Anything with the word ‘sunshine’ in the title is bound to be a good thing.
Sunshine + burger = double bonus.
You know how I feel about double bonuses? Extra good times two. Extra, extra, good, good.
If you could harvest the sun’s energy in a burger form, I wouldn’t recommend eating that burger. Let’s get real — that’d be way too much energy. But, what if you could harvest a little of the sun’s oooh-la-la-I-feel-good-after-a-dash-of-sunshine-feeling? Yeah, you would want a little taste of that, wouldn’t ya?
This is that burger.
Sunflower seeds. Brown rice. Carrots. Garlic. Onion. Processed. Baked. Enjoyed. You are correcting in noting that ‘sunflower seeds’ and ‘brown rice’ are not complete sentences, but with a burger this good, let’s not sweat the small stuff. Not. Gonna. Sweat. It. Have you notice how often I use a word as a sentence? All. The. Time. Putting a period after something does not a sentence make. Not close.
1C cooked brown rice
1C sunflower seeds
1 medium carrot, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1T olive oil (optional)
Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor, combine rice, seeds, carrot, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Process until ingredients are all incorporated, sticky, and it forms a ‘dough.’ I just let my run for a few seconds until all ingredients were incorporated. If you want more texture to your burger, only add 1/2 of the sunflower seeds initially. Add the other 1/2 at the last second and only pulse a few times to combine.
Form 1/4C of mixture into a burger patty. Place on lined baking sheet. Repeat until you have used all of the mixture.
Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes, flipping once halfway through cooking.
Serve on a bun, on a slice of lettuce, or crumbled over a salad. Top with condiments of choice. These are very plain so they can be topped a zillion ways.