I made a few changes to this recipe. Instead of breadcrumbs I used crushed herb and garlic croutons. I also used the crushed croutons mixed with grated parmesan cheese to coat the rice balls instead of wheat germ. They turned out delicious! However I didn't like them with spaghetti, I think they were great on their own, or would go well with some kind of mushroom sauce. I had no problems with the rice balls falling apart, and I chopped my onions by hand. I would suggest cooking them until the outside is nice and crispy, as the taste and texture is much better that way.
these don't look particularly appetizing, but tasted pretty good. remember to season your patty with salt. i chopped my onions fine in the food processor, but the patty still fell apart. the cayenne pepper was a good addition. i think the overall texture was not as good as i had imagined; next time, i will incorporrate some grounded cashews, and i will edit this review. they do make good brownbag pita stuffings though. thank you