Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weekend Cooking - Sunburgers

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This is my first entry for Weekend Cooking. I haven't made these in awhile, but they are one of our favourites.

Sunburgers (adapted from Winnipeg Free Press 1/23/2008)

1 1/2 cups TVP (textured vegetable protein)
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1 cup sunflower seeds (hulled)
1 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
4-5 tbsp finely diced and sautéed sweet pepper (red, yellow or green)
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup flour
Salt and pepper
Warm water (about 1 cup)

Lime dill garlic sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp dill - dried (or 1 tbsp fresh)
1 tsp garlic - minced

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare pan (cookie sheet) with either oil or baking spray.

Mix TVP with boiling water in a bowl. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the rest of the ingredients. After the allotted time give the TVP a quick stir, then mix in the remaining patty ingredients, gradually adding warm water at the end until the mixture is sticky enough to form solid patties. The mixture will be quite messy. Using a 1/2 cup measure, scoop the mixture onto a prepared pan. Use the back of the measuring cup to slightly flatten. The patties should be 3-4 inches wide. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Flip and bake for 10-15 more minutes. The longer bake time will result in firmer/crispier burgers.

To make the lime dill garlic sauce: mix the ingredients together adjusting the amounts to taste.

Serve the patties on toasted bagels spread with the sauce and your choice of accompaniments. In the photo, I used fresh spinach, cucumber slices, avocado, mozzarella cheese, and a cheddar-jalapeno bagel.

The above recipe will make 8-10 patties. They freeze well. To use after freezing: thaw burgers then lightly sauté until heated through. Serve as above.



  1. These sound tasty and look great. I have not bought TVP, is there any particular brand you recommend? also, at the sunflower seeds raw?

    I look forward to trying these for son, the burgers he likes are rather expensive.

  2. Heather, I sent you an email, but I figured I'd post something here too just in case someone else had the same questions.

    1) I always buy my TVP at the bulk store, so I can't recommend a brand. If they don't have it, you should be able to find it at a health food store, but it'll be more expensive.
    2) The sunflower seeds are raw and unseasoned.

    I hope you try them.

  3. My niece, a teenager, is a vegetarian and a budding cook. I'll have to pass this recipe along to her. They look and sound good.

  4. I've never cooked with TVP but this recipe looks fantastic! I'll have to look for it at my local health market. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I've never used TVP, but this burger looks divine! And it is healthy! :)


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