Rice Cooker Beef Burger with Aioli

It may seem strange, but cooking burgers in a rice cooker results in juicy, tender patties perfect for a weeknight meal.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1⁄2 onion, grated
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1⁄2 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided use (about 2 Tbsp. per batch)
  • 4 burger buns, halved
  • 1⁄4 cup aioli
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced and divided
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • 1⁄2 red onion, thinly sliced


  • Place the beef, grated onion, garlic, ginger, Worcestershire sauce, basil, salt, pepper, and egg in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until evenly combined. Divide meat mixture into 4 burger patties, each about 3 inches in diameter and 1⁄2 inch thick.
  • Add oil to the rice cooker, cover, and set to Cook. When the base of the cooker pot gets warm, add patties (in batches) and fry about 5 minutes on each side or until browned and cooked through. Cover rice cooker while frying (using partial steam to cook the beef). Transfer the cooked patties to a plate, set aside, and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining oil and patties.
  • Place a patty on each burger bun and add aioli, tomatoes, lettuce, and sliced onions, as desired.