Monday, July 6, 2015

Sunshine Burgers

Back in the day, if you had asked me what my favorite burger was, I'd have proclaimed, "Sunshine Burgers!" They've been around for more than 20 years now and can be found almost everywhere. But, with the market saturated with veggie burgers, you now have lots of choices. I went back and revisited my old staple after many years.

Sunshine Burgers are made with organic, all natural, and non-GMO ingredients in eight flavors. The first one I tried was the Loco Chipotle. There are only two burgers in each box because these burgers are huge! The ingredient list is impressive though in how natural it is -- black beans, sunflower seeds, sprouted brown rice, carrots, chipotle pepper, chia seeds, hemp seeds, onions, green peppers, garlic, jalapeno peppers, and spices. That's it! But, while the burger is all-natural, I felt like it lacked a lot of flavor. I also found these to be way too big and gooey -- like a homemade burger back in the 70's. And because there are a lot of seeds, the fat per burger is 16 grams -- that's pretty high even if it is good fat.

In fact, I really felt the same way about all four flavors that I tried. The Mushroom one probably had the least flavor of all. It had a nice texture, but fell apart easily. Avocados and grilled mushrooms really made this burger delish.

The Garden Herb burger was really just made with sunflower seeds, brown rice, and carrots, so not much to it. The only thing out of the garden was the carrots! I found this one to be drab and it also broke apart easily.

The South West flavor is made with sunflower seeds, brown rice, carrots, black beans, and spices and also needed more flavor.

It isn't like these burgers are bad -- they are hearty and filled with good-for-you ingredients, so there are a lot of reasons to like them. They just need more flavor or need to be topped with lots of sauces, mushrooms, and avocados! Also, most of the boxes have three burgers in them, which is just weird. Two or four would be better. I also love that they are certified organic and non-GMO Project Verified and all of them are gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Not too shabby. If you'd like to try them for yourself, you'll find them pretty much everywhere and on Amazon here. Just be sure to get your toppings ready.

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

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