Vegan Quesadilla Sunshine Burgers

June 17, 2010 by Keri

I’m not through with my Chicago dining adventures yet; tomorrow morning will be Karyn’s Cooked, but a girl’s got to eat in the now too!  When we got home from our trip, the fridge was completely bare.  I knew we were leaving, so I worked my wasteless food planning system to ensure no produce went spoiled and uneaten.  Upon returning, a trip to Whole Foods was in order.  I always ravage the fresh produce section and then look for the yellow sale stickers everywhere else for new items to try (and blog about).  I came across Sunshine Burgers, which I’d never tried before, on special and grabbed them up to become the star of tonight’s quesadilla burgers.  But more on that in a few.

First, a sneak peak at lunch.  I really wasn’t all that hungry, so after serving the boys I started poking around for something light to hold me until dinner.  In a bowl, I blended Silk soy vanilla yogurt, halved fresh cherries, and a little Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.  Yum!

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Okay, now back to those burgers.  There were a few different options when it came to the Sunshine Burgers, but I simply chose original because they were a bit more affordable.  Making my own vegan burgers would, of course, be the most cost effective and delicious route to go, but I do like to try new things in hopes of an awesome new find!

Vegan Burger Recipes

Vegan Burger Recipes

For the quesadilla burgers, I placed a whole wheat tortilla on the panini press, topped it with a burger, Daiya cheddar shreds, diced tomatoes, kale, and hot salsa, followed by another tortilla.  After leaving them to press for 8-10 minutes (with one rotation, because I like those crisscrossed lines), the burgers were ready to eat.

Vegan Burger Recipes

These were absolutely delicious!  I highly recommend making quesadilla burgers using whatever vegan burger is your favorite, be it packaged or homemade.  The Sunshine Burgers were very tasty, even smashed a bit by the panini press, and had a texture that reminded me of the inside of a falafel ball.  I included the nutrition information above so you can make your own judgments based on your dietary needs and concerns, or compare to your current brand.

Vegan Burger Recipes

After dinner was cleaned up and it was time for the little guy to go to bed, Chris and I each grabbed a story to read to him.  I read first, and then my husband started to read something about bears and the dentist, and next thing I know I hear, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy” followed by, “Mommy’s passed out.”  There’s nothing like waking up after a five minute nap on hardwood flooring topped with a high pile rug.  My neck must have been bent in a creative way because those 5 minutes gave me a headache.  Oops! I guess all that Chicago eating wore me out. Anyway, I’ll leave you with this guy who was chilling in our backyard tonight.  So cute!  See you tomorrow with pictures from Karyn’s Cooked.

What’s your favorite veggie burger? (If it’s a recipe, feel free to leave a link.)

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  1. Amanda says:

    First – your chicago diner experience has me jealous, it seems to be the “mecca” and boy do I loooove a strawberry shake! My fave veggie burger (which probably would be awesome with a shake) is Amy’s California Burger – however the new found TJ’s Tofu Burger may be a close tie!

  2. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    that looks great and chicago diner…omg we are from chicago and i have never been there. havent lived in chicago for 10 yrs (thank god, too cold and too much traffic LOL) but i wanna go there!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Holy moly – these look delicious! What a great idea 🙂