California has seemed a bit sunnier for me these past few weeks since my son has been visiting from his east coast college (and I’m savoring every moment!). He is a vegetarian (leaning towards vegan) so I have spent some time coming up with some new recipes for him to try.
Recently I heard about homemade “sunshine burgers” and how they are superior to most frozen vegan burgers found at the grocery store. After looking at several recipes, I developed this simple version which, I’ll have to say, is surprisingly tasty.
Prepared as a burger or a sandwich with customary condiments, it is pleasantly filling.
Being that I’m not big on beefy hamburgers, I have a feeling I’ll be enjoying these long after my son returns to college.
- 1 1/2 cups raw (shelled) sunflower seeds, ground
- 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1 clove garlic, minced or put through garlic press
- 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt (or salt-free blend)
- 2 TBS water
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In food processor, pulse ground sunflower seeds, rice, carrot, garlic, seasoned salt and water together until blended.
- Form into patties and place on lightly oiled baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes on each side (total of 20 minutes).
- Serve on bread, burger bun or in pita pocket.
Sunflower seeds may be ground in coffee grinder. If mixture is sticky, moisten hands with water when forming patties. To insure these are gluten free, be sure to check rice package label to ensure that it has not been processed in same facility as wheat or other grain products.
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