as they weren't worth saving. My daughter likened them to dog biscuits. The dog thought they were just okay too. It was an interesting recipe to try though no regrets. Read More