Sunshine Burger

There are these store-bought veggie burgers called “Sunshine Burgers“, and they’re super wholesome.  Brown rice, raw sunflower seeds and carrots form the base of these patties, and then they’re adorned with various seasonings and herbs.  A couple of their patties contain beans, too.  So I was thinking, “self, this is such an uncomplicated ingredient list – so uncomplicated, in fact, that I should be able to make these myself”.

So make them myself I did.  Inspired by OSG’s veggie burger that I made a couple weeks ago, I was looking for a burger with a great texture and flavor, and also something that would be fast and easy to make so I could focus on all that music-making stuff I’ve got going on.  I was looking for something filling, but that wouldn’t make my stomach go all “blarg!”.  Like that.

And now, I’m so freakin’ in love with these burgers it’s not even funny.  At lunch I was ranting to Logan about how awesome it’ll be to make these next month when we’re poor and living in our new place, since they’re so cheap to assemble.  They hold their shape well despite not having a trace of gluten or breadcrumb in them, and they have a moist but not mushy texture.  I’ve eaten them with bread and tucked inside large romaine leaves, and both ways are yummy.

(Oh yeah, I forgot to mention we’re moving.  I know, moving in the same month as recording, I’m a genius.)

Sunshine Burger
Makes 6 patties


1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup grated carrot


1.  In a food processor, grind the sunflower seeds with the basil, thyme, salt and onion powder until the seeds are fairly well-ground – some chunks are good.  Add the rice and carrots to the food processor and lightly process until it forms a sticky dough.  The dough should still have some texture to it.

2.  With damp hands, form the dough into 6 patties.  You can cook them using either the oven or a frying pan – for a frying pan, heat a little oil over medium-low heat and cook each side for about 10 minutes, until golden.  In the oven, bake them for 15 minutes per side at 350 F.

Enjoy on buns or leaves with all your favorite condiments.  Potatoes make a classic accompaniment, but a lovely green salad would happily pair with this burger as well.

Seriously, these are some of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever made, and I’ve made plenty in my day.  No one will try one and be like “is this a meat burger?”, but that’s no tragedy.  Veggie burgers should be loved and respected for what they are (veggies).  A crazy thought, I know.

Speaking of crazy, check this out:

I just have to share this with you at least once a year.  That there’s the mighty country of Canada – now look for the city that says -29.  That’s me!  We’ve got windchill warnings going on and off, which basically means that though it’s -29, it actually feels more like -40.  It’s so cold that your eyebrows freeze within a minute.  But honestly, you can’t live in a place like Regina and not feel super badass, since most of the world population will never experience an intense cold like this.  Ever.  The more northerly regions like Alaska, Northwest Territories and Nunavut generally have us beat when it comes to being badass, but there’s also very few people who live that far north.  So yeah.  Feelin’ pretty hardcore.  And also really grateful for my heater.
Hope you’re all having a great week and I’ll catch up with you on the weekend!
  • vimwac

    I love Oh She Glows! I've always wanted to try making her veggie burgers, but I've been too afraid to try them.

  • xvavaveganx

    I love Angela's blog too! I just recently combed through her archives and I can't get enough of her recipes! They all sound so delicious and healthy and I actually just posted a recipe that I tried from there on my blog today 🙂 I've seen sunshine burgers in the store but have never tried them but your version looks SO GOOD! I love the simple ingredients, I bet it packs quite a bit of flavor though! I'll have to try them!

  • Allysia

    OSG is a fave, fo sho. She definitely has her own style with her photography and food styling, too. You should totally try making them, it's so easy and yummy! 🙂

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    The veggie burger looks good!!! I have never made homemade veggie burgers – just bought them or ordered at a restaurant.

  • tara

    Hey you! Managing to keep warm? Yeah this cold is insane! Whistler is normally pretty warm I believe but recently we've had a few -30's with windchill. And although it keeps me off the mountain, I definitely still feel pretty badass when I have to brave the cold to catch the bus!
    This recipe is awesome, thank you. I've done a lot of reading how gluten can be a trigger for acne, which I've got at the moment, so I'm giving the old GF thing a try (wahhhh I LOVE bread and pizza!}, so this recipe gets the thumbs up from me, cheers!

  • Allysia

    I've come to the conclusion that all this dry cold weather isn't great for the skin either…Mexico was the best for that! Good luck with the GF thing! And thanks Jolene, I absolutely love ordering veggie burgers at restaurants…they're usually pretty yummy!

  • Karen DelFante

    You are badass Allysia 🙂 and I really like your blog. I've tried many blogs to help and inspire me. Your blog is one of two that have stood the test of time for me. Thanks so much for sharing and helping me learn to cook more than just stir fried tofu. Your blog shares the top two slot with

  • greenveggies

    Looks great! Can't wait to give this recipe a try!

  • Allysia

    I know I already mentioned this on your blog, but I really appreciate this kind comment. 🙂 Thank you!

  • Allysia

    I can't wait to re-make this, ha ha 🙂

  • K

    These look so tasty.