Even though I’ve gone through periods of being vegetarian, vegan, or eating only organic whole foods, I’m still an omnivore. I try to observe the health laws in the Bible so I don’t eat pork or shellfish or fish that are bottom feeders and a whole host of other animal products that are just weird. But instead of focusing on a list of rules and restrictions, I focus on the delicious things that I do eat and I am a total foodie when it comes to those foods. I love vegetables and fruits, I love natural foods. A quick scroll through my blog and you’ll see my mild obsession with salads and grains. Being a vegetarian is not too far left of where my eating habits are right now. And even though I go for making meals from scratch when I can, it’s a real bonus when I can get some help from a freezer that doesn’t compromise on those values.
Stand in the freezer section of your local supermarket and you’ll find lots of options for meatless proteins and meat substitutes. But so many of them are packed with sodium to give taste, or are just mechanically separated soy without any other nutrients. Thankfully, in the past few weeks, I’ve found some amazing brands that are creating veggie burgers from… Vegetables… I know! Revolutionary! Sunshine Burgers is one of those brands. They make veggie burgers using completely organic, sprouted bean products, non-GMO ingredients. They taste good, they’re good for you, they are good for the environment. Win, win, win!
Last week, my meal plan was all about the salads and veggie burgers and these Sunshine Burgers made for some tasty meals.
My fave way to prepare these burgers is to put a tablespoon of olive oil in a nonstick skillet over low to medium heat and just let the patty sizzle for a few minutes on each side. You can also heat these up on a plate in the microwave but I personally like the little crunch I get from sizzling them on the stove. I add some fat to the meal but I think it’s worth it.
I’ve tried a few different varieties – Garden Herb, Loco Chipotle and the Original. The Garden Herb is my favorite – it has more vegetables inside and the burgers are smaller so there are 3 patties in the box. The larger patties (quarter pounders) are only 2 in each box.
I picked up a box of Garden Herb Sunshine Burgers at Whole Foods for $4.99. There, the quarter pounders cost $6.99 for 2 patties. I think that $6.99 for 2 burgers is a little steep, considering the smaller 3-in-a-box cost $4.99. I suppose it’s more of a mental thing, because even though the burgers are smaller, I am getting more patties for $2 less so it seems hard to spend more for less. But they are delicious and filling.
I like when I open veggie burgers and the patties are individually wrapped so I can open the box and use one patty and put the rest back in the freezer and not worry about them getting freezer-burn. Also, if you’ve ever tried to pry two frozen veggie patties apart and one breaks and crumbles in your hand, you probably appreciate individually wrapped patties too. BUT. Number one, when I open the box, these burgers don’t stay long enough in the freezer for freezer burn to suffer from exposure. And number two. They are quite stable. The organic brown rice is quite stable as a binder and even if you have to pry them apart, there is no breakage or crumbling.
These Sunshine Burgers don’t taste like meat but I firmly believe that vegetable products should NOT taste like meat. Foods should taste like what they are!
Sunshine Burgers. Try them. You might like them. I did!
They’re very versatile. I use Sunshine Burgers mostly as a salad topper but I’ve also heated them up and crumbled them as an add-in for an omelette. Delicious!!!
So even if you’re not vegetarian, Sunshine Burgers are a great option for the long hot days of summer when you want to just eat something light that doesn’t require you to spend a long time in the kitchen. Meals don’t get much easier than heating up a delicious burger patty.
Disclaimer: Sunshine Burgers provided me with some coupons so I received free burgers to taste test but I was not otherwise compensated for my opinions. I truly enjoyed the product and if I didn’t, I would’ve told you. I liked these burgers so much that after my free coupons were finished, I went back to the store and stocked up on even more Sunshine burgers. As always, if you have food allergies, read the labels and make sure the burgers are safe for you to eat.