Sunny Sunflower Seed Burgers

As we prepare the menu for dinner guests we always jump to this delicious vegan burger recipe. Satisfying and simple, guests will love it! All the ingredients will usually be in your pantry and all you need to create a great meal is to pick up some avocados, tomatoes and onions for toppings. We like to serve the burgers with roasted sweet potatoes, baked beans, and a green salad.

I cup uncooked short grain brown rice
2 cups raw sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 carrot coarsely chopped
Oil for skillet
Hamburger buns (optional)
Toppings: sliced avocado, sliced tomato and sliced red onions

1. Cook rice as directed on package. Let stand 20 minutes.
2. Food process seeds, spices, and salt until finely ground. Add carrots and pulse a few times. Add rice and pulse a few times to combine. Do not over-process.
3. Form into patties. I like to let the patties chill in the fridge until ready to cook to avoid crumbling or breaking. (uncooked patties stored on waxed paper will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week).
4. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook patties 3-5 minutes on each side. Place on toasted bun (optional) with your favorite toppings.


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