The “Raw” Burger

“Raw” Burger

No, it’s not raw meat, we said this was veggie burger week after-all, but this burger is “raw” because it has not been cooked over 118 degrees.  You may have already heard of the raw foods diet, in fact, a book that I picked up a little over a year ago about this type of diet was part of the inspiration behind this site.   

A raw foodie’s diet is typically a vegan diet consisting of uncooked fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and various super-foods like goji berries.  It’s based on the idea that by not cooking food beyond a certain temperature, the enzymes and all the other good stuff in these foods remain “alive” and are better suited to nourish your body in this state.  Thus, raw recipes that are designed to mimic the traditional favorite cooked foods like the burger pictured above will usually call for a dehydrator instead of an oven to achieve a “cooked” texture in order to avoid actually having to cook the food.

This recipe is straight from one of my favorite raw food cookbooks, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen (this burger is pictured on the cover) by Ani Phyo, which has tons of simple, tasty raw creations that I have been experimenting with over the past year like this one.   But this was my first attempt at her “Sun Burgers” which came pretty well and tasted even better after dehydrating for about three hours.  Phyo also lists in the book a raw Sesame Sunflower Bread recipe for the bun and even has a raw ketchup and mustard!   

Ani’s Sun Burgers
from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen 

2 stalks of celery, finely chopped, about 3/4 cup
1/4 c yellow onion, chopped
1/2 c red bell peppers, chopped
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. oregano, fresh or dried
1 c sunflower seeds, ground
1/2 c flax seeds, ground
1/2 c water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, adding the water last.  Form four balls and flatten into the burger patty shape.  You can enjoy as is or dehydrate for about three hours.

My only complaint is that the bread recipe she suggested for the bun was made up of predominately the same ingredients (but in different amounts) which made the Sun Burger and the bread a bit overwhelming together.  Next time I would either find a new “bun” recipe, make it an open face burger with a portobella mushroom cap or I would crumble it up over a salad. 

Posted in Recipes by Liz on March 13, 2008 | Permalink | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “The “Raw” Burger

  1. Elle says:

    Oh, these look wonderful–great photo! I actually just bought Ani’s book a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t sure exactly what she was eating on the cover at the time, but it looked so good that I had to have the book. I have the burgers dehydrating right now, and the bread just finished up about an hour ago. I can’t wait to try them.

    I found you because I went in search of anyone else that may have already made them. Do you mind if I link to your blog and this post when I post them on my own blog?

  2. Liz says:

    Hi Elle,

    Thanks for the comment. Of course you can link to us when you post about your site, and I do hope your raw burgers came out great! We are anxious to hear what you think.

    Liz

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